By Craig GrosbySummer is here, and with it, warmer temperatures. Time and again, I had wished for a product that would keep the sweat out of my eyes when I was working or playing outdoors. Being on a boat is typically a warm-weather activity, and I’m always having sweat run down my face, get in my eyes and on my sunglasses.
By Craig GrosbyWith so many mold and mildew stain removers on the market, you might wonder which one will do the best job with the least amount of effort.
I tested the Iosso Mold & Mildew Stain Remover on my boat, and I can tell you it works wonders. I had some old mildew stains on my captain’s chair that I tried to remove with a multitude of products, but I was afraid to use a bleach or chlorine-based product. Darned if this mold and mildew stain remover didn’t get it looking brand new again without the need for bleach.
By Craig GrosbyShurhold Serious Shine is billed as a “one-step detailer.” When the product arrived for testing, I was not exactly sure what to expect. Is it a cleaner or wax? What can I use it on? Does it leave a residue? Do I have to re-wax after use?
I have used many Shurhold products over the years, and I felt confident that once I figured out what to use it on, it would work wonders.
By Craig GrosbyI like going to the beach, though my girlfriend would say otherwise as I always complain about getting sand in the car, on the towels, on the beach chairs, in my shoes and in the beach bags. Sand is part of the fun of going to the beach, but when I look around, I constantly see people shaking sand out of their blankets and towels.
There’s a solution: the CGear Sand-Free Mat. Yes, you can go to the beach or to a campsite and not get sand and dirt in everything you own.
By Craig GrosbyThe LifeSaver Bottle is a portable water filter and purifier that removes most bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and microbiological waterborne pathogens from water without the aid of foul-tasting chemicals like iodine.
The LifeSaver Bottle can’t convert sea water to potable drinking water or purify water contaminated by gasoline, oil, chlorine, chemicals or industrial waste.
By Debbie YeagleGrowing up, I was the little kid, green at the gills, crying at the Illinois State Fair. While the rest of my family rode the rides, I stood still, usually facing away from anything that moved. I suffer from vertigo and motion sickness. I never know when it will strike, and it can be quite awful.
I have tried everything: protein loading; ginger; pills of all kinds; getting up certain ways; lying down other ways; stretchy, tight elastic wristlets; and other well-intended suggestions from folks who have never suffered from motion sickness.
By Joan Wenner
By Craig GrosbyThe innocuous boathook, though simple in form, is critical for docking and mooring. It acts as an extension of the human arm, assisting with ordinary daily tasks, and is one of the most overlooked but important pieces of boating safety equipment. During docking, a boathook should be used for fending off, instead of hands and feet. It’s also used to retrieve items floating in the water.
Today many boathooks serve as multifunctional tools, converting into deck brushes, mops, squeegees and fishing nets.
I tested three different brands and discovered some well-designed boathooks to meet almost every need. All three boathooks performed as advertised. They’re boathooks, after all—simple tools that make boating easier. Deciding which to buy depends on your idea of what a boathook should do. Is it a single-purpose device or multifunctional? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
By Craig GrosbyBefore launching, you waxed the hull, cleaned the bilge and wiped down the isinglass. After several trips and voyages, the spit and polish are wearing off. Now is the perfect time for a mid-season cleanup.
By Craig Grosby
CR Spotless Water SystemsThe CR Spotless Water System, a portable de-ionization unit, produces clean, ultra-purified water for washing boats, cars, motorcycles and RVs. Water purified by the system contains no minerals and leaves no water spots.
Starting at $349.99
Water spots occur because water contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium and other dissolved mineral salts. When the water evaporates, these minerals leave hard-to-remove rings or water spots on isinglass, painted surfaces, hulls, hatches and just about everywhere on your boat. We squeegee, chamois, polish and towel dry to get rid of these nasty water spots, but wouldn’t it be nice to just rinse the boat and walk away?
Beckson Marine Handy mate pump 212PC modelAlthough well known for its port lights, Beckson Marine manufactures other marine accessories including Handy Mate hand pumps. The model 212PC hand pump measures 13 inches long and can pump anything from water to petroleum products, such as diesel oil, gasoline or engine oil.
$31.80 (for 212PC model)
The 212PC comes with two different pickup tubes, including a quarter-inch diameter hose designed to go down the oil pickup tube to drain your oil. You can pump water or light liquids at 3.8 gallons per hour. A larger unit, the 16-inch 216PC, comes with a foot to keep it steady and a longer discharge line. It can pump up to 5 gallons per hour.
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