Projects

Eco-friendly Antifouling

by Adam Cort, Posted April 17, 2014
Find the eco-friendly antifoul to best repel shells, slime and critters from attaching themselves to the hull. We'll give the pros and cons to help you choose which one will work best for your boat.

Hand–Tailored Sail Repair

by Rudy and Jill Sechez, Posted April 9, 2014
Seamanship: “All of the arts and skills of boathandling, ranging from maintenance and repairs, to piloting, sail handling, marlinspike work, rigging and all aspects of boat operation.”
Is your boat set to launch? It’s all too easy to overlook things in the spring rush. This checklist should jog your memory.
Along with a watertight hull and robust steering gear, there’s a third prerequisite for seaworthy sailboats: strong standing rigging. Before the round-Atlantic voyage we’re now partway through, I worked hard to ensure our Valiant 40 Moon River was up to speed in the first two departments.

DIY Bowsprit

by Jim Vernon, Posted January 31, 2014
I’d always dreamed of using a spinnaker to propel our Tartan 31, Solace, along on a light-air summer’s day, but the thought of wrestling with an unruly kite (prior to running it over, of course!) was never appealing. Then one day I read about the benefits of rope-luff sails and their ease of handling in the January 2012 issue of SAIL magazine and decided, “I can do this!”

What to Know About Varnishing in Winter

by John Arrufat, Posted January 7, 2014
As a Christmas gift to myself, I asked Hans, my Norwegian cabinet-maker friend, to build some new upgrades for my old and beloved 1968 Venture 21. These included drop boards for the companionway, a bulkhead liner for the V-berth and a mounting board for a bilge pump, all of which he delivered on time to my dock in Olympia, Washington, rough-sanded and ready.
Problem: how do you install an inboard autopilot on a boat with such cramped hindquarters that finding somewhere to put a drive unit is next to impossible?

Give your Running Gear an Upgrade

by Gene Smith, Posted January 3, 2014
We had no inkling that there was a problem with the running gear on our Pearson 323, Alma, until the diver we hired to clean her bottom told me the propeller was binding. Time for a haul-out!
Splicing three-strand rope is a fairly straightforward process and a useful skill. Splicing joins together two ropes of equal diameter and does not weaken the rope to the same extent that tying a knot does. 
There’s no longer any reason to rely on frozen water to cool your food and beverages 
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