Tried & tested products

This page has a list of products that I have tried, used & found useful in many aspects of boat repairs & maintenance over the years. I am not connected with the suppliers or manufacturers and have absolutely no connection with them.

There are a great deal of products that I have used over the years that I would not recommend, but I make no mention of these as others may well have had differing experiences.

This page will be added to as product evaluation in real use continues.


Bondaglass Wood Hardener


wood hardenerThis differs from the popular DIY products in that it is a polyurethane liquid & a bit thicker than the well known one. It is moisture cured. Don't expect to make rotten wood sound again but for some applications where structural integrity is not the main consideration, then this works well. Inject it into areas using a hypodermic syringe (needle removed) into pre drilled holes of appropriate depth. For instance behind rubbing strakes where surface softness might be present but not severe enough to strip off sound timber.


Water Based white gloss Wickes


I have used this for many years & can vouch for its usefulness on interior paintwork. Used to use oil based white gloss for internals & inside cupboards water based gloss paintetc. but after a year or so in dark cupboards, all various makes of oil based finish turned yellow to varying degrees. The white deckhead also turned quickly to an off white, not noticing too badly until you touched in a year later & the difference was staggering. Used a water based gloss & it stays exactly the same white for many years, touching in old finish hardly notices years later. The gloss is not quite as glossy as conventional gloss & more difficult getting a flowing paint job. This gloss white is glossier than most other "DIY store"water based products & long term I prefer it to stay white and can accept the slight loss of oil based gloss finish. In cupboards the finish is irrelevant.


Screwfix Yacht varnish ( own brand)



Have used this on & off for several years when I remember to buy it. I have found it just as good & durable as any of the leading marine varnishes, obviously a lot less expensive as well.








Wickes Professional woodstain. Mahogany.


Used this for a long time now. It stops mahogany fading in sunlight. Strip a woodstainlength of mahogany to a beautiful rich red, varnish it & within a few months it has faded & a couple of years down the line it has noticeably yellowed. This stain helps the mahogany stay its glorious colour for many years. The stain is very dense & it goes a long way, so use it sparingly and not like paint, apply it , thinned if easier & brush it out fully on new wood. Allow to dry & apply decent varnish. It is also useful & works for brightening fading varnished mahogany without stripping the sound varnish off. Key the existing varnish and apply very lightly & spread out as far as it will go to even the coating. allow to dry & apply normal varnish..


Stixall MS Polymer.


I have used this for many years & no complaints about its durability or effectiveness. It is a new breed of sealant. Not to be confused with silicon sealant which really is , in my experience, mostly useless in marine stixallenvironments, this is an adhesive sealant. It cures in damp conditions so can be used on damp (not soaking) substrates. I have used it in underwater situations & found it survives well. It will be used for bedding down railings & rubbing strakes for both sealing & bonding. It has been found to resist UV deterioration & can be used in laid deck seams subject to good preparation. It cures to a tough flexible rubber type bead in about 2 hours depending on colour & thickness. Black/white & brown although other colours available. Less expensive than the well known market leader of polyurethane sealant with the advantage that is does not "go off" in the tube once opened. Just seal the tip & use again.



Rutland 503 Wind Generator Marlec


Installed about 7 or 8 years ago . Every other week before installed we had to run the engine or another generator to charge batteries wind generatorafter weekend aboard using radio & other electrical power over weekend if we stayed on mooring. Since that time never had to run engine to charge batteries. Maximum charge on average is only about 4 amps in strong winds but an amp or two 7 days a week (although not so much this year just gone with no wind over summer) is more than adequate for keeping 3 batteries full. I use a small split charge transistorised charge splitter & no regulator as the batteries can absorb the charge OK. Bearings just getting noisy so will replace soon. But given that it has survived days of 50 & 60 mph winds last year and numbers of gales over the years, no complaints.