July 2014

  1. 22. Top Tips Tuesday - Storm-Bag, The Best Storm Sail For Boats With Furling Headsails...

    As the breeze builds we pull the ‘string’ and with a bit of effort the surface area of the headsail is reduced with little or no effect on the performance of the yacht PROVIDED you are on a beam or close reach. However when beating to windward that’s another story as no matter how well designed the headsail is, yes I...
  2. 21. Top Tips Tuesday - Swan Neck, Cable Outlets & How To Achieve Watertight Fixings...

    So, you need to pass some cables through the deck and are worried about water ingress, most skippers will use a deck seal of the Scanstrut or Index Marine variety, available in different shapes, sizes and materials, aluminium, stainless or plastic, others use watertight plugs and sockets or the cheaper cable glands. Having said all that it is surprising just...
  3. 20. Top Tips Tuesday - Maintaining a wet edge with Epifanes

    The Dutch paint manufacturer W. Heeren and Zoon B.V have a superb range of varnish and paint products, we have sold them in our chandlery for nigh on thirty odd years. Skippers worldwide sing the praises of their traditional varnish based on tung oil, phenol and alkyd resins however if you are varnishing or painting in the summer (best time...
  4. 19. Top Tips Tuesday - Chart Art, Admiralty Charts On Canvas - Preserve Your Summer Cruise For Posterity.

    Yes, I know its on a different ‘tack’ to my usual Top Tips Tuesday however, how often have you thought that it would be nice to have a visual record of your summer cruising area hanging on the wall of your study or lounge to remind you of those magical moments (possibly the slightly scary ones as well). With a lot of folks...
  5. Prevent Galvanic Corrosion With Tefgel

    Successfully Mix Your Metals With Tef-Gel : They say you should never mix your drinks and I usually do follow that rule, however, what you should never ever do (and yes I know I keep banging the drum) is mix your metals without putting a barrier between the two surfaces! If you have an alloy stanchion/fairlead or genoa sheet track...

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