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BoatUS Safety Suggestions

Get a free Vessel Safety Check: Where else can you ask a professional to go over your boat to ensure it’s safe and has all the required safety equipment? And if the boat is not up to snuff, you won’t be penalized in any way and will instead get some welcome, friendly advice on how

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How to Tap & Rivet Into A Sailboat Spar

Tapping holes is a skill that requires some practice. Start with a piece of scrap metal, because mistakes in a spar are impossible to erase. Single taps cost about $15, though you will need a handle. A small set (#8 through ¼-inch) sells for about $60. Carbon steel taps are fine for aluminum. High speed

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Gear for the Small Boat for Long Cruises

Like many sailors, we’re outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy activities that allow us to be outside often. So we’re always interested in crossover gear that we can use on the boat, in the woods, or even in our day-to-day lives. A few products reached our desks recently that fit this bill: the Nemo Helio portable shower

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Ethanol Photos Laid Bare

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Dec. 5, 2018 — President Trump has officially moved to allow E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline sales year-round – a fuel prohibited for use in recreational boats and a decision that recreational boating groups say will needlessly put 142 million American boaters at risk. Protecting Boaters at the Gas Pump is a new

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Freeing Seized Hardware

Simple ferrous-metal oxidation is a process in which iron, oxygen, and water chemically react, and it can cause rust to seemingly weld fasteners together. This unyielding grip often turns disassembly into much more of an ordeal, but with a few, regularly available products and a good set of wrenches, the big battle becomes a minor

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Dustless Sander

Dustless Sander

Responsible boatyard work requires dust collection. Whether it’s toxic bottom paint or ordinary sanding dust, it still makes a mess and can ruin a neighbor’s paint job-inprogress. Dustless sanders have hose connections leading to vacuum cleaners, but unless it is a sophisticated vacuum with multi-stage dust separation, those filters clog and dust flies. Even with

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The Yacht Market unveils Ocean Saviour eco-concept

The Yacht Market Unveils Ocean Saviour Eco-Concept

Southampton-based TheYachtMarket.com has unveiled details of its Ocean Saviour project, a 70 meter tri-deck clean-up vessel that produces its own fuel. Joining the global effort to combat ocean pollution, the Ocean Saviour vessel will be engineered to locate, retrieve and recycle plastic, and aims to remove five tons of plastic from the ocean per day.

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Preserving Leftover Paints and Varnishes

Preserving Leftover Paints and Varnishes

Bloxygen displaces air in the container with inert argon gas. One of the counterintuitive fall rituals is to renew your varnish and finishes before putting your boat into storage. After all, who is going to admire your work while the boat is under wraps or in the boatyard? Varnish and sealers keep out moisture that

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