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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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September 2001
Poor mans' air conditioning
It was a simple fisherman who taught is this trick. Hot day, not enough wind, even in the shade it feels like 110 degrees. How do you stay comfortable even when shade doesn't seem to give any relief? Simple, put on a loose, long-sleeved tee shirt, poor salt water over yourself, or if you have sufficient fresh water on board, use that, presto, a major drop in body temp and a major improvement in comfort.

Stern anchor stowage

We cannot over-emphasize the important of having a stern anchor readily available as you cruise. You can use it to slow your boat down if you have to run into a down wind slip and you aren't sure your engine has sufficient power to counter the 35 knot winds. You can use it to kedge off quickly should you run aground. Better yet, with the stern anchor readily available, you won't hesitate to use it to align your boat more comfortably to the swell. If you happen to have a boomkin, here is a solution that has proven almost perfect on Taleisin. The anchor rode is left permanently attached and leads directly to our cockpit winch. We store 250 feet of ˝ inch line in the cockpit locker, ready to go at all times. If you do not have a boomkin, be sure to add a fairlead at your stern rail for an anchor rode. It could some day prove essential to your boats security.

Spinnaker pole storage

When Larry put a track up the front of our mast, and set the spinnaker/whisker pole on an endless line to make it an instant pole (you can see this in Capable Cruiser), he came up with this simple way to secure the lower end and keep it clear of the deck. He removed the clevis pin from the foreward lower turn buckle on each side of the boat and replaced it with an appropriately sized eyebolt. You can just see the split pin on the outboard side of the wire eye-splice which retains the dual purpose pin. This set up has worked perfectly for l8 years. With a retaining spot on either side of the boat, I can stow the pole easily when I take it down, no matter what tack we happen to be on.

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