If your boat gets holed and starts to fill with water, you’ll quickly turn on your bilge pump and hope it can pump out the water quickly whilst you plug the hole. But how fast will it pump? Are the […]
Many boats made in the 1970’s came with foam-backed vinyl material covering the interior walls and roof. The material provides some insulation and covers up all the nuts and other hardware. After a few decades, the material starts to degrade. […]
Riveting using pop rivets is straightforward. But if you need to put a rivet at the bottom of a channel, such as you might find on a yacht mast, things get a bit more complex. Most rivet tools have a […]
Epoxies are one of the wonder materials of modern boating – strong and stable even in the harsh marine environment. Today we’re using epoxy to repair a broken strip of Iroko wood that came from a boat cockpit side. Epoxy […]
We’re going to tear down an old yacht winch, identified only by the words “Gibb England” stamped on the top. The Gibb company that made them has long since vanished, possibly acquired by Lewmar at some point. But the winches […]
Anywhere you see wood inside a yacht, you’ll find screws holding it together. These screws don’t have an easy life – the moist, salty conditions would quickly turn a plain steel screw into a pile of rust. But getting the right screws….