Boatworks Most Commented

Repairing Wooden Rubrails and Toerails

by Paul Calder, Posted December 19, 2014

Thanks to the high cost of marine lumber and a growing aversion to brightwork maintenance, fewer new boats these days have wooden rubrails or toerails. This is understandable—wood is pricey to install and, if finished bright, is a lot of work to maintain.


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Many boat owners look upon insurance surveys as a necessary evil, a rite of passage to be endured to propitiate their insurers. It’s important to remember, though, that insurance companies understandably want to protect themselves and make sure that a boat is an insurable risk


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Leaking portlights are a common sight on older sailboats, and they aren’t uncommon on newer ones. Often the owner does not notice small leaks, but over time they get worse and worse until they cannot be ignored.


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Anchor Test in the Chesapeake Bay

by Rudy and Jill Sechez, Posted November 19, 2014

 Last August we were invited by Fortress Anchors to observe a comparison of 11 anchors in Chesapeake Bay. The tests were conducted over a four-day period at the mouth of Back Creek in the Patuxent River, with the results analyzed by Robert Taylor, P.E, a noted consultant in this field.


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I have full-length battens on the mainsail of my Corsair 37rs. They are 17 feet long. I broke two this winter. Where is the best place to buy replacement battens?


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