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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
Health Insurance
Electricians & Alloy
Affordable Security
Proper Sea-Cocks
Tips from Larry's Workshop
Travel Insurance
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
Boat Tie Shoes

Easier Screwing
Miracle Product

Swageless end fittings
Quick Hot Soup

1999
Night Vision Glasses
Marine Metal Detector
Kitchen Helpers
The "watch" watch


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June 2009

Limited Power of Attorney

Several years ago, we had to deliver a boat that had been caught up in a double murder in Mexico.  The husband had been murdered, the wife had flown home to recover and sort out her future. Unfortunately this was her second marrige and the boat was not registered jointly in her name. Nor was she signed on as Captain. Her husbands will stated, as many do, that she would inherit his possessions if she survived him for 180 days. That left the boat ownership in complete limbo. We had a really difficult time arranging for clearance so we could take possession of the boat and head to sea. (We discuss this in a lot more detail in the next edition of Capable Cruiser which should be available in December 2009). From that experience we learned we needed a document to cover either of us should a similar situation occur. We keep a current copy signed and witnessed and with a notary’s signature in our shipboard files. It is important to have this document both witnessed and notarized as in some parts of the USA two witnesses are required for any document which could be involved in the estate of a deceased person.

Limited Power of Attorney

I____________, owner of the vessel______________, registered in ___________registry number ____________, authorize _____________to act on my behalf and to make any decisions regarding the management and operation of this vessel if I am absent, incapacitated or, in the event of my death. These decisions include but are not limited to; applying for permission to leave or enter any port, to appoint another person as captain of this vessel, to arrange for shipment by land or sea, or to place this vessel in storage ashore or afloat. This power of attorney does not extend to encumbering this vessel with any debt beyond those implied by the actions above, nor to sale of said vessel.

Signed by ____________________
Passport Number _______________ Date Of Issue___________ Place of Issue ____
Date Power of Attorney is signed ____________________

Witnessed by _________________

Dated ___________________

Notarized by

Date of notary

Structural Adhesives for Boat Building

As many of you may already know, Lin and I have long been concerned with the over reliance on Epoxy as a wood adhesive, either for wooden boats or for wooden parts used on the exterior of glass boats.  The three pages from the 18 page appendix in my book, Details of Classic Boat Construction, which are shown here, give you just a brief introduction to my concerns. In it we show the research we did over a 20 year period and the conclusions we reached. Just a few weeks ago we received an email from an amateur boat builder in Finland who asked, “It has been a few years since you wrote that appendix, do you think epoxy adhesives have been improved since then? And where can you get the resorcinol adhesives you talk about?”

I did some research and can definitely say that nothing much has changed. Epoxy still would not be my choice for any structural member of a wooden boat, nor for any joints on deck which will not be heavily protected by paint or varnish. Furthermore, I have used resorcinol in conjunction with fiberglass cloth successfully (eight years of constant exposure to sun and rough sailing so far) and would consider using it instead of epoxy with unidirectional fiberglass cloth or S cloth if I wanted to sheath a wooden hull or to lay over a laminated deck or plywood deck.

Resorcinol is not as easy to find as epoxy, but here in New Zealand you can buy it at any Carters building supply store. In Canada it is available on line from www.aircraftspruce.com/canada.html. In the USA www.Chemical-Supermarket.com run by DGR Industrial Products, Livermore California 1-408-221-7122 can supply not only DAP brand resorcinol, but two others with slightly different cure rates and temperature tolerances, G-1131 and Aerodux 500 which sets to full strength in temperatures as low as 59 degrees farenheit.

Click to view IllustrationsClick here to view the excerpts from Details of Classic Boat Construction.

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