Rubbing DamageBuilding on our last two editions (Sealants, and Fibreglass, respectively), Gelcoat is the next logical progression – that is, the outer part of the hull and decks. Gelcoat serves two main purposes: To protect the fiberglass beneath it, and to give a cosmetic finish as the outer layer of construction.

Fibreglass SheetLast edition we talked about sealants to perform tasks like bedding and sealing. Other tasks like bonding, gluing, encapsulating and strengthening can be done using fiberglass, and the various resins available to saturate it.

Clean BilgeWhen a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, interior leaks, and via the stuffing box. Within the bilge the bilge pumps pump water from the bilge, overboard – preventing the bilges from overfilling. We hope.

Shrink Wrap VentI passed by a person doing some shrink-wrap work recently, and as he installed a vent in the shrink-wrap he was completing, he muttered satisfactorily to himself ‘Air flow isn’t just for sail boats.

Winter ProjectsRecently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my suggestions was met with surprise; surprise that she wouldn’t have to move her boat, and not have to worry about additional storage costs.

Ask the Experts MacleodWhen metals are immersed in water and in close proximity to each other they produce an electrical voltage. When two dissimilar metals are in contact they form a galvanic cell, just like a battery.

 

 

If you are new to boating, how do you start searching for the right boat at boat shows? We put the question to yacht brokers east and west.

The benefit of the boat shows is that they allow buyers to explore all the options available to them. You get to look at sailboats and powerboats, small boats and big boats, and everything in between.

InsuranceWith the boating season getting ever closer, it’s important that you understand the language of your insurance policy. When shopping for marine insurance this season here are a few insurance terms you may want to become familiar with to ensure that you are not purchasing and insurance policy that will fall short when a claim occurs.

2002 Doral 330Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ofCOVID19. People hauled boats to the end of their driveways with “For Sale” signs. Sailboats and cabin cruisers appeared in Kijiji and Craigs List and it sounds like most were sold to new boaters. But, are they happy owners now?

Lens Cove VideoThe boat buying or selling market is hot now and has been since the late spring of 2020. Sean Horsfall, General Manager, 3rd. Generation Owner at Len’s Cove Marina in Portland Ontario on the Big Rideau Lake on the Rideau Canal system, wants to help you navigate the 2021 ahead and the new and used boat buying process.

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