Month: February 2017

The Mooringmate

We kept a boat on Lake Windermere for a couple of years and had to develop a technique for picking up our swinging mooring on a regular basis. The usual technique is to go forward with a boathook, grab the ring on the mooring, or the pick-up buoy, and then attach a line. Some single …

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Dinghy bailer

I once bought a proprietary dinghy bailer, a blue plastic one. I lost it almost immediately. When its replacement also went walkabout I made my own from a milk carton; it lasted for four years. I’ve made several since. Bailers are easy to make, definitely not rocket science, as you can see from the picture.  I prefer …

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Running aground.

A few years ago I wrote an article on techniques for handling running aground. It’s on the Salty John website, but here are the conclusions: 1. Recognize that you are aground as soon as possible and stop forward motion.  2. If motoring, go into reverse immediately. If sailing, get the sails down, check for lines …

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Cable connections

If you want to take your antenna cable through a bulkhead, or cabin top, or deck for that matter, one choice is the PL363 connector with two PL259 plugs. The one in the picture is a 1.75” connector fitted with two large stainless nuts. These connectors come as standard with rather narrow-walled nuts, quite useless, …

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The Handy-Billy

On small to midsize boats the mainsail control systems are commonly four part (4:1) purchases. The boom vang, the backstay adjuster and the mainsheet can be controlled by this arrangement of two double blocks – either standard blocks or fiddle blocks.  You can tell a four part purchase because the loaded block – the one that …

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