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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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November 2002

Affordable security device

 Mark and Dot, the crew of Dirty Dot, an American 40 footer, dropped in to visit here at Kawau Island. When we were on board sharing a fine steak dinner they showed us a simple alarm they use to feel more secure at night. It is a battery powered Motion Sensor Alarm from radio Shack model 49-425. It cost $24.99 and can be set either to chime or blare out an alarm sound. They set it out in their cockpit when they are in an unfamiliar anchorage. Only disadvantage is that the rising sun can set it off as easily as an intruder. During their two years of voyaging through the Pacific they have never had anyone come on board unexpectedly, but feel this is an affordable precaution to carry on board

 
Proper sea-cocks
One of the jobs we have done at Mickey Mouse Marine this season, was to install a new marine toilet in a clients boat. We inspected the sea-cock and found it was, like many that are being used today, not connected in any way to the hull, with only the threaded portion of the thru-hull fitting connecting it to the boat. It was a sort of fortunate/unfortunate story. Unfortunately electrolysis had gotten to the thru-hull and it crumbled as we tightened the hose clamps because it was the only thing securing the sea-cock to the hull, if we pulled on the sea-cock handle to close it, that too would have broken loose. Fortunately the boat was dried out on our tidal grid and we could fix the situation before water poured in. But it reminded us again that this type of arrangement is potentially disastrous. Not only can electrolysis cause a failure, but a good whack from shifting gear could snap this connection. Check your sea-cocks to make sure they are bolted to the hull in such a way that should the thru hull fitting fail; you can still close the valve and keep water out. A very good and affordable proper sea-cock is made by Groco in the US.


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