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Maintenance, Repairs

Deck Leaks

Whether we're talking sail or power boats, deck leaks tend to be a pervasive problem, one which few people give much thought to until its too late and the damage has been done. Entire Article

Maintenance Fundamentals Part I : Engines

This is where the newbies and novices start to become old salts, if they have any wits about them. A bit of a preamble follows here just to give you an idea of why this topic can generate so much controversy. Entire Article

Hull Blisters

Blisters again?

The Wonderful World of Hull Blistering And Other Interesting Scams

Some surveyors have been insightful enough to ask why it is that some boats of a particular builder blister, while others of the same builder do not.

Or even why it is that some boats in a model line will blister and others not. Entire Article

Boat Reviews
Hatteras 45 Convertible

Hatteras 45 Convertible

Now 14 years old, this boat is a great example of what a good quality product is all about. Originally a half-million dollar boat, it is selling a decade and a half later for half its original price. Not bad, not bad. 

And for those of you who wonder about how Hatteras stacks up against others in terms of quality, let me just say that this is not a top end yacht. Entie Article

Legacy 34 Express

Legacy 34 Express

Back to the Future: A Contemporary Journey into Traditional Design

Many of the younger generations have already been through two or three modern style boats and have found themselves displeased with both quality and performance.

It is for that reason that interest in more traditional styles of boat building is growing, for after one has been through a few Carvers, Sea Rays, Cruisers, Inc., et. al. one is apt to be inclined to expand his horizons in search of something a bit better, most particularly in terms of all-around performance. Entire Article

Good to be Ready
Safe Harbor

Restoration Projects
Restoring Old Boats: Fundamentals of Restoration Projects

Marlyn Monroe - Bertram 42 Convertible
Making an Old Boat New

Firt Time Boat Buyers
Your First Boat: Part I

"By far, the most frequently asked question we get in our emails is the one by first time boat buyers asking about what brand they should buy.

Boat Handling

Docking in Style with Twin Screw Boats

Boat Safety at Sea

Small Boat Safety at Sea - Part I

Outboard Boats

Boat Safety at Sea - Part II

Intermediate Size Sport Fishermen and Cruisers

Rough Water Seamanship
squall line moving on shore

Rough Water Seamanship - Part III

Getting Caught in Thunder Storms

Core and Structural Issues
A major laminating error

Core Materials

The roots of fiberglass boat building go all the way back to the 1930's when, so far as I know, the first reinforced plastic boat was built by Gar Wood in 1936.

Were it not for the Depression and W.W.II, production fiberglass boat building probably would have been initiated in the 1940's but, as it was, really began in earnest in 1960 with the pioneers of fiberglass boat building, Bertram, Hatteras and Hinckley. Entire Article

Buying a Boat

All About Buying Used and Older Boats

There are Great Values in Used Boats, But the Cost is More Than Just the Price

When we were young, we just loved the idea of buying a new car. But by the time we've owned three or four of them - often without paying off the balance of last one before buying the next - eventually we discover what a tremendous waste of our financial resources this is.

When it comes to boats the situation's not much different, except now we're talking about serious money. Entire Article

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Chine Riding

How Hull Shape and Weight Affect Performance

Five of the last six twin engine CC boats we've tested chine ride. The sixth one also did, but was generally controllable with careful steering. The others would ride on one side of the hull or the other no matter what you did with wheel, engine trim or trim tabs. Entire Article.

Marine Surveyor Related

Surveying Storm Damaged Boats

Liability Risks for Failure to Report Inadequate Repairs Runs High

What prompted me to write this article is that increasingly I am hearing of complaints against surveyors who have failed to discover major damages and structural faults with storm damaged boats.

Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the eastern U.S. has been hit with 7 hurricanes that have caused damage to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of boats.

This means that there is nearly an equal number of boats that have been repaired and put back on the market.

In itself, that would not be a problem, except that so many of these damaged boats were sold as salvage to speculators who then made substandard repairs and put them back on the market.Read Entire Article.

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Boat, Yacht Purchase

What You Should Know about Buying a Boat, to Keep the Pleasure in Pleasure Boating

Boat Buying 101: Used Boats - The Issues You Face and How to Deal With Them

Boat Leaks Boat Sinking Boat Safety at Sea Boat Handling Cored Hull Corrosion Design & Construction Faults

The Space Shuttle Goes to Sea

Gas or Diesel Insurance Issues
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Some of Boat Reviews

The Last Re,mamts the Old Florida Keys
Florida Keys

The Last Remnants of the Old Florida Keys


Boat Buyers' Guide Books

Mid Size Power Boats

30 to 55 feet Cruiser Class
How to Avoid Buying into Unexpected Problems

"Mid Size Power Boats" focuses exclusively on cruiser class power boats: Expresses, trawlers, motor yachts, multi purpose types, sport fishermen and sedan cruisers.

Buyers' Guide to Outboard Boats

Choosing Outboard Boats for Offshore Boating

"Buyers' Guide to Outboard Boats" is totally dedicated to blue water type outboard boats; boats that are sea worthy for heading out into open water, offshore.

Marine Survey Business

Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats

2nd Edition
The Marine Survey Business

"Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats"(2E) provides a foundation of essentials for anyone who wants to begin a marine surveying career, or just hone up on one's skills and knowledge.

Marine Investigations

Investigations to Court Testimony
Road to a Marine Investigator

"Marine Investigations" is the first and only book of its kind on the subject of investigating pleasure craft casualties and other issues. Surveyors: Expand your marine business! Conducting marine investigations can help free you from the limitations of a seasonal business and expand your business opportunities and income.

Blackfin 27 Outboard
A Few Favorites

Wishful Thinking...

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