A chapter that will give you a whole new way to think about boat maintenance, including an easy to use gear selection method that will save you a bundle as well as untold grief.
Your engine mixing elbow can damage your engine. Here's how to prevent that.
You should lubricate your Seacocks every year before launching, and here's an easy way to do that.
Free to view for three days. We in the offshore cruising community talk a lot about the right way and the wrong way to equip and maintain our boats but that's all bullshit until we have answered one basic question:
When you have decades of experience running commercial research yachts where downtime is not an option, you learn how to make repairs while "out there". Colin shares information that could save your cruise, and maybe even your boat.
Having the right spare parts aboard is one of the biggest contributors to a fun and stress free voyage. But how do you decide what to buy and then keep track of what you have?
John answers those questions and provides downloads of our parts list and the program we use to keep track on "Morgan's Cloud".
Unstepping the mast for winter storage is a royal pain in the neck...but it's the right thing to do.
One of the many things I enjoy about the high quality comments we get here at AAC is that I draw pretty much endless inspiration for new posts from them. In fact, if I wrote a full post every time a comment inspired me, I would be posting twice a day...and have no life. The [...]
There is not a lot of point in writing about maintenance without addressing the 800 pound gorilla in the room: what it really costs to maintain a voyaging sailboat. Get this wrong and your cruise will be miserable and short.
In this chapter we give you a simple, but surprisingly accurate tool to estimate what maintenance is going to cost.
While we were on holiday (vacation) we stopped by to check on Morgan’s Cloud all tucked up in a shed at Billings Diesel and Marine and discovered that her steering was seized solid because the new type of dripless packing that we tried out for the first time had dried out and frozen to the [...]
Let's start this book off with some simple rules you can put to work immediately to make maintaining your boat less frustrating.
Just made for the job One refreshing thing about Spain is that it is still a country where people carry out many of their own repairs. Evidence of this can be seen in the number of ironmongers (ferreterias) that still exist in even relatively minor towns, Aladdin’s caves filled with every conceivable item for some [...]
It’s a fact of life that even in our throw away world of ‘service by replacement’ equipment there are times when good old fashioned improvisation can save the day, especially when you’re thousands of miles from the nearest service centre. As a result, part of any spares kit should comprise of a mix of wire, [...]
We joined our friends Dave and Shelly, who live and voyage on their beautiful, and beautifully maintained, Able Apogee 50, Cadence, for dinner the other night. I knew that they had spent the day on maintenance tasks on Cadence and I could sense that it might have been a tough go. (It’s a sure sign [...]
It seems like a logical way to own a good offshore sailboat. Buy an older and a bit rundown but fundamentally decent boat and refit it. But does it really work? To explore that important question, I have a true story to tell you.