Is Coppercoat the Best Antifouling for Your Boat?

CopperCoat antifouling bottom coating is a very polarizing topic. While researching what antifouling bottom paint to use on our Tartan 37 we heard everything from "It's Magic!" to "It's Snake oil".  Surprisingly we didn't hear a whole lot of opinions in the middle, which only made the decision making process more difficult...

What’s the deal with Centerboards?

Most of you who have followed our journey for some time are familiar with our somewhat infamous centerboard issue, where we ran aground in the Illinois river in 8' of water when our boat should only draw 4'. We'd like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the pros and cons of the centerboard system and shed some light on how we've been using it with real life examples.

How to Prepare your Boat for Dry Storage over Hurricane Season

Storing your boat away for hurricane season is a daunting task. There's not much you can really do if Mother Nature conjures up her worst, but with proper planning and solid preparation you'll sleep better knowing you did your best -- and short of suffering the direct hit of a cat 4 or cat 5 hurricane -- your boat should survive!

Monthly Cruising Budget: June | Month 12 – Summer Haul Out & Off-season Vanlife

Where as April and May were normal-ish, June was an absolutely wild ride: It completed our first full year living aboard the boat; we bought a van and named him Chip; we hauled the boat out of the water for hurricane season and drove north to help Lauren's parents move out of her childhood home, and attended our first electronic music festival.  

Monthly Cruising Budget: March | Month 9 – Cruising the Panhandle

We left Mobile at the beginning of the month and officially began our saltwater cruising.  We continued our spendthrift in March after having stocked up on food, and wrapping up all of our planned upgrades.  It was good to be on the move and good on our pocketbooks as well. 

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