Manufacturers of professional yacht coatings offer various solutions for the “final finish.” But which choice is ideal—a PU (Polyurethane) topcoat, an acrylic system or a polyurethane high-solid base coat/clear coat layer structure?
Spot Zero: What’s Under Your Tree?
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Ceramic Coating: Is It Time to Stop Waxing?
By Capt. Dale Wills
Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to wax your boat ever again?! Sounds too good to be true? As the early adopters of ceramic coating technology are finding out, it is kinda too good to be true. If something is kinda too good to be true, that also means that it is kind of true. When it comes to ceramic coatings, the “kinda” aspects relate to a universal truism: no matter what you apply to your boat, you still need to wash and maintain it.
DIY Teak Deck Sanding with Captain Tyler Andresen
By Dale Wills
“I’m sanding my own teak to save the boss money,” says Capt. Andresen from the deck of the 78-foot Rybovich and Sons Persistence. For a captain new to the luxury of teak decks, a DIY attempt at sanding them without a little guidance and know-how can easily turn into a big mistake. If that happens, do what most uber sportfishing captains decide to do and grab your iPhone, search Yelp for a highly rated sub-contractor and continue on with your other boat duties.
When Lightning Strikes
By James Cote
Ask any marine insurance adjuster about trends in lightning claims on recreational fishing boats and you will get an earful. During a recent marine insurance seminar, I remarked that without even seeing the boat I could estimate a direct strike to a new 72-foot sportfish could cause more than $600,000 in damage.
Tackle Tips: DIY Outrigger Tune Up
By Dale Wills
Coastal Riggings President Brendon Ziemba, along with his brother Preston, have been specializing in outrigger installation, repair and maintenance for 25 years. Before watching Brendon get into his work, I had no idea an outrigger could be broken down into so many different parts. Watching them disassemble, service and reassemble a pair of 3-spreader outriggers was an education. While my intent here is to offer some quality advice on keeping your outriggers tuned, I don’t advise any of you to perform a full service yourself. There are too many intricacies and nuances to remember. Check out the video on our website, and I think you will agree.
Pay to Play: The Cost of Sportfishing
Owning a boat is undoubtedly expensive and that last check you sign before driving your new boat home is just the tip of the iceberg. Budgets are in the eye of the beholder as operating costs can vary greatly depending on how many days, weeks or months the boat will be in use and also how extensive your travel or tournament participation will be.
A Refit Case Study: 2008 61’ Spencer, MJ’s
Purchasing a 2008 boat in need of updates has its advantages. During a 10-month search to find such a boat was exactly what Michael Yocco and his father Joe accomplished.
“Our approach was to find a boat within a certain budget which included the purchase price and any upgrades we wanted. Then ask ourselves if the cost of refitting a boat is worth it based on the value post-refit,” Yocco says.
47′ Freeman Omni Sonar Install
To Refit or Not to Refit, Now That’s the Question
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
With apologies to Shakespeare and his melancholy Danish prince—neither of whom were ever boaters—this article is fittingly titled. A boatowner must consider many factors before commissioning a refit, and any refit must be carefully planned and coordinated.