Month: October 2015

Apparent wind

Apparent wind is not what you may suffer after too many apparent sprouts with your Christmas dinner this week. The apparent wind of which I speak and have spoken of in the past is an important aspect of sailing that needs to be fully grasped. The concept of apparent wind is largely unknown to non-sailors …

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Heavy lifting

Ships have derricks to hoist cargo aboard and our cruising boats can certainly benefit from a similar convenience. We need to hoist provisions aboard, the outboard motor, bulky sail bags and countless other heavy and awkward loads. On sailing boats you have a ready made derrick in the form of your boom. It’s a good …

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Bank effect

No, I don’t mean the destruction of the economy by irresponsible banking behaviour; I mean the interaction between the banks of a waterway and a vessel travelling through it A vessel moving close to the bank of a river or a canal will find the stern tends to move towards the bank. This effect is …

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Bargain boat bits

Salty John, our retail store, accumulates shelf-fulls of discontinued, redundant and surplus boating products. We usually dispose of this stuff on eBay or flog it in case lots to other chandlers. Now we’ve decided to offer it first to our customers and blog readers – that’s you. It’s all good, unused equipment at very, very …

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Selecting a VHF radio

Here’s a link to an informative article on choosing a VHF radio. It’s by my favourite radio company, Icom, but is by no means Icom oriented, the advice applies to selecting any VHF radio.  http://www.icomuk.co.uk/Choosing-a-VHF-Marine-radio Once you’ve selected your radio you’ll need a top quality antenna and cable to extract its full potential. A Metz …

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