Boatworks

Boat Cleaning Products

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2009
WAX ON, WAX OFFTo make cleaning your boat a bit easier and a lot safer for the environment, Ecover recently introduced its eco-friendly Boat Wash Wax and Heavy Duty Boat Wash. These low-foaming cleaners and waxes clean and shine metal, fiberglass and painted marine surfaces, and are phosphate-free. The products are made from plant and mineral-based ingredients, including

Mold Cleaner

by Sail Staff, Posted April 9, 2006
The unusually mild and wet winter in the Northeast had one drawback, as I discovered during a midwinter boat check—the conditions were ideal for mildew. There are various ways of getting rid of this pestilence, but it always seems to return. YachtBrite claims its enzyme-based Moldaway powder will kill off those pesky mold spores as well as clean up stains. Dissolved in water, the nontoxic,

Anchor for Racers

by Sail Staff, Posted April 16, 2010

Eco-Clad Bottom Paint

by Adam Cort, Posted May 1, 2012
Eco-Clad antifouling paint features what manufacturer Luritek Inc. describes as a “biomimicry” process similar to what fish use to keep their bodies weed-free. The paint is engineered to create a naturally slimy biofilm.

Pain-free Pumping

by Adam Cort, Posted April 22, 2013
Oil changes are vital to keeping your engine running its best. But traditional oil transfer pumps, boat oil pumps and oil extractors are often difficult to use.

Thin Film Solar Panels

by David Schmidt, Posted October 21, 2009
Looking for an innovative way of keeping your batteries trickle-charged, without adding a cumbersome and expensive fixed solar panel? SolarSail could be your solution.These rollable solar films attach to your boat's canvas via supplied fasteners (mounting instruction included), allowing you to easily stow them when you collapse your canvas. The monolithically integrated panels are made

Solar Hatch

by Sail Staff, Posted April 9, 2006
Sometimes it can be tricky to find a good place on board to mount a solar panel. Here’s a neat idea from the German company Sunovation, which fits its solar cells to deck hatches; there’s something organic about a gizmo that both blocks sunlight and uses that same light to generate power. The photo shows a Gebo hatch fitted with semi-transparent Sunways power cells that generate about 16 watts in

Problem-Solving Tap

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2007
Busted fresh-water hose? Leaking oil line? Thanks to Harbor Products’s self-amalgamating, silicone-based Rescue Tape, these problems are just a few wraps away from being solved. Rescue Tape forms a permanent seal, is waterproof and air-tight, insulates against up to 8,000 volts of electrical current, can resist 700 psi of pressure, and can survive temperatures up to 500F, all of which make it a

Selden Spinnaker Furler

by Adam Cort, Posted May 14, 2012
The key to Seldén’s new top-down asymmetric spinnaker furler is a swiveling tack attachment, which lets the foot fly free as the rest of the sail is being rolled down from the head on a torque rope. 

Shiny Canvas Covers

by Adam Cort, Posted April 14, 2013
Pity the poor boat cover that gets coated with an assortment of filth, including grit, mold, bird droppings and any filth that happens to fall from the sky.
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