Boatworks

Chock Full

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
Having seen a sharp-edged bow chock nearly saw through a mooring line during a fall northeaster, I’ve begun to take an interest in these unglamorous—but important—items of deck hardware. Schaefer’s new line of stainless chocks have deep, wide openings with gently rounded jaws that will be easy on dock lines and are big enough to handle chafe gear. They also have hidden fasteners for a neat

Inflatable Defenses

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2007
Boat Bunkers’s recently introduced line of inflatable bumpers offer your boat protection without taking up valuable stowage space. The bumpers purportedly inflate and deflate quickly (a separate hand pump is available), are built of sturdy materials, fold down small, and come with a built-in strap and adjustable boat-attachment buckle. They’re available in five colors and four sizes, for boats up

Ensure Waterproof Cable Connections

by Sail Staff, Posted September 27, 2011
Protect the power supply to your boat’s electronic equipment with this new “fit and forget” junction box from Scanstrut Ltd. Made of fiberglass, the boxes carry an IP66 rating to ensure secure watertight connections for marine electrical cables and are configured to fit on any mounting surface. A “standard” version of the box includes five screw-down terminals, while the “deluxe” model

Diesel Fuel Protection

by Adam Cort, Posted October 16, 2012
BioGuard Plus 6 includes a cocktail of different agents to keep your fuel supply contaminant-free, so your auxiliary diesel can run more smoothly.

Accon Marine Lifting Eyes

by Adam Cort, Posted October 29, 2013
Accon Marine lifting eyes are available in both round and oval models and can safely lift up to 4,000lb in the direction of the axis of the threaded rod shank. 

Bilge Bypass

by Sail Staff, Posted June 19, 2009
Being able to convert your engine’s raw-water intake into an emergency bilge pump is an important safety feature. A discussion on the subject that appeared in SAIL (March 2009) suggested closing the raw-water seacock first, disconnecting the intake hose from the seacock, and attaching an extension hose long enough to reach the bilge. This may work, but in my experience, when

Switched On

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
A boat’s engine-cranking and domestic batteries are on separate circuits so that the starting battery isn’t accidentally drained, but you need to be able to combine the power from both batteries to help start a reluctant engine. Usually this means installing either three single switches or a four-position (off, 1, 2, both) selector switch; either way, it’s all too easy to leave the switch in the

Shock Absorbed

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2007
Aronowitsch and Lyth AB’s Bungy device provides a simple way to moor and anchor your boat safely and can help tame gybes, too. Simply snap a few Bungys onto your anchor gear and you’re done. When storms hit, Bungys add shock-absorbing stretch to your mooring pennant or anchor rode; each Bungy is designed to regain its shape, without loss of strength, once the force on the lines subsides. Bungys

Compact Fuel Polisher

by Adam Cort, Posted February 14, 2012
KTI Systems has introduced a new line of compact FilterBoss fuel polishing modules (FPM) designed to fit into tight engine compartments and other small onboard spaces.

Cadium-free Anodes

by Adam Cort, Posted October 15, 2012
You can protect the environment while protecting your propeller and shaft from electrochemical corrosion by swapping out your traditional zincs—which contain small amounts of highly toxic cadmium—with cadmium-free aluminum...
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