Colin carries on with his analysis of boat heating systems covering propane heaters and diesel furnaces, both forced air, and water circulation as well as radiators that harvest waste heat from the engine.
So how can we be sure whether or not heaving-to will result in a knock-down or roll-over in heavy weather? John tackles this difficult but vital question.
If your boat is not equipped and set up right, the most skilled crew in the world will have trouble coming alongside. John looks at 10 things you can change on your boat to make docking easy.
John sticks his neck out and gets right controversial but it's really all about seamanship...it's always all about seamanship.
You don't need to be heading for the high latitudes to appreciate the benefits of a boat heater. Just drying the boat out can be reason enough to make installing a heater worthwhile. But which type is best? Colin shines a light on the options.
After our miserable experience with Lopolight, we are looking for an alternative. Please help.
Alternatives to an aft-running spring at the boat's balance point, as well as how to determine where that magic aft spring fairlead should go if you decide to install one.
Now we get to the good stuff: a step-by-step guide, with diagrams and video, that makes coming alongside easy, even short-handed and when the wind is up.
These tips, which we have developed over two decades of coming alongside double-handed in a 56-foot boat without a bow thruster, will take the stress out of docking and make it easy...even fun too.
A new Online Book on docking (coming alongside) that will truly take the drama out of this everyday activity for cruisers.
Changing survival strategies in the middle of a storm at sea is not something that any of us want to be faced with, but here are some thoughts from John about how that might be done safely.
There have been a couple of well-publicized cases of series drogues, based on Don Jordan's research and design, deteriorating after as little as ten hours' use in strong gale conditions. John investigates and shares what he intends to do to upgrade his drogue.
John is thinking about modern anchors, the Vendée Globe, winter storage, and why the heck is it so hard to sell Nova Scotia as a winter yachting destination?
An amazing coincidence provides a small glimpse into what life was like "in the day" on Cape Negro Island, Nova Scotia.
In the last chapter, John wrote about the two different types of tethers he and Phyllis use on "Morgan's Cloud". In this chapter he follows up with the details of how they build each type.