Month: April 2017

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Nelson may have overdone the celebrations a bit…. 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 …

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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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From the steering oars employed by the earliest sailing vessels rudders have evolved into the centrally mounted foils we see today. On a production boat you don’t usually have the option of specifying the rudder configuration – you get what you’re given – but the design of the rudder will certainly affect the suitability of …

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I always thought that “the whole nine yards” was an American expression related somehow to American football but it’s actually a nautical term: A typical square rigger would have three masts each with three yards. When all sail was set it would be maximising its full potential – to use an American expression – flying …

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