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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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October 2003

Beeswax, couldn't sail without it!

During the fast run from Chile to the Marquesas we carried our big jib wing and wing with the mainsail for days at a time. The seas were big and the motioncaused the jib sheet to squeal, where it ran through the sheet blocks and also rubbed against one stanchion. Solution - Larry's ever-handy lump of beeswax. He rubbed the wax against both the line and the stanchion. Instant silence. Only had to repeat the procedure once every three days.

We also use beeswax, which is available at almost any chandlery, for lubricating the sail track, the spinnaker pole up haul track and the mainsail outhaul track. To keep sail repair twine from twisting or knotting while we work, we beeswax the thread. In fact any time we are using thread or twine we rub it across the lump of beeswax. It makes the thread work so much easier that I often use it when I am mending clothes or re-stitching buttons.

Final use, according to a dentist friend, beeswax substitutes for temporary cavity filler should you loose a filling at sea.


Powdered eggs, definitely worth having on board.

Just before leaving Virginia I added something new to my food lockers - powdered eggs that we purchased at a camping supply house. By adding a bit of extra milk powder, plus the recommended amount of water, we had scrambled eggs even when we ran low on eggs. Better yet, I enjoyed the ease of use when I baked fresh cookies or cakes at sea since I decanted each package (equivalent to 12 eggs) into a spare jar and just had to spoon the dry powder in to the other dry ingredients, then add the extra water later when I was ready to mix everything together

Though I found no shop life listed on the packaging, I tested one of the spares I still have after two years and 22,000 miles of sailing and found no deterioration. I did keep the packages sealed in zip lock bags and stored them in a dark cool place below the waterline.


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