Boat Insurance

Customers who are buying a boat are always asking about Boat Insurance. Who they should choose, what they should look for in a policy, etc. With all of the big insurance agencies out there competing for your attention and money, it can be hard to choose which one to go with and who will provide […]

Solar Panels On Your Boat

Why have them? A full charge on the battery is an absolute must-have when doing long distance cruises, but when you are enjoying a beautiful, QUIET day sailing, you don’t want to have to turn on an engine just to juice up your batteries to ensure you have necessities down below. Why not take advantage […]

Upcoming Boat Shows

The final weekend of April and first weekend of May are going to be very busy for boaters with two major events happening! The countdown has begun for the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show where Norton Yachts will be promoting their Special Show Incentives and exhibiting a Marlow Hunter 37, the largest volume boat on the market under […]

Planning an Extended Cruise

Our good friend, Dave Hope, is the author of a fantastic book titled Summer Heat. The book talks about his life as a sailor and a Chesterfield County Police Officer, as well as recounts his experience of being caught in a storm aboard his boat “Summer Heat”. In this article, Dave discusses the necessity of planning. Planning and Sailing […]

Choosing Bottom Paint : Ablative Vs. Non-Ablative

Choosing Bottom Paint  Anti-fouling Bottom Paint Antifouling paint is a coating that repels the unwanted attachment of barnacles, plants, and other organism’s to the bottom of your boat. The paint is able to repel these things with the help of “biocide”, and the more biocide contained in the paint the more effective it is. For […]

Having a dog onboard a sailboat

Should I have a dog onboard my boat? That is a legitimate question with no easy answer. I will limit my discussion to cruising boats, particularly cruising sail boats. Day cruises are similar, but without some of the problems or concerns related to destination cruising. If you already own a pooch, then the die is […]

USCG Vessel Safety Check

Have a USCG Vessel Safety Check before you shove off!   Like most boaters, you are probably daydreaming about the weekend. We wanted to share with you a way to ensure you have a great time, and potentially avoid being detained too long with a vessel check by the marine police on a day where […]

Gelcoat Repair Tips

Gelcoat Repair Tips Repairing Gelcoat   During our recent Seminar, Norton’s Marine Service Center’s Yard Foreman, Sid Simmons discussed some of his tips on Gelcoat Repairs for star cracks in your boat. Gelcoat is a Polyester Resin with Pigment in it. This means Gelcoat will not flex like fiberglass because it is a lot more […]

TransAtlantic on a Sailboat

TransAtlantic on a Sailboat Conquering a TransAtlantic   Steve Runals is a well-seasoned sailing instructor at Norton’s Sailing School in Deltaville, Virginia. He has a wealth of knowledge in all things cruising and navigating. Steve’s presentation this year was a detailed report on his TransAtlantic to Portugal on a 1982 Skye 51. His presentation includes […]