Expert advice from Practical Boat Owner, including boat maintenance, repairs and money saving tips.

One of the key checks when you start up your engine is that your raw water cooling system is working properly. You should see water coming out of the exhaust.…

Few things can be more satisfying than saving an old wooden boat from the chainsaw and bringing her back to life; but this can be a very expensive exercise as…

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Galvanic corrosion is a phenomenon that affects the majority of boats. If you have two dissimilar metals, such as stainless steel and bronze, the water will act as an electrolyte…

In a mad fit of inspiration, I decided that after 50 years of cruising I needed to take my Yachtmaster offshore exam. So out came the Portland plotter in earnest.…