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  • 140. Top Tips Tuesday - Plan Ahead with Chart Art

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    Its not often that I ‘do a hard sell’ in my regular Top Tips Tuesday blog but pressure from above has forced my hand this week! If you’re a bloke (and like me) you probably leave, dare I say it, your Christmas shopping till the last moment then find that the gift you particularly wanted to give has a long lead time with delivery now into the New Year, why not consider ordering TODAY one of Annika Tomlinson’s superb Chart Art prints, a genuine Admiralty chart printed on canvas and mounted on artist grade stretcher bars. These are great for hanging on the wall of the family home, office (as can be seen from the below image we have one hanging in our operational headquarters of the ‘other’ Andy’s favourite cruising ground the West Coast of Scotland) or given to that faithful crew member who, come torrential rain, howling blizzard or occasionally sunshine can always be relied on to turn out and prep the underwater surfaces of your boat ready for the first coat of antifoul.

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    The beauty of Chart Art is that it can be ‘customised’ such as showing only say a favourite anchorage such as Tinkers Hole on Mull or locally the Kettle in the Farne Isles, or the route of last year’s summer cruise, photos can be added of say your boat, your crew or the maybe the pub you rowed ashore to and had that rather raucous evening! Sadly like all things special there is an extra charge for customising but as can be seen from the example below well worth the extra cost incurred!

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    A review from another order reads:

    Andy, Just a quick email to say that I hadn’t opened the chart (I simply wrapped it and delivered it to my cousin for his birthday present) – it was absolutely brilliant – a superb job done by the guy who stitched 5 charts together. Thank you so much!

    If your budget cannot stretch to Chart Art (prices start as low as £109.95 and that includes free UK delivery worth £10-00!) why not purchase an UNFOLDED Admiralty chart of a favourite cruising ground at only £36.60, customers to whom we have supplied a chart in this format have had them framed (suggest non reflective glass), pinned to a wall and on a couple of instances wallpaper paste has been used to stick them to the wall of a sailing club bar! The Chart Art printing process uses technologically advanced 12 colour UV ink printed onto the finest 100% Cotton artists canvas, which is sourced from some of the biggest international art suppliers. Museum Quality Artists Stretcher Bars are made of the finest quality European kiln dried knotless pine, which has the advantage of being extremely hard wearing and not susceptible to warping that cheaper woods are prone to. Each bar features a rounded back edge which is designed to ensure that the canvas is always kept a full 1⁄2" (13mm) above the stretcher bar to ensure that there can be no ghost impressions on the canvas. These stretcher bars also incorporate ‘wedges’ which are placed in each corner and allow the canvas to be stretched extremely tightly over the frame. It also allows the canvas to be restretched over time, which can be of particular importance for the larger sizes. Hanging kits are supplied with all Chart Art canvas so putting them up on the wall is easy. The Canvas hanger incorporates a cut-out which allows the canvas to be hung on a standard two pin picture hook, which is also included. Using the included kit ensures that the canvas is “pulled” flush to the wall on a secure fixing.

  • 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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