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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
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November 2000
Warning to anyone using swageless end fittings for wire rigging:

It has been brought to our attention that companies such as stay-lock recommend using silicone sealant as you assemble their end fittings. Other people recommend sealing regular swages with the same sealant to prevent ingress of salt water which can promote electrolysis and corrosion. Unfortunately, many brands of silicon sealant are not only incompatable with stainless steel but actually promote corrosion. They also promote corrosion of aluminum. Warning: do not use any silicon sealant on stainless steel or aluminum, use polyurethane based sealants instead.

Some technicians will say that you can use silicon sealants that do not have a vinegary smell safely - but why take the chance. Recommended sealants include: boat caulk, M 4200 or 3M 5200.


QUICK HOT SOUP FOR A CROWD

I had no idea who would be on board when we sailed Taleisin free of the boatshow. I just knew that our friends from Seraffyn had not had time to re-stock and would probably be cold and hungry after the buzz of setting sail into a fresh wind and blustery cold night. So I dug out an old cruisers special and in less than 20 minutes had a big pot of soup for 10 ready on board Taleisin. The secret? Instant cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup, you know, the packets you pour in a cup then cover with boiling water.

Recipe:
In a big soup pot saute
2 diced onions
3 big cloves of elephant garlic or lots of regular garlic
as many sliced mushrooms as you have
a tsp sweet basil

Add chopped pieces of chicken breast or any chicken you may have plus small pieces of chopped garlic sausage and saute to taste. Add one packet of soup mix per person. Bring a kettle of water to the boil and add slowly stirring until soup is good and thick. Boil for about a minute and add salt and pepper to taste.

I heated lots of rolls in the oven, put out a spread of the cheeses Wayne and Norma brought from Seraffyn and we all warmed up and reminisced about the fun of sharing the previous week with so many keen sailors.


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