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Sealskinz Gloves, Take Two

For cold weather sailing we figure we have foul weather gear, the clothes to go under it, as well as boots and hats, pretty much sorted out, but gloves have remained a challenge...until now.

Members' Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 17 of 24

Cool Gadget to Keep Your Frozen Food Frozen

Here's a simple easy-to-build gadget that will make a huge difference to the effectiveness of your freezer, by circulating the air so the stuff at the top and farthest from the plates does not thaw, while the food at the bottom and against the plates remains frozen, particularly when the freezer is packed tight.

Members' Online Book: Person Overboard Prevention, Chapter 4 of 16

Staying Attached To The Boat

The key to person overboard prevention is never losing contact with the boat. In this chapter I take you through an easy to use (with a little practice) system, which we have evolved over 20 years sailing offshore short-handed on our boat, that will enable you to stay clipped on at all times and still have the mobility and reach to sail your boat properly.

Members' Online Book: Anchoring Made Easy—Gear, Chapter 17 of 17

Install A Wash-down Pump—And Save Money!

  Want to save a bunch of money...no, I mean really big money. Buy and install a really good deck washdown pump. "Huh? OK, now John really has lost his marbles", I can hear you say. But read on, this piece of gear could save you thousands of dollars, Pounds, or Euros every year. The reason [...]

Members' Online Book: Watertight Integrity, Chapter 6 of 8

Our New Crash Pump

The sound of gushing water from below has got to be right up there on any voyaging sailor's list of worst nightmares. On Morgan's Cloud, given that we believe that any pump that is practical for a yacht, no matter how powerful, is going to be of limited use in a flooding situation, we have always [...]

Filter Boss Fuel Protection System

Regular readers of this site will know that I take a more than passing interest in fuel quality and our dependence on engine reliability. I believe that these are matters that go to the heart of modern cruising. Therefore, I also believe that anything that can offer improvements in terms of engine reliability has got to [...]

A Great Racing Shackle For Cruisers

Colin's post about the failure of a snap shackle on Pèlerin and his recommendation to stick with shackles made by Wichard or Harken, which we heartily agree with, got me thinking about another type of shackle that we have found very useful on Morgan's Cloud. A type that may surprise you since it is normally [...]

The World’s Best Headlamp

It’s strange to think that it’s only about 20 years since the now-ubiquitous headlamp crossed over from the climbing world to offshore sailing. Prior to that, when we needed both hands (most of the time), we either fumbled around in the dark or jammed a huge heavy flashlight between our jaws, thereby insuring that our [...]

A while ago I wrote about how we keep our hands warm when sailing and a number of commentors mentioned they really like Sealskinz gloves. Well, when something gets that much good press, who are we to argue? So we went ahead and bought ourselves a pair of Chillblocker Sealskinz gloves. And yes, you all [...]

Saving The Day

It’s a fact of life that even in our throw away world of ‘service by replacement’ equipment there are times when good old fashioned improvisation can save the day, especially when you’re thousands of miles from the nearest service centre. As a result, part of any spares kit should comprise of a mix of wire, [...]

In our Warm Feet, Please post of several years ago, we mentioned that we had purchased Dubarry Ultima boots and, after several years, were impressed. At that time, however, we weren't ready to commit to anything until we had given them a thorough testing. Well, we’ve used them now for 5 years and we’re still in love [...]

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