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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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May 2000
Deodorize Your Kerosene

I learned a trick that can save you money and make using your onboard oil lamps more pleasant. Just add one ounce of rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) to each gallon of wick test quality kerosene for cleaner burning and less aroma. No need to measure exactly, in fact a bit more is better than a bit less. We suggested this to Wayne and Norma Daum, friends who live near Galesville MD and they used it for the big kerosene-burning heater in their enclosed porch last winter. Said it was absolutely amazing.


New source for affordable, extreme exposure waterproof adhesive

As many of you may already know, we have tried to encourage people who work with wood, either boatbuilding or just adding new hatches and woodwork to glass, steel or woodenboats, to be cautious in their choice of adhesives. Unfortunately, when we suggested using long-lasting, gap filling low 50° temperature resorcinol's instead of epoxies which even the manufactures admit have short lives, are heat sensitive and present major health risks, the inevitable answer was - but where can we find the easy to use resorcinol's? Finally, there is someone from the big end of this adhesives world, guys who work with industrial strength adhesives who have now become interested in us smaller boatbuilders. Give Jeff Pitcher at Custom Pak Adhesives a call at 1-800-454-4583, fax him at 740-763-2888, write to 11047 Lams Lane, Newark, Ohio 43055, or visit their website www.custompak.com. They carry Aerodux 500 as reviewed in Woodenboat, November 1998. It is surprisingly cheap considering it is imported from the UK. At $70 a gallon (2 gallon kit), it beats the price of any epoxy on the market.


A great addition to your cruising larder

Found something that we definitely plan to keep on board to spice up passage making menus - Ready Crisp Premium Cut Bacon. It is fully cooked and vacuum packed so keeps for up to two years without refrigeration. Each pack contains 20 strips. Don't have much fat left on them and with about 20 seconds of heating taste really good. Though not as perfect as fresh cooked bacon, I found them tasty additions to sandwiches and in Spanish rice. You might find them in the refrigerator compartment at the supermarket or contact SHK, Madison WI 53725.


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