Oil is a simple and easy solution that works very well. The #1 thing to do is keep up the oil treatments so the teak doesn’t begin to weather. I didn’t do a great job of keeping AIR BORN’s teak oiled and as a result I needed to put some extra effort into getting it ‘ship shape‘. If AIR BORN’s teak had been treated with varnish, or ‘a varnish-like product, the job of getting the teak looking good would have taken over a week (best case) or more than two weeks. Because I use oil the task was competed in just over three hours. … More Spring commissioning – cleaning teak
‘E15’ refers to the percentage of ethanol in the gas. Most of us are using E10 in our cars & trucks. A few weeks ago I discussed outboard motor care and touched on the topic of ethanol in gasoline … More E15 Gas
In this post I will outline my process for finish varnishing … More Varnishing Part 2
‘How to varnish’ is one of those topics that sailors can spend hours discussing and never come to a consensus. In the end most agree that: … More Varnishing
For a new boat, or a boat that has never been bottom painted, the first step is ‘shooting the waterline‘. There are many ways to do this: water hose method, string and a level, or a laser level. These all assume you know where the waterline should be … not always obvious when the boat is brand new. … More Antifouling bottom paint – the waterline
If you plan on leaving your boat in the water for an extended period of time applying antifouling bottom paint to you boat required (usually). Most locations will result in bottom growth after a few weeks, though there are exceptions. … More Antifouling bottom paint: selecting bottom paint
Exterior and interior wood, to me, makes a sailboat ‘salty’ and appropriately like, well, a boat. From my early days, when my folks started sailing, a proper boat required some wood showing. When my folks went looking for a family boat a few 100% wood boats were considered (though only for a short time). … More Wood finishes
SWEET PEA has been lifted off her trailer, centerboard dropped, striped, sealed, antifouling painted and reinstalled back in into the boat. She is now set for another 10+ years.
I just love going for a cruise and finding a quiet cove away from all the other boats. Gunkholing requires an anchor. Here I’ll discuss how I store, launch and retrieve an anchor … … More Anchoring
Your sailboat’s deck hardware should have been installed using a bedding compound. (I sadly write ‘should’ as I have worked on boats where there is no evidence that bedding compound was used!) Commonly used are Sikaflex’s 291 and 3M’s 4000 and 4200 (remember, 5200 is for under the waterline applications that will very very very likely never be removed). SPECIAL NOTE: do not use silicone to bed deck hardware! 99.99% of the time silcone has NO PLACE for use in the marine environment! … More Do you know the condition of your boat’s deck hardware bedding?