About This Site

My name is Rod “RC” Collins and I am an independent ABYC Certified Marine Electrical Systems Specialist. That and 2¢ will buy you a gumball. The meat on the bones, and all that really matters, is if you like these articles. “Independent” simply means I work for myself, not a boat yard. This allows me to charge my customers less money and give them top quality work for a fair price. Many may know me as Maine Sail on the various sailing, cruising and boating forums but I am also Compass Marine Inc. / “RC” / Rod & marinehowto.com.

I publish this site in my spare time for DIY boaters in an attempt to try and keep the sport as affordable & safe as possible. I have seen too many people lose their boat because they simply can’t afford to keep it or pay a yard to maintain it.

My writings may be injected with some strong opinions but I always try to back up where they come from or stem from. I always try to keep my articles as close to current accepted safety standards as possible, because, well, it just makes sense to work on your boat safely.

How MarineHowTo.com is Funded

This site is fully supported by the few items I manufacture such as, Bed-It Tape, CMI alternators, & other items that I personally like, use regularly or believe in. The small web store, as well as reader donations, are what fund this site. As of now I have no advertising and would prefer to keep it that way.

I avoid advertising as it can tend to mislead readers into believing I like something because I got paid for it, through advertising. By not allowing advertising I can write what ever I want and say what ever I want about a product. I try very hard not to simply bash any product but there will be times when safety must prevail and I need to be brutally honest in my assessments.

Your donations and purchases help defray the cost of these articles. MarineHowTo.com can only grow & stay alive through reader support.

As of Jan 1, 2018 MHT is still nearly $5440.00 in the red. What does that mean? It means I have essentially donated $5440.00 of my own money (my families money really) into this site so that it can remain free to the readers. My goal is to someday buy my self a hamburger with some of the money I hopefully earn, from all the work I’ve put into MarineHowTo.com.

If you don’t like it, no problem, take what you want from it. If you enjoy the site, feel free to support its growth via a donation or by purchasing the products I sell in my web store. There is almost nothing I can’t get so don’t be afraid to ask me for a quote.

If you’re reading this you’ve found my brand new web site! It only took ten years to finish, & lots of money, but is finally here.

My Mantra – Don’t just take my word for it.

As I always say “Don’t just take my word for it.” . My site is but one source among hundreds or thousands of other informational sources. Always do your homework, weigh all the options, then decide what will work best for you & your boat.

I hope you enjoy the site.


Rod “RC” Collins
Compass Marine Inc.
Cumberland, ME

Questions? Contact Me.