DIY BOATING

How does it feel?

How does it feel?

Hydraulic steering is one of those largely-ignored systems on boats that rarely makes the routine maintenance list. But it does need a little TLC, even if infrequently.

Suck it up

Suck it up

A fundamental part of every vessel’s operational safety, a bilge pump’s capacity and installation must be carefully considered.

Winching ahead

Winching ahead

Established in 1965, when James Nilsson built his first winch using a Fisher & Paykel washing machine motor and gearbox, the Nilsson name has become synonymous with anchor winches.

To paint…or not?

To paint…or not?

No matter how carefully you look after your pride and joy, eventually it starts to look a bit shabby. If you’re considering a new look – perhaps a different colour scheme – there are plenty of options to explore.

When she won’t start

When she won’t start

We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling at the end of a day’s boating when you turn the key and are rewarded with a faint click. Before you call Coastguard, there are a few other options.

Cooking with diesel

Cooking with diesel

For many years the humble LPG cooker’s been a popular cooking option for small and medium-sized boats, caravans and RVs. Economical and simple to use, it’s regarded as the best option when mains-powered appliances aren’t an option. But is it?

Mason Clipper 23 resto

Mason Clipper 23 resto

Whangamata-based master craftsman Harry Nordberg has resuscitated a 1962 Mason Clipper 23 – giving the 57-year-old dame the cosmetic surgery...

Prodigal clinker

Prodigal clinker

An improbable re-acquaintance with a long-lost Jomo Craft clinker dinghy kindles plenty of memories for George Empson – and fires...

Failing potency

Failing potency

In last month’s issue I explored the ‘disease’ that afflicts diesel-powered boats – the dreaded diesel bug. Owners of petrol-powered vessels have no such problems. But they DO have their own unique problem – stale petrol.

The prop’s gone AWOL

The prop’s gone AWOL

On a recent scallop-gathering trip out at the Coromandel, all went well until a diver noticed that one of the boat’s drive shafts looked a bit bare – the prop was missing. How did that happen?

Better Batteries

Better Batteries

We’ve owned Mai Tai for 28 years and on average have installed new batteries every six years. That’s five sets...

Rewiring your boat

Rewiring your boat

Re-wiring your boat is not a trivial task, but if you’re experiencing battery problems, finding it hard to crank your...