The claims made for battery pulse desulphators seem to make them ideal for voyaging boats. A cheap, easy to install gadget that will dramatically extend your expensive batteries' lives. What's not to like? But do they really work? John takes a look.
John has finally learned about podcasts and specifically offshore voyaging podcasts. He has now been interviewed not just once, but twice. Complimentary Post
When an anchor that thousands of sailors rely on seems to have a dangerous flaw, we need to write about that...and we do. Also, some thoughts on the new Vulcan anchor. Chapter will be complimentary for two days...extended to four days.
If you want to watch John have a complete melt down, just mention 5200 bedding compound...but stand well back, it ain't pretty. Not just a rant, John suggests better alternatives. Complimentary Post
No question that cruising sailboats have been getting bigger in recent years. And that begs the question, what's the safe top end for a couple to handle? John has a simple answer.
The story of how John nearly wasted a bunch of time and money, but finally got a grip of himself. Lots of electrical system recommendations and a caution to make sure that the complexity we choose is right for us.
John and Phyllis reduced their battery ownership costs by a factor of four. Here's the report. Complimentary Post
When we have a problem on our boats, it's always tempting to try to fix it by adding gear, but often a better approach is simplification. We look at mainsail hoisting as an example and provide several tips to make the job easier.
Charging batteries fast has all kinds of benefits: less engine wear, fuel savings, less carbon. But how far can we go and what are the lurking dangers?
The latest news on the Adventure 40, a high quality, fast, voyaging boat for just US$200,000.
There are few problems that detract more from the pleasure of sailing than a bad case of weather helm, a surprisingly common affliction. The good news is that this problem can be fixed.
A new, and much requested, feature for our members and a reminder of how to save money on gear.
The details of how batteries charge and how voltage regulators work together...or not. Practical information that will help make sure you have electricity when you need it.
Electricity, batteries and how to charge them are the source of more confusion in the cruising world than just about anything I can think of. But suppose you could really understand electricity? Now you can, and it's not hard. Read on. This post will be complimentary for two days only.
John has long been a critic of the current state of motorboat design but now he's seeing some exciting new designs that bode well for the future. Complimentary Post