Author: Jeff Merrill

Prized pilothouse possessions

In my more than 30 years as a boat builder/yacht broker, I have enjoyed visiting hundreds of pilothouses. From 30 feet to 100 feet, tiny to opulent, at boat shows for a quick walkthrough and underway for days on…

Very Helpful Feature - VHF radio

With all of the savvy technology that exists on boats today, it is easy to overlook that the most reliable communication tool on your…

Suggested ship’s papers

To collect and assemble the necessary paperwork, we provide to our clients an alphabetical list comprised of the most common documents they are likely to have or will need to have aboard.

Bilge pointers

Jeff Merrill's tips for keeping your bilge in peak condition

Developing your spare parts strategy

Anticipate problems, determine what you will need before you need it. Be vigilant in your inspections and look for clues (rust, oil leaks, chafe dust, corrosion, etc.) that indicate something is wearing out or going wrong. Ensure that you have…

Thoughts about trawler tools

Before you take off, take time at the dock to inspect your systems and identify what tools you should have, get them and try them out to make sure they fit and will get the job done before you need…

Key points on spare parts

• It’s easier to make a repair tied up at the dock. Do you have what you need when you are offshore? • Determine what is likely to be  commonly replaced (bulbs, fuses) and add spares to your inventory. •…

Fuel to burn

Heading out to sea for an extended-range passage requires careful planning.

Engine essentials

Familiarity with the heart of your power voyaging boat, your engine, is the best way to enjoy cruising with confidence. Spending thousands of offshore miles training with clients has helped me outline some key points to focus on so that each owner can “dial-in” the essentials of their engines.