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New Found Product Time

Depstech Endoscope: As demonstrated at our March Meeting, this model coupled with your smart phone device allows you to peek into places without taking apart the entire area. It consists of a HD Snake Camera with a WIFI transmitter. The unit can be linked to your Smartphone either Android or IOS iphone. The Wi-Fi transmitter

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Varnish Over Epoxy

The appeal of well-maintained, varnished wood trim on boats is hard to deny. It evokes our past and we respect the owner because of all the time and effort it takes to apply and maintain the varnish. Historically, “the look” was achieved by applying twelve or more coats of spar varnish. This required a period

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life jackets

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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e15

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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