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Semi Displacement Hulls

Understanding some of the basics is fundamental to understanding all the latest trends and most exciting technologies in boat design.  For all their variations and quirks, boat hulls come in only three forms. Here’s a look at the various types, along with a closer look at the most misunderstood—the semi …

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Boat Fuel

Boats come in all shapes and sizes, so you might be wondering what fuel do boats use. The answer is as varied as all the different boats on the water—it depends! Most small private boats have either gas or diesel engines. Figuring out which one you should use is an …

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Barnacles on Boats

Since humans began building ships and sailing the Seven Seas, barnacles on boats have been causing problems. Even today, with all our modern technologies and fancy materials, preventing and removing barnacles on boat bottoms costs the shipping industry millions of dollars annually.  What’s up with these creepy critters, anyway? Are …

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How to Heave To

Sailboats are a little bit like airplanes in some ways. Their sails work like wings, sure. But they also cannot be stopped. If you want to come to a stop in a car, you can stomp on the brakes. If you are in a powerboat, you can kill power to …

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Are Sea Rays Good Boats?

Sea Ray is one of the best-known brands of powerboats on the market. The company has been in business for many years and has produced many different models. As a result, there are many Sea Rays out on the water. For the most part, the brand makes what are called …

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Do Sailboats Have Motors?

Sailboats are designed to harness the wind and travel where ever they want to go, right? But many people don’t realize that many modern sailboats are also motorboats—they’ve got sails for sailing and engine power for motoring. Why? Let’s take a closer look. Do Sailboats Have Engines? The answer is …

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Basics of Sailboat Hull Design

There are a lot of different sailboats in the world. In fact, they’ve been making sailboats for thousands of years. And over that time, mankind and naval architects (okay, mostly the naval architects!) have learned a thing or two. If you’re wondering what makes one sailboat different from another, consider …

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Helm for a Boat

Here’s another one of those terms that sounds simple to define but is actually a bit more complicated. Most people know that the helm is the place from which the skipper steers the boat, but did you know that it is also the name of the steering wheel itself? What …

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Price of a Speedboat

What comes to mind when you think of a speed boat? Obviously, it’s fast. But is it big enough to sleep on? Is it the guy on your local lake who’s tricked out his pontoon? Or is it a gleaming bootlegger running the famous Poker Run in a 50-foot Cigarette …

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Formentera Ship

Living on a Sailboat

What could be more romantic or inspiring than living on a sailboat? Maybe you dream of traveling and “sailing off into the sunset.” Or maybe you dig the sailing lifestyle and are looking to join a community of like-minded people. For some, it has been a lifelong dream. Or perhaps …

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Cost to Gelcoat a Boat

If your boat is looking a little tired, you might think a fresh coat of gel coat or paint will spruce it up a bit. But re gelcoating a boat is no small job—it usually involves spraying the finish after removing all of the fixtures and preparing and fairing the …

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Wing Keel Sailboats

Sailboat keels are more complex than many people give them credit for. Most people intuitively realize that the weight of the heavy keel keeps the sailboat upright and counters the force of the wind against the sails. But the keel does a lot more than that. For example, did you …

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Sailing Catamaran Speed

You’ve probably heard that one of the best reasons to get a catamaran is because they’re fast. After all, there’s a race any time there are two sailboats on the same waterway. But like all things in boating, speed is a relative term. Catamarans seem fast to those coming from …

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How to Mark Anchor Chain

Anchoring is a complex art form that requires knowing a bit of the theory and then practicing every chance you get. Unfortunately, most boaters know little about the subject until they take off on their first big voyage. Even still, many travelers spend most of their time tied to docks.  …

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