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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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December 2001
Avoid water in your fuel tanks
Duncan Sweet, owner of Mid-Atlantic Yacht Services, is the man who fixes problems among the 1100 cruising yachts that call at Horta each season. When we asked him for any simple solutions that could keep people from needing his help he had this to say - "This year about 120 boats had engine problems that I traced right back to salt water in their fuel tanks. Skipper of a big charter boat had a simple solution. He buys a few dozen o-rings for pennies each. Every time he refuels, he throws away the old o-ring from under his fuel deck plate, puts in a new one and seats it in silicon before screwing the plate back in. Never leaks. I found most of the boats with fuel problems had defective o-rings." Thanks Duncan.


Egg Carriers for Cruising
Lin and her Egg Carrier in Action
Once you leave the US, you will find the farm fresh eggs you need for ocean voyaging are often sold loose. So, it pays to keep any good Styrofoam cartons you can for storage when you re-provision. I also have this plastic egg carrier which I use. You can find one easily once you get to your first non-US port of call. We still find that buying farm fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated, then turning the eggs over every second day keeps them fresh for up to two months. But, if you are leaving from a port where water temperatures are less than 60 degrees the eggs will, in effect, have been refrigerator and will go bad within a week once the temperature in the boat goes above 75 degrees. (More on this in our book, Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew.)


Warning for those headed toward the European Union Countries
As of July 1st, 200l voyagers on foreign yachts can no longer import spares or gear duty free by labelling them as for a "yacht in transit." The duty free status only applies if the vessel is registered as a commercial enterprise. Therefore be sure to carry all the spares you think you may need. The duty can be very high. On engine parts duty runs 35% then you must pay VAT (user tax) of l2 to l7% on the total cost of parts, freight and duty.


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