All Things Boat provides free nautical resources for the boating community.
Being the Captain is a lot of work . . . YOU are responsible for everything that happens on board.
Depending on what happens on board, that could be a good thing or a bad thing.
All Things Boat was founded by Captain Curran, a long time boater who enjoys sharing tips and advice with other mariners.
I hope our resources help you get your sea legs … and save you some time and energy.
About the author…
Captain Curran began boating and crabbing and fishing in the chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest. He now teaches at a university in San Diego and keeps his boat near Cabo San Lucas. Curran has written extensively about electrical systems on boats. His most widely read articles are:
Below, I’ve listed our most commonly read articles from 2017.
You have a few interesting options when it comes to keeping your electrical devices charged up.
I’m fascinated with small, portable power supplies that are topped off by solar panels. I think these are an excellent alternative to a traditional gasoline powered generator. I recently spent 3 weeks off at sea in my Newport 30 sailboat. I had ample time to play around with many different lithium ion power supplies. These units are also handy when you’re camping or dealing with a disaster. I recently sat down and wrote a proper review of the best models available this year.
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read my review of the best solar-powered generators on the market in 2018.
Captain Curran walks you though the installation process, including:
- mounting the panel on your stern rail
- attaching a controller
- wiring the panel to the controller and your battery bank
- explanation of how to keep costs low but still get a quality system
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read our solar panel install tutorial.
Captain Curran walks you though all the steps including:
- determining when you need need a new prop
- removing the old one
- popping on the shiny new propeller
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read our propeller install tutorial.
Captain Curran walks you though a DIY installation process, including:
- how to AVOID spending 3-5K on a bimini or dodger
- use basic UV resistant canvas to keep the sun at bay
- use PVC pipes to create a sun awning structure
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read our sun awning tutorial.
Looking for a nautical gift idea?
I am a huge fan of Port & Starboard Lamps. These solid brass lamps add a sea-faring element to your home or work space.
- Bulb socket: standard – fits all regular size light bulbs
- 8 feet of lamp cord, on-off switch, wall mount hardware
Lamps come in 2 different styles: antique brass and shiny brass. Click on image to learn more.
All the tropical storms are changing up the marine insurance industry. Many policy prices are moving up as insurance companies scramble to cover their losses from tropical storm damage. I have created a resource to help others find the best possible marine insurance provider.
In my review I provide the following:
- an overview of the basics of marine insurance
- a general rule to use when calculating a reasonable cost for your annual policy
- a review of the most recommended marine insurance providers (updated annually)
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read our annual marine insurance review.
Captain Curran explains an alternative to the floating bilge switch.
I got tired of the classic floating switch. It never seemed reliable in my bilge.
Here, I discuss a new style of bilge pump, a water sensor device.
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read about this new bilge switch.
I know what you’re thinking…sounds like a terrible idea.
Actually, when this unit is installed correctly – it is very safe.
Nothing is more romantic than getting cozy in your boat while a fire crackles in the corner…
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read how to install a wood burning stove in a boat.
I am a bit biased, but I consider this to be one of the classic boating adventures in America.
My boat is moored in southern California, so I can sail over to Catalina in 1 day.
I provide all the distance information from the most common harbors in LA.
Click on title above or the adjacent image to read how to take your boat to Catalina.