Get Rid of Boat Odors!

The New Get Rid of Boat Odors .. a most valuable companion aboard!

The #1 rule — if the boat smells there’s a reason and the culprit is likely better at playing hide n seek than you are at finding the source of the smell! Need help finding the issue?

Ongoing Head Challenge …

O Ring being put back inside the pump casing ... after lubrication with PTFE  Magic Lube - or SuperLube -grease.

It’s never over til it’s over. One more head challenge before achieving the final VICTORY!

What Spares to Take Cruising?

Freeing the Wind Indicator

What spare parts do we need to go cruising? Here’s our downloadable PDF file to use as a starting point for your own boat.

B.O.A.T. Know What It Means?

RIP to our 30 year old Hurth V-Drive transmission

Someone once said: “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.”

Working With a Boatyard From Afar

The rudder assembly required rebuilding ... hopefully it's better than new!

As commuter cruisers, we often find ourselves managing major projects with a boatyard while we’re not there… not the best way, but we don’t want to waste our precious six months sailing in a boatyard … here are some tips from our experiences…

Boatyard Challenges …

Hauling is always a major trauma - the dread of what the bottom will look like is never fun.  Bad, but not as bad as I had envisioned ...

Owning a 30 year old boat is not for the faint of heart … or wallet. I keep telling myself “preventative maintenance is good”, but what next?

Sailboat & Diesel Fuel Issues


Clean sailboat diesel tanks are a never ending quest, especially for Commuter Cruisers who leave their boats … How do you keep from getting contaminating fuel? What if the fuel is already contaminated, how to clean it? This year we’ll do it differently … and see what happens.

Wax On … Wax Off …

Look closely, you can actually see the teak handrail reflected in the shiny finish!

What to do in paradise when the wind’s howling and there’s a chill in the air?

Joker Valves Are No Joke!

Here you can see that this joker valve needed replacing - it shouldn't show ANY light through the valve, not even a bit.

We all like to joke about joker valves, but when the head joker valve begins to malfunction, it’s no joke!

Lubricating a Raritan PHII Head

Squeaky is never a good thing from a head, so it's time to do some preventative maintenance, much as we both hate head maintenance!

The pump on head shouldn’t squeak. If it starts squeaking, it’s time for some annual maintenance – and not the salad dressing variety.