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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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January 2005

Email contact - Be aware, the folks you scare could be your own.

Just because it is possible, and far less expensive than telephone connections, many cruisers now have arranged to receive and send email from on board as they voyage.
A reason given for spending the money and time to set this up is, "I can be in constant contact with my parents and they won't be so worried about this life we've chosen." Sounds good, but a note from Lorraine and Bert Bramble who cruised from New Jersey to Horta this year on board Twist of Fate points out a problem we have seen before with ham radio's. They write "With on board e-mail, family become dependant on daily position reports. Unfortunately corrosion and poor propagation can interfere with transmission, which happened to us. When we got to Horta, we found out there was a boat-watch out for us. Our family reported us missing after three days of no reports."

An interesting note on this subject, We were mistakenly reported as missing many years ago in the Bay of Bengal, after a massive Cyclone passed just to the north of our route from Sri Lanka to Malaysia. We were contentedly cruising through the Langkawi islands for over six weeks while friends and family in the US, Canada and UK read reports of searches under way for us and six other sailors. But one friend in Britain, Leslie Dyball, who had raced around Britain with Larry, remembered that we did our banking with a branch near him. He contacted the bank, showed them the story in the papers and asked if we had withdrawn any funds in the previous few weeks. They told him only that "yes, there has been action on the account originating in Malaysia." Wish Leslie had thought to contact my Mom in California. (We wrote about this incident in Seraffyn's Oriental Adventure, definitely an amazing time in our sailing lives).


Note on folding lifeboat, sailing dinghies

In January 2003 cruising tips we wrote about Steve Callahan's folding lifeboat. A lot of you contacted him for more information. He has written to say that he has some folks who want to start up a company and build the new and improved version - we urge anyone interested to send him a note encouraging this idea. We think it is one whose time has come. But he actually wrote more because the U.S. Patent office warned him that people should be notified that he holds two patents on the folding system for these clever boats.
>>See the Cruising Tip on Steve's Folding Lifeboat


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