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2009
Keeping Costs in Control
Finding Your Boat in the Dark
Instrument Assisted Grounding
Limited Power of Attorney
Structural Adhesives for Boat Building
Lyle Hess Plans: Change of Address
Source for Bu-Ord parachutes for Para-anchor Usage
Writing and Cruising
Children and Cruising

2008
No Marina Shower
Pro-Active Insurance
Better Folding Water Jugs
Reinforced Tradewinds
Bilge Pump Outlet
Floating Plastic Waste
Mast Failure
Signing Off Before You Set Sail

2007
Ship's Library
Maintaining Varnished Surfaces
Have epoxy adhesives improved recently?
Series Drogues: Can They Work Like a Para-anchor?
Efficient Tool Drawers For Cruising Boats
Make Your Boat Unstoppable
Open Roadsteads
Storm Trysails
Lyle Hess Designs
What Does Cruising Cost?

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
Ventilation Assisting
Companionway Board

I hate systems!
Seacocks & Through Hull Fittings
Galley Sink Cutting Board
Fail-proof Turnbuckle Lock

Special provisions
Email Contact-Beware
Folding Lifeboat Note

2004
Plated Plugs
When Radar Doesn't Work

Perfect Cruisers Cookware
Removing Stains From Wood

Ships Medical Library
WARNING:Spectra Lines

New To Oysters
More on Cookware

Storage tips
A Space Conscious Knife Rack

Double Duty Locker Door
Washing Line

2003
Life Rafts
Medical Insurance
Cash & Carry
Preserving Butter
Chilean Canals
Beeswax!
Powdered Eggs
Save Your Fingers

2002
Beware of White!
Ice Buckets

Leftover Fillet
Extra Veggie Storage
Protect Your Lines

Clink prevention
Easier Shopping

Assist Masthead Maintenance
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Variable Destination Navigation

2001
Anti-prop stop reminders
Sail Covers
Shake down sail
The Port Stick

Poor Mans A/C
Stern Anchor Stowage
Spinnaker pole storage

Water in your fuel
Egg Carriers
European Duties

2000
Natural Sandpaper
Deoderize kerosene
Waterproof adhesive
Ready Crisp Bacon

Visas
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Easier Screwing
Miracle Product

Swageless end fittings
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1999
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May 2008

Better Folding Water Jugs

As most folks who sail and live on board at anchor learn,  clear or white plastic of any sort, tends to break down due to UV degradation faster than dark colored plastic. This is definitely the case with the folding water jugs we like to use on board Taleisin
The folding jugs have a lot of advantages over hard plastic ones. Not only are they less damaging to the boat, they conform to the shape of our bilges so we can use them to carry extra water for longer passages and they can be folded up and stored away when they aren’t in use. Unfortunately the only ones readily available in most marine and camping stores are clear plastic. By good fortunate, we came across black colored plastic ones when we were in a camping supply store several years back. They are not sold as water jugs, but as solar showers.  They have slightly stronger handle connections than the clear water jugs, but are otherwise exactly the same.  When our normal camp store supplier ran out of stock, we decided to contact the Canadian Company, Reliance Plastic Industries, which makes these. They sent us to the web and now we can order Solar showers easily from www.target.com. If we make sure the jugs aren’t resting against any sharp corners or bolts when we store them full of water in the bilge we can use them for four or five years of voyaging before they need replacing – and remember we use them to carry the vast majority of the water we use, from shore to the boat.


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