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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
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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
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Cash & Carry
Preserving Butter
Chilean Canals
Beeswax!
Powdered Eggs
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2002
Beware of White!
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Leftover Fillet
Extra Veggie Storage
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Clink prevention
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Assist Masthead Maintenance
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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
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Easier Screwing
Miracle Product

Swageless end fittings
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1999
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October 2004

For Those New To Fresh Oysters

With thousands and thousands of oysters laying there for the picking, I finally decided to solve the problem of opening them without breaking my favorite kitchen knife or cutting my hands. I lay a dozen Desolation Sound oysters on a baking tray, then put it in the grill (broiler) and turned up the heat. Took almost five minutes for the first oyster to begin loosing its grip. Then I learned something surprising. Though both of us like the flavor of fresh, iced juicy oysters, we found we liked them as well or slightly better warmed and dipped in a horseradish and lemon juice sauce. Trick to avoid over cooking these large, plump oysters, was to wait just until the oyster starts spitting liquid at the edges of the shell, then it is easy to slip a knife in, slide it along the flat half of the shell to cut away the muscle and lift the oyster free.

Sauce I like to make is simple -
½ cup tomato ketchup
Tsp. Lemon juice
Tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Sprinkling of garlic
2 tsp. Prepared horseradish
Dash of sugar

More On Cookware

My comments on the new stacking pots I bought for Taleisin brought several responses to our webmaster. One came from a company called Quality Boating Products who sell Rapid Chef Pots like mine, along with other galley ware at www.practicalsailingsolutions.com. I looked at their site and their price for the basic set of pots at $79.95 plus shipping is definitely better than I paid. I did get an extra Teflon coated frying pan with domed glass cover and an egg poaching kit and spare handle for my extra $80.00 and I did buy a set I am still delighted with. But two people wrote to say they were pleased with this company so I am not reluctant to pass on their site info.



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