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Tips, Tricks & Thoughts:

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  • No Position

    We were out sailing our new-to-us J/109 when I realized that neither of the default screens on the plotter or TZiBoat showed position. Pretty standard these days…and oh so wrong. Imagine a crew overboard and we need to radio for help, but first have to dig through a bunch of screens to find our position. Two minutes to fix (above photo), but worth thinking about.


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  • Brion Toss Rigging

    Great to see that the incredible legacy of Brian Toss lives on after his tragic death in 2020. See the web site:


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  • eWincher 2 On Test

    Just received our new eWincher 2. Why would I buy one for a little 35′ J/109? Is it because I’m an old fart? Not really, more to do with ergonomics.

    Will be updating our three part in-depth on the eWincher with that, and what we think of the improvements to the second generation.


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  • Victron Chargers Rock

    I’m loving this little charger I bought. I will write more in an upcoming article, but the ability to check out, on my phone, exactly what happened in the last charge cycle is amazing. Tells me a lot about battery health and how to set up the charger best for our usage.


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  • iPad Clamp

    Well, this is better than duct taping it to the companionway, but it still feels like a kluge. Probably OK for round the bay, but I need to make it more waterproof and improve power feed. Even then I’m glad there’s a plotter below for backup and offshore use. Nice clamp from Scanstrut.


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  • White Paint Is Our Friend

    Before and after shots of a small locker in our J-109. Way better to paint the water damaged ply than mess around with varnish trying to fix it. Brightens the boat up too. We like semi-gloss, not gloss. White is brighter inside the locker too.


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  • Mast Climbing Harness

    Just received a Spinlock Mast Pro Harness for evaluation and to use as part of a two part article on going aloft that Matt and I are working on. Big thank you to @spinlock_HQ


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