The Importance Of The Big PictureReading Time: 3 minutes
In this chapter I’m going to discuss a real world example of how we used the tools we have discussed in this book to manage a weather risk while transiting Hudson Strait and the northern coast of Labrador—no place to get caught by bad weather.
A Windlass That Makes The GradeReading Time: 4 minutes
Most windlasses fitted to production cruising boats are simply inadequate and can leave you in very deep yogurt when things go wrong. In this chapter we show you what to look for in a good windlass and tell you about a feature, the lack of which contributes to about half of the dragging incidences we see.
Things to Know About Anchor ChainReading Time: 4 minutes
There are probably more misconceptions and just plain wrong information circulating about anchor chain than most any other piece of cruising gear. For this chapter I went to the experts at Peerless Chain to get the real facts.
Serve Your ApprenticeshipReading Time: 2 minutes
Phyllis tells an all too common sad story and then moves on to tips to prevent it happening to you.
Priorities In PreparationReading Time: 4 minutes
You will never get everything done on your boat. This we guarantee. So one of the most important skills you can have as a boat maintenance technician is prioritization. In this chapter John tells a story of when he got his priorities wrong, and what he learned from that.
Making Life Easier—Roller Reefing/FurlingReading Time: 4 minutes
Colin shares the details on the Harken roller reefing system they installed on their OVNI 435.
Clear The Decks For ActionReading Time: 5 minutes
There are few things more unseamanlike than a lot of clutter on deck. But, on the other hand, we all like our toys. Here are some thoughts (with photographs) on the things you really don’t want to festoon your boat with.
Making Life Easier—Storm JibReading Time: 5 minutes
Colin and Louise carry a dedicated hanked on storm jib ready to go when necessary. Colin tells us why and how.
How To Use An Anchor Trip LineReading Time: 3 minutes
John writes about how we rig an anchor trip line on Morgan’s Cloud.
The Beauty Of SimplicityReading Time: 5 minutes
Today our boats are more complex than ever before. And yes, there are benefits that go along with some of this complexity. But, as a general rule, simple is almost always more seamanlike than complicated.
Chart Plotters And Autopilots, Never The Twain Should MeetReading Time: 3 minutes
The dangers of interfacing a boat’s autopilot and navigation plotter.
Light Weather Sails—Choosing What Is Right For YouReading Time: 6 minutes
Code 0 or lightweight genoa? Colin discusses the choice they made on Pèlerin, their OVNI 435.
Perkins M92B, Initial Report CardReading Time: 3 minutes
Installing the new engine was a huge and expensive job, so how did it work out?
Equalizing Batteries, The RealityReading Time: 5 minutes
Fully charging your batteries after each discharge on a live-aboard cruising sailboat is simply not practical. Instead, most of us will cycle our batteries between 50 and 80% of their capacity. The bad news is that this will ruin your lead-acid batteries (regardless of type) in a distressingly short time due to sulphation. However, there is a solution: equalization. In this chapter we cover what it is and how to do it.
Storm Preparation, All Chain On DeckReading Time: 4 minutes
What with spending a lot of time in the high latitudes and keeping boats on moorings year round in Bermuda, John has a lot of experience dealing with heavy weather while anchored or on a mooring. In this chapter he gives some tips for preparing your boat to safely ride out a storm.