Fix That Screeching Main Hatch!

A very common problem with older C-22s is a companionway hatch that screeches when opened or closed. Over the years, the flanges on the sides of the hatch and the teak rails that they slide in wear thin from use. This eventually lowers the middle of the front edge of the hatch until it scrapes…

Installing a Marine Music System

If you’re a music lover, an onboard music system is mandatory. There’s a mysterious connection between the open waters and music. Whether it’s classical, jazz, rock, country, folk, or reggae, there’s a song for every mood when you’re sailing. A marine music system lets you take your favorite music with you on the waters. We…

Refinish Your Interior Teak to Better Than New

One of the things about older sailboats that I appreciate most is their abundance of teak woodwork. As a woodworker, I admire good craftsmanship, creative design, and a fine finish. It’s harder to find on today’s modern sailboats. Teak is in short supply so it’s more expensive than it once was and most modern sailors…

Product Review: Smart Solutions Add-A-Drawer Kit

In my never-ending quest to find the best storage and organization solutions for everything aboard Summer Dance, the hardest storage problems are the smallest items. Big items like life jackets and sails aren’t hard to find places to store because there aren’t a lot of options. But finding a home for little items like pens, pencils, keys,…

Above Galley Storage and a Tamer Stove

This is a guest post by “Barnacle” Bill Holcomb, author of the blog Barnacle Bill Holcomb’s Sailing. He has been sailing for over 50 years on all kinds of boats from daysailers to two-masted cruisers. Bill and his wife Kathy bought their Catalina 25 #4839 new over 30 years ago and can often be seen daysailing, cruising, or racing Snickerdoodle on Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. I’ve…

Turn Carpet Remnants into Custom Floor Mats

Back in February when the first mate and I attended the Seattle Boat Show, we really liked the look and feel of these custom fit sea grass mats that some of the boats were showing off, but they are way too expensive for our budget.