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Leashed

by David Schmidt, Posted December 4, 2008
Leashed. Spinlock has been stepping up their already-deep line of safety products, first with their award-winning Deckvest, and now with their ORC-legal Connect Range tethers. The two-clip tether that I tested relies on a girth hitch, rather than a metal clip, to affix it to a PFD’s hard point (Spinlock recommends also carrying a knife, should a user need to escape her tether).
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Boatworks

Fittings out

by Don Casey, Posted December 4, 2008
Mike Hatch, of Trinidad, West Indies, asks:

"My 36-year-old Pearson 390 has bronze through-hull fittings, which are starting to have a lot of surface corrosion. What’s the best way to keep them clean and bright?"

Don Casey replies:

Normally bronze seacocks and through-hulls turn green because the valves are weeping. If this is the case, you


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Boatworks

Oil and Water

by Nigel Calder, Posted December 3, 2008
Ralph Halstead of Marmet, West Virginia, asks:

"My Perkins 4-236 is a great engine and has an external cooling system. Recently I’ve noticed some drops of water on the dipstick after use. What do you think might be causing this condition?"

Nigel Calder replies:

It could be a number of things. I would first check whether water is siphoning in


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Boatworks

Somewhere Over There

by Gordon West, Posted December 3, 2008
Bernard Hall of San Diego, California, asks:

"This past summer I routinely heard U.S. Coast Guard VHF transmissions made from hundreds of miles away. Is there something peculiar about my VHF installation, or is the reception the result of something else?"

Gordon West replies:

It’s clear that your installation was done very well, but chances are


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Sails

Rake and bag

by Win Fowler, Posted December 3, 2008

Pat Connolly, of Chatham, Massachusetts, asks:

 

"My 23-foot sloop has weather helm. I replaced the hanked-on jib with a furling headsail, but after the furler was installed I had to tighten the backstay to get the sag out of the furling system even though the new forestay was cut to the same length as the old one. The owner’s manual says there should be a mast rake of about


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