Month: March 2017

Maloderous Heads

You know that fetid stench you get below decks when you return to your boat after a few days away? It is, more often than not, down to the sea toilet. Most marine toilets are flushed with raw water from sea, lake or river. This flushing water contains living organisms and it’s the demise of …

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Sailing Magazines

I read a lot of sailing magazines and have done since I was a lad. Practical Boat Owner was my first love for its practical (the clues in the name) approach to boating. A little later I switched my attention to Yachting Monthly which at the time had the most wonderful textured cover with beautiful …

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Sailing habits

As you spend more and more time on a boat you develop habits. Things like being aware of where your head is in relation to the boom; using one hand for the boat, one for yourself; knowing where the wind is, where the shallow water is, where the rocks lie. Things like taking the winch …

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Rig tension

Having the correct rig tension is important because a loose rig can impart shock loads to shrouds and chainplates as the mast flops from side to side; a too tight rig can cause structural damage. A well tuned rig will have equally tensioned shrouds so that the boat will perform well on both tacks, the …

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