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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 2002

Some Tips From Larry's Workshop
Keeping tools in good condition, yet handy makes boat maintenance far easier. You can see several ideas in this photo - the drawer that slides out from under Larry's work bench in the lazzarette, is simple to add to any boat. It is a steam table tray - stainless steel, bought at a restaurant supply house. Larry mists the tools in this tray and any in his toolboxes, with WD 40 when he quits using them. Keeps them in perfect order.

Then there is the hand drill he is using. Though we do carry an electric drill, Larry usually finds it quicker to use this two speed special for small jobs.

The small vise has been on board for 19 years now. It is a plain steel one that we have upgraded by removing the original turn handle and replacing that with a piece of bronze rode. Then we had the whole thing first copper plated, then chromed. Larry has made two sets of protectors, one from copper, one from plywood to keep the metal jaws from damaging his work.

(For more details on these and other workbench ideas, you can look in our book, Cost Conscious Cruiser, chapters 26 and 27.)

 
Travel Insurance for Cruisers

Our cruising plans this year could be taking us into US waters. The medical costs there have us a bit concerned, since prices for health care are almost triple those we would have to pay in the majority of countries we visit. Furthermore, though we don't feel much older than we did 30 years ago, we have to admit there is more chance of the need for emergency medical assistance as we mature. So we have been looking into various options, ranging from complete medical coverage for expats as mentioned in the previous cruising tips, to insurance in New Zealand and money set aside for emergency evacuation. Another option that has come up is Panteanius Travel Insurance designed not only for normal holidays but also for crew on extended offshore voyages, yacht races and sailing expeditions. This is not medical insurance - but does include cover for up to $7,500,000 for medical costs and repatriation expenses should you become ill or have an accident in a country other than your home country. (Home country is the place you have your bills sent). Also included is all of the normal travel insurance coverage, lost luggage, stolen cameras, stolen papers, and legal expenses after an accident. For those who have asthma, hypertension (High blood pressure) or diabetes, this could be worthwhile, as most medical plans do not cover these or charge a massive premium. But in correspondence with Panteanius we were told, unless any of these conditions required hospitalization in the past 12 months, medical incidents occurring while traveling, will be covered. Unlike most travel plans, they are willing to cover you for a year at a time, renewable each year, i.e. continuous coverage while voyaging. Cost is not cheap, £459.27 per year per person (about $720 US). Take a look yourself, at www.pantaenius.com

 
Variable Destination Navigation
A small tip for those who are headed off on their first voyage. When folks ask you what your plans are, make life easier for yourself by saying, we use variable Destination Navigation. That way you won't over stress yourself by having to stick to a self imposed schedule, nor disappoint anyone when weather delays, interesting side trips, money problems or family matters force you to choose a different route or schedule. Truth is, we have practiced variable destination navigation for the past 32 years and are sticking to it.


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