Maintenance/Refits

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Members' Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 24 of 26

The Unknown Unknowns

We have been deep into cool gear and stuff in the last few chapters of our Online Book, Maintaining a Cruising Boat. Now it’s time to take a step back and remind ourselves of the vital stuff that will actually get us out there voyaging.

Goop and Goo, and Why I Hate 5200

If you want to watch John have a complete melt down, just mention 5200 bedding compound…but stand well back, it ain’t pretty. Not just a rant, John suggests better alternatives. Complimentary Post

Members' Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 3 of 26

Estimating The Cost of Maintaining a Cruising Boat

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 cruising boat. 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 [...]

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