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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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June 2005

Galley Sink cutting board

Larry created a lovely cutting board to fit into my galley sink, solid hardwood, with stainless rod supports. It works wonderfully, giving me extra working space, acting as a serving board for nibbles at cocktail time, hiding the dirty dishes, but it is relatively heavy and not everyone owns their own boat builder or has access to a woodworking shop, and some folks are not comfortable using a chopping knife on a lovely piece of wood. A very good alternative that is not only affordable but adjustable to fit snuggly into most the smaller sized sinks used in boat galleys is one we found in a RV supply store. The Sink Mate cutting board is made by CAMCO mfg. 800-334-2004 or www.camco.net and costs about $34.95 at places like Camping World.

A fail proof Turnbuckle Lock

Cotter pins, wire locking rings used to secure turnbuckles, they always seem to snag sheets and mooring lines. The usual solution is to wrap tape around them. After a few weeks of sailing the tape becomes frayed and rough looking. Removing the pins is often a difficult proposition so people often decide not to adjust the turnbuckles. Larry came up with a more user friendly, easier to remove solution. He used a tap to cut a thread into the pinhole. (If you are clever, you can use a reversing variable speed electric drill to do the tapping) He then used ½ inch long round head stainless steel bolts, which thread in and lock in place. This keeps the turnbuckle from loosening off, makes adjusting a one-tool job, looks very tidy and is snag proof.




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