Boat Maintenance

When sanding bottom paint,use only NIOSH-rated high efficiency filters (see “The Best Respirators for the Boatyard,” Practical Sailor September 2017). Do not use disposable fabric masks—they do not provide the same level of protection. Goggles and a hood further increases protection, but they can be hard to bear if it is hot.

A Fast Bottom Paint Finish

Save time on your next bottom job with the right sand paper and rollers.

In the quest for speed, sailors endlessly debate sail trim, the best cloth, the hottest cut, and which folding prop will do everything. In reality, nothing slows you down more than a dirty bottom, the primary motivation behind Practical Sailor’s trademark bottom paint trials.

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