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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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August 2001
Shake Down Sail

It was all Joanne Daums fault. Larry promised to take her sailing on Taleisin if she graduated summa cum laud. She did. But, I was in the middle of provisioning, Larry was trying to get the last ten items off the pre-departure re-fit list. We wanted to be underway within six days. But a promise is a promise. So we spent most of Saturday cleaning up the mess we'd made, storing gear so Taleisin could safely sail out of the river for the afternoon. On Sunday Joanne and Wayne plus three other friends arrived laden with great lunch goodies and we set off for a fine sail in 15 knot winds. Sure glad we did. As we were tacking and gybing, handling gear in a real sailing situation, both Larry and I found ourselves calling "remember to add nylon webbing to the shopping lists" or "the winch needs greasing, add it to the list" or "that bottle needs to be stored in a different place" or "cross this off your list, I found a spare can hidden under this sailbag."

Once again we were reminded, in the rush of preparing for a voyage it is easy to forget to stop and go sailing. Then when you finally do set off, you learn too late that you have forgotten just the things that could have made your actual voyage trouble free or more enjoyable, or you find a modification you made does not work as planned. Our rule in the past has been - two weeks work on the boat, then clean it all up and go sailing to see if what you've been working on actually works well. Joanne's special sail reminded us to re-instate that rule into our voyaging life. Thanks Jo.


The Port Stick
I am sure there is a real salty name for this handy stick. But whatever it should be called, it sure is handy if you have strong hawse holes or fairleads amidships, ones capable of taking a pretty hefty fore and aft load. Instead of having two spring lines lead to cleats on deck (and blocking traffic along the way) we create double fore and aft spring lines using one 60 foot dockline. We find the middle of the line then put a clove hitch around this 1-1/4 inch thick by 9 inch long piece of teak. This gives us two 30 foot springs. When not in use this stick is stored in the logical place, the port cockpit locker.


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