Storm Dynamics - Coastline Orientation - Wind Directions - Finding a Hurricane Hole - The West Side - The Eye - Fetch - Timing - Choosing a Primary Site - A Dinghy Helps - Risks of Going Ashore Entire Article
It is that time of year again, a time we all really don't want to think much about because it means some extra work for us.
The good news is that if you've been through this drill once before, you've already got the hard part out of the way because you will have already purchased the necessary things you need, will already have your hurricane plan fairly well thought out. Entire article.
Reading the magazines and surfing around the web, you probably get the impression, as I have, that the blister problem is abating.
But taking a tour of the boat yards I come away with an altogether different impression: the problem is now worse than ever. Much worse.
And so is the problem with the failure of repair efforts. Entire Article
The 8 Grand Conundrum
People with boats undergoing blister repairs often write us to say, "My boat has been drying out for six months now, and it still will not dry. The moisture meter readings are still as high as ever." Entire Article
Our survey customers often ask us about how they should perform diesel maintenance. This is a very easy question to answer. Entire Article
If you own a stern drive boat, it's well worth the effort to pay attention to their condition by inspecting them frequently, and taking care of small problems before they become big, costly problems. Entire Article
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
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
"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.
Docking in Style with Twin Screw Boats
Small Boat Safety at Sea - Part I
Intermediate Size Sport Fishermen and Cruisers
Rough Water Seamanship - Part III
Getting Caught in Thunder Storms
The Pros and Cons of Space Age Materials in Boat Building. What it Means for the Consumer.
The boat building industry has entered an unprecedented period of experimentation of new materials for use in the fabrication of what were once called fiberglass hulls.
Those of us who have been around the boat building scene for a while have seen a lot of new ideas and materials come and go over the years. Entire Article.
Boat Buying 101: Used Boats
The Issues You Face and How to Deal With Them
You've spent months, possibly even years researching the ideal boat you want to buy. You finally reach the big day when you have found it, have made an offer, and it has been accepted.
The boat has gone to survey, which is now complete, and the survey report is now in hand. Just one problem: Despite the fact that the boat looked great before you made the offer, the survey didn't quite confirm your expectations. Entire Article
Let start with the point that most independent surveyors I know are no longer in the business of performing prepurchase surveys on wooden boats and the reason is simple.
Surveyors have learned the hard way that surveying wood boats is very difficult and fraught with risks. Read Entire Article.
Sinking of Party Fishing Vessel "EL TORO II"
An Independent Review of the Coast Guard Investigation Report
The EL TORO is a story of particular interest to marine surveyors that reveals some hard-learned lessons. Entire Article.
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
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
The Space Shuttle Goes to Sea
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.
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.
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.
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.