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John introduces a new writer who debuts with four articles on refits, including three detailed case studies and a summary on how to do refits well. Complimentary Post

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I just read Herb McCormick's biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, As Long as It's Fun. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I devoured the book, or maybe to be more accurate still, the book consumed me for several hours. Here's a short review. Complimentary Post

Online Book: Engines For Cruising Boats, Chapter 9 of 11

Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPPs)

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So far in this Online Book we have learned about the fundamentals of engine and propeller efficiency and, in the last chapter, we looked at a way to make our existing engines a bit more efficient. In this chapter Matt explains a much better way to get the very most out of every drop of diesel fuel.

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Mick and Bee have cruised for 15 years and over 70,000 miles on less than US$250,000 all told, including the purchase price of their gaffer, "Hannah". And they have numerous northern high latitude cruises under their belt. Mick writes about what it takes to make live-aboard cruising possible on a tight budget. Complimentary Post

Cruising With Less

Hannah under full working sail off the coast of Labrador the day we (Phyllis and John) met Mick and Bee the first time.

There's a whole genre of books and articles on how to buy a boat and go cruising on very little money. But really, how often do you meet people who have actually made it work for any length of time? Complimentary Post

Online Book: Seamanship, Chapter 7 of 7

Mooring Your Dinghy While Ashore, Made Easy

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Some of the most fun we can have while cruising is while exploring ashore, but what if there is no dinghy dock? How do you make sure your dinghy is safe while you're gone? Here's an easy-to-deploy mooring you can build that solves the problem...and it will save your back too.

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