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2009
Keeping Costs in Control
Finding Your Boat in the Dark
Instrument Assisted Grounding
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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

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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!
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Leftover Fillet
Extra Veggie Storage
Protect Your Lines

Clink prevention
Easier Shopping

Assist Masthead Maintenance
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Tips from Larry's Workshop
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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
Night Vision Glasses
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September 2004

Ships Medical Library

I am often asked what books I carry for medical problems afloat. One of my favorites, Being Your Own Wilderness Doctor, from Stackpole Books, is no longer in print. But Your Offshore Doctor, a manual of medical self-sufficiency by Dr. Micheal H. Bielan is a close second.

Another book I find useful on board is the Merk Manual of Medical Information, Home Edition. It is written in every day language and has answered most of the questions I have had regarding health issues. The section on dehydration is well worth reading.


Warning About Spectra Line

At Pender Harbour, we had met Robert who spent a lot of years working as a rigger in the logging industry, going up huge trees to rig blocks and tackles, doing splicing and of course trusting his life to the knots he tied. He also has done a lot of sailing in these island filled waters. About three years ago he treated himself to all new line for his 33 foot Garden designed ketch and chose Spectra for its low stretch. Unfortunately he assumed all lines are much alike when he decided to go aloft to inspect his rigging. He tied his four-part gantline (block and tackle) to his new main halyard using a bowline with a five-inch tail, and then attached his bosun's chair per normal. After pulling himself aloft and working at the masthead for a while, he unhooked his safety line and began lowering himself when the bowline slipped and untied and let Robert, gantline and chair fall free. Fortunately he was able to slow his fall a bit by gripping the mast, but he hit the deck with one foot extended and shattered his ankle so badly that after two years the doctors found they had to amputate just above the ankle. Friends in the rigging business doubted his story of the king of knots letting go under load. But during his recover, Robert did some testing and found the slippery, cored design of Spectra did let this knot work loose, especially in a gantline situation where the load is alternately eased and tightened. Moral of the story, even with normal lines, it pays to tape the tail of a bowline if you are going aloft on a rope halyard. With slippery Spectra line I think his story would make me consider using a bowline backed by two hitches and then taped.

(One of the reasons we choose to stick with three strand Dacron for halyards is that whenever we want extra security we stick the end of the line through one of the lays of the standing part. This jams the tail in place. We use line from New England Ropes or Marlow pre-stretched Dacron on the main halyard of our boats since 1977 when we switched from wire halyards and found the stretch was not a significant problem.)



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