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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • 83. Top Tips Tuesday - As The Nights Draw In - Flood It LED Floodlight

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    How time flies! Last week, and it seems such a long time ago, I was sailing in shorts and t-shirt and thinking life cannot get much better. Now, I’m back in the UK and by the time I had finished last nights evening meal it was almost dark. With the light fading so quickly and with so much to be done before the onset of winter, why not treat yourself to a FLOOD-IT PRO LED floodlight. It’s the original cordless rechargeable work light, its ultra tough design is IP65 water resistant with a 120° beam angle for lighting, it will illuminate up to 30mtrs and has a battery life of 4 hours. It’s great for use on the boat or in the boatyard. If however, you want double the output (20watt as against 10) the Flood-It-Prime is the one to go for.

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    We have been using a Flood-it Pro all this summer to provide illumination in a variety of situations on boats, engine compartments, lazarettes, illuminating the inside of a mast and it certainly is a great bit of kit. It could also be used as a spotlight in say a man overboard situation or spotting mooring buoys in an estuary.

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  • 82. Top Tips Tuesday - Spaghetti Junction - Shore Power Splitters & Shurhold Dual Action Polisher

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    Sheltering from the afternoon sun at Spartakhori (Port Spiglia) in the Ionian, it's hard to imagine that in a couple of days it will be back to the grind in the UK. No doubt some skippers will be making plans to lift out, some may have already done so, others will no doubt leave till later in the hope that the autumn weather will give some quality time on the water. Seeing the way that power is distributed to the boats on the Greek quayside reminded me that it's worth investing in a 'splitter' should you wish to have 240 power for onboard and ground level consumption too.

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    Before you finally lay up your boat for the close season you should of course give her a thorough wash down then rinse with fresh water and at the very least polish the top sides to help protect and maintain the shine, it also makes it easier to clean down next spring. To ease your task Shurhold's dual action polisher isn’t the cheapest but it has a unique random action orbit for a professional shine and leaves no swirls or burn marks. For safety's sake it has a built in RCD trip should you happen to be a little careless!

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  • 81. Top Tips Tuesday - The Need For Speed (And A Good Grip On The Wheel) - Leather Steering Wheel Cover Kit

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    Half way through a two week cruise on our good friends' Oyster ketch, I was so chilled that another Top Tips Tuesday was the last thing on my mind as we broad reached at 6-7 knots with five sails drawing, main, mizzen, yankee, staysail and mizzen staysail. With three retired International 14 helms on board whilst we like to cruise, once a 'target' is selected, sail selection and trimming becomes extremely important and hopefully we will then overhaul them!  Steering Nimrod this year is a joy as earlier Anita had brought out a leather steering wheel cover kit and recovered the wheel. It took her a tad under five hours including planning, the result speaks for itself! Yes I know Christmas is over 14 weeks away but maybe the leather steering wheel cover kit, available in two colours, is worth putting on your wishlist?

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  • 80. Top Tips Tuesday - A Faithful Friend At Less Than Half The Price

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    February the 14th 2014 I blogged about my amazing long suffering Musto Gortex mid layer jacket and salopettes that had given me awesome sterling service over a great number of years. Well the bad news is that they are changing the lining and apparently, according to my business partner Andy, improving on perfection! The good news is that we have managed to secure a quantity of the 'old style' salopettes and are selling them off at 1/2 their recommended retail price, now only £149.95! As can be seen from the image below, Andy wears them with confidence knowing that they will keep him warm and dry and should the weather turn nasty, heaven forbid that happening in the North East, they are perfect under foulies. As for me if its climbing a mast in the glorious North East weather, walking the dog on Tynemouth beach or wearing them continuously for three nights whilst being chased by hurricane Bertha across the North Sea last year they have never let me down! The originals were red, they went to grey many years ago, maybe it's time both Andy and I went from a faded pink to grey!

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  • 79. Top Tips Tuesday - Lest We Forget - Maintenance Logbook

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    Yup it’s the 1st day of September and for us Northern Folks summer is almost over, in a couple of weeks, if not earlier, there will be a nip in the air and of course the nights are drawing in fast, so whilst it’s still fresh in your mind why not put pen to paper and start listing (if you haven’t already done so) those maintenance jobs that you possibly forgot to do last fit out, but have now become a priority this time round! If like me you need a bit of discipline in your life and no I am not talking about my missus Jenny, why not invest in  that excellent Weems & Plath ‘The Maintenance Log’. Being spiral bound it can be opened flat and apart from a page devoted to the specification of the boat, there is a spare parts list, maintenance record, repair record, drawing pages in fact its 80 pages of critical maintenance information!

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    Whilst we are on the subject of ‘coming to the end of the season’ with shorter days and an awful lot less sun, damp and windless days don’t forget there is an easy and cost effective way to stop the spread of green mould on your pride and joy, you can protect your lines, covers, decks etc and it entails NO yes NO hard work, Wet & Forget is a brilliant product that does what it says, when diluted in a ratio of 5:1 and sprayed on any surface it will prevent the growth of green mould on all substrates and if you already have mould present it will dissolve it. A bonus to this wonderful product is that you can also use it round the exterior of the house so it can be paid for out of the household budget!

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    Next Monday Jenny and I fly out to Corfu to join our good friends on Nimrod Of Tyne for a couple of weeks of rest and recreation sailing in the Ionian, should there be no Top Tips Tuesday for three weeks you know the reason(s) why, could be a combination of too much sun, too much Ouzo/Retsina, or maybe a lack of WIFI!

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