Shore power cables

Check your shore power cable, especially if you’re leaving it plugged in over the winter. Here’s how: Unplug the cable and carefully inspect both ends...

Winches

Keep your winches in top shape without denting your wallet by servicing them yourself. We were a bit daunted, mainly worrying about how we'd...

Raw Water Cooling System

This video shows how to go about flushing your system. I’ve no insight as to whether the product is any good (I’ve heard a...

Keel Bolts

Yachts with an external ballast Raise the floorboards regularly. Check the keel bolts and surrounding structure looking out for rusty or loose bolts, water, dust...

Fresh Water Tank Cleaning

It’s time to give your tanks a clean if the water starts to taste funny, or if there’s a film on the surface of...

Gelcoat

What is it? Gelcoat is the smooth, hard polyester resin surface coating of a fibreglass structure. If you own a fibreglass boat for long enough, at...

Gas Maintenance

Considering gas is the most dangerous substance likely to be on board, you’d be surprised how far down the list most people place the...

Hatches

As this article says, “Don’t let a little drip turn into a gusher, fixing hatches isn’t as hard as you think”. I can second this...

Heads

“Most problems with marine toilets stem from a lack of basic maintenance, or an attempt to flush bulky foreign matter through the system. Keeping...

Thru-Hull Fittings

Wayne Canning gives some advice on how to maintain your thru-hull and seacocks.  What happens when they fail? Whether it’s a seacock or a log transducer,...