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Tag: liferaft

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…

Your first cruise

This moment so imagined, dreamed and awaited for since your first sailing course, is now very near. Your first cruise without supervision is an important milestone to be remembered with pleasure, provided that a careful planning has left nothing to chance as plans may be…

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…

Safety on board: briefing is important

No matter you take a sailboat or a motorboat, with friends or for business, safety on board is always crucial and everyone agrees on a good briefing before leaving the port: just like when you step on an airplane, same stuff. Be it a watercraft…

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…

Review: underwater LED light

Osculati code: 13.640.01 The item comes in a nicely made box including instructions and screws for installation, like any other product by Osculati. I tried item number 13.640.01, a light designed for hull mounting: drill a bore large enough to let the power cord through…

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…

Review: Kit to cover steering wheels with leather

Osculati item code: 65.527.01 I have had the pleasure to test this kit supplied by Osculati in a convenient display packaging containing all what is necessary to cover a steering wheel: N. 2 strips of pre-punched leather, needles and sewing thread and a punch. I…