by Don Casey

Contributing editor Don Casey is the author of several books on boat maintenance, including This Old Boat, published by International Marine/McGraw-Hill

Ask SAIL: Repainting Fiberglass

by Don Casey, Posted February 25, 2015
 I have a 1972 Cal 2-29. The interior fiberglass was evidently painted at the factory. Now, however, large pieces of paint are peeling off everywhere. I have found a solution for removing the old paint by first scraping and then using a combination of peel-and-strip paper with some orange citrus Home Depot paint remover.

Ask SAIL: Teak Deck Removal

by Don Casey, Posted February 6, 2015
We are removing the teak deck from a 1972 Swan 43. We will not be putting any teak back on and will be looking to apply nonskid and paint. I have taken all the fixtures off and removed all the old teak. 

Ask Sail: Misaligned Mast Track

by Don Casey, Posted September 16, 2014
I have a Cheoy Lee ketch, and the sail track on both wood masts has become misaligned. What is the best way to reattach the track? I plan on having the mast taken down when I have the boat hauled next month...

Ask Sail: Reusing Old Bolts

by Don Casey, Posted August 6, 2014
I am replacing the rubrails on my 26-year-old Pearson. I have removed the many bolts that hold the rub rail to the deck and the deck to the hull. They do not
I recently bought a used Ranger 26, and as far as I know the bottom was painted with Interlux VC 17. The previous owner raced the boat, but I don’t plan to
Q I’m trying to figure out why the paddle-wheel transducer for my Raymarine ST60 knot log is registering incorrectly...

Ask SAIL: Add to Keel

by Don Casey, Posted April 20, 2014
With regard to keel-bolt strength, both 304 and 316 stainless steel have a tensile strength in the neighborhood of 80,000 pounds per square inch. The cross-section area of a 3/8in bolt...

Ask SAIL: Disposable Boat

by Don Casey, Posted April 10, 2014
 My partner has a 26-foot sailboat that has been neglected over the years. I have been tracking sale prices of boats this size, and everyone tells me it is a challenge selling a boat like this now...

Ask Sail: Restoring Teak

by Don Casey, Posted March 28, 2014
I’ve just purchased an older boat that has a lot of unfinished teak trim both inside and outside. The teak is very grey and even black in a few places and I’d like to brighten it up. What’s the best way to clean it?
I was raised sailing mainly on fiberglass boats. I am now preparing to purchase a bluewater boat that I can live aboard while doing some extensive cruising.
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