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

Halyards need taking out of the mast if you’re unstepping the mast or the line needs replacing. It is pretty straightforward, but there are a few steps to follow to…

When it comes to mooring your boat alongside, it helps to know which lines do what, what type of rope to use and how best to arrange them so that…

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…