Month: June 2015

Lightning protection

Thunder and lightning season approaches – are you ready for it? The Met Office tells us: Thunderstorms develop when the atmosphere is unstable – when warm air exists underneath much colder air. As the warm air rises it cools and condenses forming small droplets of water vapour. If there is enough instability in the air, …

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Lightning at sea

Lightning at sea is a scary thing. When the lightning bolts are fizzing down around you is probably not the best time to start speculating on the efficacy of your lightning protection measures, so give it some thought before you find yourself in that situation. Let me say, first of all, that my boat has …

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Spirit of adventure

A young Canadian, David Welsford, fixes up a 28’ wooden sloop and heads for the Caribbean. This short video perfectly captures the spirit of adventure and self sufficiency that fuels such an undertaking: vimeo.com/94842405 

The sailmaker’s art

Dylan Winter, he of Keep Turning Left fame, filmed the making of his new sail by Jeckells of Wroxham. I found it interesting; I hope you do, too. Jeckells has been a sailmaker since 1831 so you get a lot of accumulated skill and knowledge when you entrust your sail making to their hands.

Running rigging

Halyards, sheets, guys and other control lines are the boats sinews, they transfer the load from the muscles to the site of the work. They hoist and trim the sails that move the boat.   There are two basic construction methods for boat line – three-strand and braided. Three-strand is used for docking and anchor …

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Hammocks

It’s the longest day of the year. Summer. It’s cold, windy and wet. So, my mind turns to hammocks. A hammock on a tropical beach, perhaps, or a hammock on a boat that’s anchored off a tropical beach. Slung between the mast and the forestay. That’s how we did it on Adriana. I find the …

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Hammocks

It’s the longest day of the year. Summer. It’s cold, windy and wet. So, my mind turns to hammocks. A hammock on a tropical beach, perhaps, or a hammock on a boat that’s anchored off a tropical beach. Slung between the mast and the forestay. That’s how we did it on Adriana. I find the …

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