Peter d'Anjou

A USCG licensed captain and former merchant mariner, Peter d'Anjou is now a freelance writer and editor. A one-time executive editor at Sailing World magazine, he writes about his passion for racing and boating. Having managed a large yacht repair facility in the NE U.S. his background in boat construction and repair translate to the practical side of boat ownership.
There are all sorts of marine batteries, and each different type requires careful care. Learning which type you have on your boat is the first step to properly maintaining them. Photo courtesy of Optima Batteries.
Marine batteries are not the same as car batteries. Know your basics.
Advantages of Buying A Used Boat

Unless you’re buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate. They’re more like cars in that respect: Drive it off...

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do with it.  Buying the most expensive boat you can...

There are more considerations and calculations to make when choosing a tow vehicle than just boat and trailer weight.
Identifying the tow vehicle you need starts with knowing the weight you're about to haul.
A manual marine head. Note the hand pump on the right side of the bowl.
Whether you're upgrading to a fixed toilet or porta-potty, it's time to graduate from the bucket. Your family and your local waters will thank you.
Mercury's Four-Stroke series outboards are among the engines covered in their Certified Pre-Owned program.
Peter d'Anjou walks you through ways to figure out how big an outboard engine will work on your boat.
Constant vigilance and regular maintenance of fuel filters against water and sediment in fuel systems can prevent expensive engine problems and tank corrosion.
When you're thinking of buying a used boat, any extra time you or your surveyor take to make sure of the quality of fuel will be time very well spent.
Winterizing engines and fuel systems is a top priority, especially with the ethanol demons ready to wreak havoc during the cold season.
Here are a few straightforward layup tips to make your life easier come spring commissioning and beyond.
G10, or Garolite, is a little-known material that is perfect for boat repair.
This clogged exhaust elbow led to severe breathing problems for the Yanmar 2GM.
Makes sure your diesel is able to breathe -- both in and out.
The traffic separation scheme for San Francisco shows inbound and outbound lanes to and from the north, west, and south.
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Grande Mariner draws only seven feet, and can nose into a lot of places where larger vessels can't venture.
Lessons from a small cruise ship that apply to shallow-water boaters.
Have your crew on the bow snub or make fast the anchor rode when it's "up and down," then let the boat's power break the anchor free.
Let the boat do the work when you need to break a hard-set anchor free.
A pilot boat charges ino the teeth of the Fremantle Doctor in western Australia. Photo courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.
Local and seasonal wind conditions exist in many places -- and many hve their own names.
Rough weather can pop up quickly. Using your own understanding of clouds along with local forecasts from the pros will keep you safer on the water.
A skilled boater should be able to identify cloud types and be able to forecast weather changes based on changing cloud types.
Pressure changes in our atmosphere are due to uneven heating of air. Wind flows from high pressure toward low pressure.
Sailors should be able to supplement official forecasts with personal observations in order to make intelligent decisions.
Over many thousands of years, the outflow of the Hudson River has created the well-known undersea canyon.
The inherent physical attributes of the earth bear a more direct impact on weather than seaman’s superstition.
As sunlight warms the land during the day, the air above the land rises. and cooler air from over the water is drawn inland.
The more scientific explanation for land and sea breezes are thermals--the rising of warm air or the sinking of colder, denser air.

Tired of leaky shaft seals filling the bilge with water or having to replace the packing? The solution is to replace the old stuffing box with a new dripless shaft seal. I’ve written about repacking...

Spraying fogging oil into the engine's carb and cylinders prevents corrosion -- but for how long?

This is the time of year that people start thinking about pulling their boats and winterizing them. Part of that routine is the so-called fogging of outboard engines. How long is this storage solution...