How to prepare a boat for winter: Expert lay-up tips


Rupert Holmes looks at the key issues to consider when the time comes to prepare a boat for winter lay-up… Don’t be tempted to haul ashore and then leave the boat until spring Many of us are lucky enough to be able to keep our boats afloat all year and can therefore sneak in some […]

5 steps for stress free boat storage this winter

Roger Nadin ponders boat storage as he prepares to hang up his sailing gear at the end of the season Make sure you talk to yard staff about boat storage before your yacht is brought ashore. Credit: Tor Johnson 5 steps for stress free boat storage this winter Do you own a boat that is […]

Options for Replacing Your Sterndrive


Volvo Penta offers a two-year warranty, extending to three if part of a repower. (Courtesy Volvo Penta/)It’s not uncommon, but it sure is a downer. You’ve detonated your MerCruiser or Volvo Penta sterndrive, and now you’re faced with the question of rebuilding or replacing. If it’s not repairable, not all is lost. Thanks to the […]

Fixing leaks – how to reseal a leaky deck vent

Fixing Leaks

The mushroom vents on PBO Project Boat Maximus are leaking. Here, Laurie Brebner of Marine & Industrial shows us how to reseal them Leaks are inevitable on an old boat, and deck vents are a common cause. Over time the sealant simply breaks down, there’s play in the vent and water finds its way in […]

Why you should check for water in your petrol


Petrol in tanks, whether for your yacht or tender, can go off. Ken Endean suggests an annual precaution Engine arrangement on London Apprentice. Fuel tanks are in the port cockpit locker. Credit: Ken Endean For many years, we have been advised that petrol in storage may ‘become stale’, and that if engines are unused for […]