Boat maintenance in tropical climates: Tips for smooth sailing

While the tropics are every sailor’s dream, they also bring a set of unique challenges that can put your vessel’s well-being at risk. From the relentless tropical sun to the corrosive effects of saltwater, it’s crucial to understand the nuances of boat maintenance in these lower latitudes.

Preparing your boat for winter: how to prevent problems?

The autumn holidays roll in, daylight saving time ends, and the first gales blow… These are the signs that most of the boats on our coasts are going into hibernation.

Here’s what you need to make sure your boat doesn’t suffer any unnecessary wear and tear over the winter.

5 key steps to a liferaft you can depend on

When sailing offshore, safety is paramount. Having a liferaft on board can make all the difference in case of an emergency: fire, water ingress, etc. But having a liferaft on board is not enough. It’s essential to ensure that it will be in perfect operating condition when you need it.

Let’s take a look at the essential steps you need to take to ensure that everything will work at its best in a critical situation at sea. Starting with protecting and storing your liferaft.

How to make your sails last longer?

Are your sails losing their shape? Is your boat losing speed and heeling more? Do you want to keep your sails as long as possible and maintain their performance level? Do you want to avoid having to buy a new set of sails too soon?

Here are a few tips to help you care for your sails over time. Thanks to these guidelines, you’ll be able to keep your sails for a few more years.

Taking good care of your boat trailer

A properly maintained trailer can last for decades. On the other hand, no trailer, no launch, no boat.

Indeed, for towable boats, it is most often overlooked when it comes to maintenance. But a few simple steps can make a big difference in terms of safety and durability.

An unbreakable, durable stainless steel wind indicator

Your sailboat is well prepared, ready for racing or cruising. You’re already looking forward to taking the helm, sails well trimmed, in a medium wind. Once you’ve weighed anchor or left the dock, when it’s time to hoist the sails, you look up at the masthead to come into the wind. Then, kaboom! The feeling immediately sinks in: your trip is going to be more complicated and less fun…

The wind indicator is gone, or bent: yet again, those pesky birds have played a nasty trick on you! How can you avoid this problem in the future? We may have a solution for your boat.