Letters from Steve

The new J/112E

At the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, I had a chance to spend a great deal of time at the J/Boats display. Included in that, was the opportunity to speak to Rod, Jeff, and Stu Johnstone. They all had tremendous experience to share, and stories of different boats, regattas, designs and modifications to boats. While [...]

2017-03-21T13:03:57+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Boat Reviews, Boating, Boats for Sale, Buying a Boat, Letters from Steve, Sailing|

What do I do About Bottom Paint?

What do I do about Bottom Paint? Trying to become more earth friendly is nothing terribly new. Many different sports that interact and even depend on the outdoors have changed the ways they impact the environment. For instance, in the 1970s lead shot was eliminated from shotgun shells used in conjunction with duck hunting. Boat [...]

Bottom Paint Removal: Part 3 of 3

This installment will be about the application of the final bottom paint. Most hulls that are wet-sailed (always in the water) have some type of ablative or anti-fouling paint, with something in them to help limit marine growth on the hull. Without a paint like these, critters and slime start growing almost immediately once the [...]

2016-10-04T16:17:10+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs|Tags: , , , , |

Bottom Paint Removal & Application Part 2 of 3

So in this blog, we’ll talk about surface prep of the bottom and the barrier coat. It is imperative that the surface is completely clear or all residue, oil, or old paint as the new paint will not adhere correctly or even at all. Nothing is worse than having to haul your boat out mid-season [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:09+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs|Tags: , , , |

Bottom Paint Removal & Application Part 1 of 3

Just so we’re clear; I’m not a professional. I’m not even a professional “Do It Yourselfer”. I’ve got enough experience to give you some hints and tips in case you’ve been considering this, and have enough stubbornness to do it. This guide is by no means all encompassing, and it can be improved upon, I’m [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:09+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs|Tags: , , , , , , |

2016 Boating New Years Resolutions

10 Boating Resolutions for 2016 Spend an extra night on the boat. You don’t even have to leave the dock.  Just relax. Clean out the engine compartment. Come on, you know it’s needed. Upgrade the entertainment system. Aren’t you tired of that Craig 8 track and your Bay City Rollers Collection? Add a piece of safety equipment. [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:10+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs, Safety, Sailing|Tags: , , , , |

What kind of sailboat should I buy?

A letter from a Broker, That’s a good question. It’s similar to “What mattress should I buy?”. It would be nice if the answer was as simple as the question. The fact is, there are many answers. Firm, double, king? Daysailer, Cruiser, Racer? So many options and even more personal preferences. Don’t worry about finding [...]