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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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July 2000
VISAS

For those of you planning to sail to countries where entry visas are required, here is a tip we learned the hard way. Many countries such as Brazil and the USA require that you have your visa issued before you arrive. To do this means applying before you set sail from a country with easy communications access. But, the visa usually comes with a proviso that it must be used within a certain time or it becomes invalid. Ours for Brazil had to be used within 90 days. Since we were delayed in our departure from Africa that left us only 35 days to cross the Atlantic before we lost the visa usage. Fortunately we were able to explain this to the Brazilian Consulate in Pretoria and they reissued an extended visa. Not so easy for our friends Niki and Jamie who applied for a visa to visit the USA before they departed from the UK. By the time they arrived in the US their one-year visa had only 40 days to run. They were able to get it extended by 6 months after a bit of hassle but suggested others apply for US Visas when they arrived in the Caribbean, just a few months before their intended visit to the states. According to Niki, she would get the application in the UK so she knew what papers to assemble, then actually send it in just a few months before she needed it.


BOAT SHOE TIES

No, you are not the only one who has trouble keeping your leather boat shoe ties tied. I tried all the suggested knots and still found myself tripping over a loose end. Final solution, basic, but successful. Drop a blob of contact cement on the knot before you tie the loops.


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