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Lyle Hess Plans: Change of Address
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2008
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Signing Off Before You Set Sail

2007
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Series Drogues: Can They Work Like a Para-anchor?
Efficient Tool Drawers For Cruising Boats
Make Your Boat Unstoppable
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2006
Navigation Warning
Quick Fix in Island Studded Waters
Things I've learned at sea
Winterizing Varnished Timber
Para-Anchor Source
Sea Boots
Preventing Rigging Failures at Sea
What about holding tanks?

2005
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Companionway Board

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2004
Plated Plugs
When Radar Doesn't Work

Perfect Cruisers Cookware
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2003
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2002
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2001
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Poor Mans A/C
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Water in your fuel
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2000
Natural Sandpaper
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1999
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August 2006

Winterizing Varnished Timber

Over the years we have perfected a way of leaving Taleisin so we return to find her exterior varnish just the way we left it. This has let us enjoy going on inland excursions such as we did for seven months in Southern Africa, or for when we try to find endless summer by leaving her in the Pacific Northwest while we return for the southern hemisphere in New Zealand.

First we make sure the varnish on her hatches, boomkin, bowsprit and transom and spars are all in good condition. We touch up any places where the varnish is broken (see Cost Conscious Cruiser for more on how we take much of the hard work out of varnishing). Then we use a boom tent to cover the hatches and cabinsides. For the boomkin, bowsprit and around the forehatch where it would be difficult to have a canvas cover that did not chafe the varnish, we have found carpet, with a soft pile works wonders. We can usually get a piece of second hand carpet from a local supplier. We secure it in place, pile side against the varnish work, using weather resistant masking tape, or in the case of the transom, nylon line secured through holes in the carpet and to convenient metal fittings on deck. When the carpet comes off, the varnish is just as we left it.

 


This is how we left Taleisin for seven months of Puget sound winter.


The carpet is secured, pile side against the varnish work.

The varnish is in like-new condition.

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