Category: Boat Care

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor)  There are a lot of things to look for when you’re buying a used boat. This started out as “Five things to check…” but we decided we didn’t want to get boxed in by a numbered list on this important topic. The first thing I will say in this article […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor)  Now and then, I open the knot book to look up something for a specific application. I’ve come to it with questions like “what’s the best way to tie this slippery piece of uncovered Spectra to this anchor chain so it never slips” or some other specialized knot. But for […]

Small outboards give us the freedom to roam away from the dock and past the mooring field. Unless you’re booked into a slip, an engine that won’t start puts a major crimp in your plans, whether you’re headed out for a weekend or living on the hook. With minimal tools and experience, what are some […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor)  My iNavX Experience We’re introducing a new occasional feature on the iNavX blog – interviews and discussions with real users. We hope sharing their iNavX stories will give you new ideas about how our software can be used. When I mentioned I’d be writing for iNavX to a friend of […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) In 2018 in the United States, the Coast Guard counted 633 deaths and over 2,500 serious injuries from recreational boating accidents. Not to be dark and grim, but boating safety is a serious topic and many fatalities and accidents could have been prevented with care and caution. This isn’t an […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Every book on cruising, every engine user manual, every “tips and tricks for not killing your engine” guide, every coastal and cruising instructional course out there says one thing in common: Check your engine oil every day. This is basic, but I am convinced that only the most meticulous people […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) The little joys of boat ownership are without number. I really DO love boats and owning them, but every now and then something happens that makes you shake your head and wonder just what we are thinking. This time it is Swedish engineering. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Heading out of sight of land for the first time is daunting enough, but adding in an overnight on a long passage? There are a few things you want to consider to make sure everything goes well. Check The Weather The first rule of safety heading offshore is never intentionally […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) We’ve taken the mast off of Evenstar before.  A couple of times in fact.  When storing on land in the winter her mast is so tall that the windage is dangerous, so to avoid shaking, rattling and damage to the boat we pulled the mast when we did it. It was pretty […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) A good night’s sleep on a boat is a pleasure away from a dock or mooring if you can anchor your boat so it stays. Assuming you’ve got good ground tackle, there are three main points to watch for when you are anchoring the boat: positioning, a good set, and […]