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Category: Tips & Tricks

Sailing a regatta: how to manage watch and rest periods and food-stocks

Who, when it comes to boat crossing, does not immediately think about a refreshing rest in a natural harbour, a nap during the day’s hottest hours, refreshing dips, aperitifs and barbecues at sunset? Doesn’t everybody? Of course they do. Because sharing pleasant moments of close…

5 things to take into account in a storm

This article deals with the most important aspects of a topic on which entire volumes have been written: how to overcome rough weather at sea. Many yachtsmen consider a storm as the most unfortunate event that can happen at sea. We are all scared of…

Hull polishing and care of teak

Boat fiberglass hull gealcoat finishing provides long-lasting and waterproof protection and improves resistance to salt corrosion and UV rays. However, over time, it tends to lose its brightness and to become matt. This is why hull polishing is recommended every 3-4 years to remove stains…

Stainless Steel maintenance

Stainless steel has long embellished the boat environment with bright chromed accents   1 • Why is cleaning crucial? Contrary to common understanding, stainless steel is neither a stainless material nor impervious to corrosion. For this reason there are over 200 stainless steel grades featuring…

On board resource management

The issue of the safeguard of our resources is more and more topical and, on a boat, its impact is even greater. A sustainable and respectful approach to the environment affects also the sound management of on board resources (like at home) i.e. power and…

Anchoring manoeuvres

Any boat, of all kinds and dimensions, is provided with a range of anchoring, mooring and capstan equipment. Quantity and complexity of the equipment depend on the boat length and the effort to resist. The external environment i.e. waves, currents and winds affects the anchored…

Cleaning of water and fuel tanks

When the pleasure boating season is almost over and you’re going to winter store your boat, no matter whether wet or dry storage, one of the most common and needed procedures is cleaning the water and fuel tanks. Let’s analyse the crucial steps of accurate…

Rigging and mast cleaning and lubrication

Shrouds and mast are considered among the most reliable components of a sailboat. Not many other items convey the same feeling of being reliable. And maybe this is why their maintenance is often overlooked. However, service them regularly is essential to be sure that their…

Engine maintenance: cleaning and servicing

To keep your boat engine in good working order, it is good practice to perform all servicing activities. Regular engine servicing prevents unforeseen events and failures, also serious, that could put the season at risk or compromise safety during navigation. Engine servicing consists of two…

Life aboard: rules and roles.

Like in any family, company or group of people that join to manage their daily life, also life on board needs rules and roles. So parents become the partners of a company and a company’s CEO becomes the master of a ship. But, to make…

The boat launch after winterization

After winter storage it is now time to let our cuddle-eager “baby” have a bath. Let’s see how to prepare it for the launch. As described in the article about winter storage, some steps are similar and have to be repeated before boat launching, while…

Improve safety on board

Many people ask me how to improve their safety and their boat safety equipment. Given that we all have our own navigation style, most of the boats I visit aren’t compliant with their national marine standards for what concerns safety equipment: the liferaft is stuck…