The Year of the Refit

Boat work means lists, projects and knowing it will all be worth it  (published January/February 2018) Switching my electric sander off, I watched dust settle around Yahtzee’s cabin. A steady, cold rain fell outside and I could see my breath in front of me as I surveyed the area I was working on. It looked

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Solar Survival

Bright ideas to keep you going in any situation  (published Nov/Dec 2017) Watching the drama unfold as hurricane after hurricane battered the Caribbean and Atlantic this season was horrifying. Broken boats, broken homes and broken dreams were the only thing that seemed to make the news for weeks. As sailors we may feel like we

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Ten Years After

What Worked, What Didn't  (published October 2017) After 10 years of cruising, we aren’t going home any time soon. We are on our way across the Indian Ocean to South Africa; then, Tierra Del Fuego has an enticing tone. Along the way we are still finding some things that work and some that don’t. 1)

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Land Ho!

The culture shock of life ashore  (published August 2017) Stepping from the marina parking lot onto the sidewalk, cars rushed by in a flash and I felt my heart start beating a bit faster. Rain pounded on the hard pavement, the stench of exhaust hung in the air and I winced at the noise. It

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How Refrigeration Works

Understanding your refrigeration system allows you to get the best out of it  (published April 2017) I’ll try not to get too technical on this subject, but there are some basic principles that you need to know before we get going. Firstly, we won’t be talking about hot and cold too often. It will be

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A New Glow for the Old Girl

She was a magnificent yacht in her day, and you’re the new proud owner. With a little tender loving care she can regain that youthful appearance, but, as with any new workout program, it doesn’t need to be accomplished in one undertaking  (published February 2017) Perhaps periodic routine maintenance by the previous owner has kept

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Neglect Your Rudder at Your Own Peril

(published February 2017) Few things on a sailboat are as important as a rudder. Don’t check your rudder, post, seals and skeg (if you have one) often enough and you are flirting with disaster when you get offshore and need it all to perform at its best when the weather is at its worst. Last

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Preparing for Offshore: Know Your Boat

Before heading offshore, take some time to know how your boat responds in various conditions  (published October 2016) While sailors often think first of checking the condition of all the gear on their boat, making sure they have all the latest gadgets, checking weather, going through checklists and thinking of storm tactics and emergency procedures,

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