One of the unsung pieces of equipment on your boat is the ground tackle – the anchor, chain and rode holding you in place while fishing, diving or swimming. But like everything else on a boat, it needs a little TLC from time to time.
While many of us go boating for peace and solitude, there are times when the term ‘party boat’ may be appropriate. New Year’s Eve is one of those days, and with a modest bit of preparation you can light up the occasion.
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.
A fundamental part of every vessel’s operational safety, a bilge pump’s capacity and installation must be carefully considered.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Whangamata-based master craftsman Harry Nordberg has resuscitated a 1962 Mason Clipper 23 – giving the 57-year-old dame the cosmetic surgery...
An improbable re-acquaintance with a long-lost Jomo Craft clinker dinghy kindles plenty of memories for George Empson – and fires...
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.
Most owners accept the importance of protecting their pride and joy from damage caused when tying up to docks, wharves...
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?
We’ve owned Mai Tai for 28 years and on average have installed new batteries every six years. That’s five sets...