I was looking up at the masthead from the deck trying to see how the main halyard and the mainsail’s headboard were interacting and how the upper swivel for the jib furler was aligned. I took my 7x50 binoculars but I was still unable to get the close-up view I wanted. Then, in a eureka moment, I pulled out my digital camera, with its zoom capability, and put its lens to one of the binocular’s eyepieces. The result, call it a system coupling, was exactly what I was looking for. Not only did I get a very close look at my masthead, I also got a photographic record for future reference. (The white stick on the top of the headboard is a 12-inch ruler I temporarily clamped there for a dimensional reference.) This “two-fer” viewing method can be used in many situations to provide important visual information about what’s going on aloft without your having to get out the bosun’s chair.
How to: The Right Electric Windlass for Your Boat
Every sailor appreciates a little mechanical assistance up at the bow. At the same time, whether you’re upgrading the boat with a new windlass or speccing a new boat, it’s an expensive decision that you need to get right the first time.The first and often most baffling question ...read more