Boatworks

Maximize Regulator Performance

by Sail Staff, Posted September 27, 2011
A smart regulator can boost your alternator’s charging performance, which means you don’t need to run your engine as long to keep your batteries happy. Sterling Marine Power’s ProRegD digital alternator regulator can be tailored to your battery type—flooded, gel or AGM—to ensure the most efficient four-step charging schedule. It assesses battery bank size, state of charge, and current

External Thrusters

by Adam Cort, Posted October 11, 2012
Yacht Thruster bow and stern thrusters are installed outside a boat’s hull, as opposed to inside a conventional thruster tunnel.
Beckson Marine’s Newport Self Drain Opening Ports have an angled, molded-in drainage ramp to channel away water, while still providing room for through-bolts to ensure a secure installation.

Angle of Detachment

by David Schmidt, Posted April 14, 2009
Hooking up to shore power can be tricky, especially if the power post is just a little too far away from your boat or if your shore-power cable isn’t quite long enough to make that 90-degree turn. This can turn what was supposed to be a comfortable dockside night into a power-rationing situation. Marinco’s right-angle cordset adaptor allows your shore-power cord to make a

Tape Tales

by Sail Staff, Posted November 4, 2005
The most versatile tape I’ve ever used is Rubbaweld, now available in the U.S. It’s not sticky, but bonds to itself to form a tough waterproof skin. I’ve used it to tape off turnbuckles and lifeline terminals, for get-me-home repairs on plumbing hoses and connections, and on rope ends when there wasn’t time to whip them. It comes in black and white, and in 1-inch ($18.50 for a 15-foot roll) or

Cockpit Comfort

by Sail Staff, Posted November 10, 2006
It can take hours to adjust a cockpit cushion just so, and, inevitably, perfection is attained just before tacking. SeaBound’s new line of Flaties self-inflating cushions is designed to enhance onboard comfort. One is a V-shaped bow cushion; other models can be clipped to lifelines. The cushions come in a variety of sizes to fit different cockpit benches, fold down small, and are easily carried

Low-Profile Bilge Pump

by Sail Staff, Posted September 27, 2011
In addition to being damp and often grimy, the bilges on many of today’s boats are surprisingly small. To help keep such bilges dry, Whale has created its new Supersub Smart 1100 high-capacity, low-profile automatic bilge pump, which features a narrow body ideal for tight spaces. The Supersub includes an integrated sensor switch and a multi-position outlet port that can be rotated either
PYI’s new Max-Prop Easy combines the efficiency of a traditional Max-Prop with the ease of installation of a fixed propeller.
Hydrocoat Eco is the latest iteration of Pettit Paint’s multi-season ablative antifouling line and combines a proprietary self-polishing, water-based ablative coating with the organic metal-free biocide Econea to inhibit slime and improve antifouling performance.

Sailor-Free Sailing

by David Schmidt, Posted April 14, 2009
For millennia, sailors have proven they can cross vast oceans on boats big and small. But what if you removed the crew, added two hulls, and fitted a hard wingsail and hydrofoils? Meet the Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (AUSV), developed by Harbor Wing Technologies. It carries no crew, and it gathers the majority of its energy from thin solar films on its wingsail, solar
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