Repairs

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: , , , , |

Prop Repair: Henry H. Smith Co

Does your propeller need repair? The important things to look for when determining if your propeller needs repairs (besides the obvious dings and scratches) are performance changes. If you are losing speed or seeing changes in the WOT (Wide Open Throttle) rpm reading on your engines, the prop could be the problem. If you are [...]

Evaluating the Quality of Your Cleats

What to look for when examining existing cleats or installing new ones. Adding cleats to your boat? Assessing the quality of cleat installation aboard a boat you’re considering for purchase? Here’s what to look for. 1. Fastening Cleats should always be through-bolted with locknuts and washers. Though screws are nearly as tough on axial loads, [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:13+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Repairs, Safety|Tags: , |

Great Upgrades Anyone Can Afford

Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about useful upgrades to your boat. Realizing that cost is a concern these days, I’ve set a dollar limit of $500 for each of half-dozen improvements that can make your boat safer, less prone to problems or more energy efficient. Power or sail, you can make your [...]

DIY Upgrading Your Boat’s Trailer

Gas Prices are more affordable than they have been in years, so a road trip with the boat is a popular weekend or vacation outing. Owning a trailerable vessel is about the most affordable way onto the water. This season, lots of families will be towing their trailerboats while cruising the Interstate. Some of the [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:15+00:00 May 14th, 2015|Categories: Boating, DIY, Electronics, Repairs|Tags: , , , , , |