June 2015

  1. 70. Top Tips Tuesday - Heatwave On The Horizon - Keeping Cool Onboard Your Boat

    There is nothing like lying on a vinyl covered bunk in a ‘pool’ of sweat with perspiration dripping off your face, yes I’ve been there and got the medal! Fortunately these days the majority of bunk coverings are breathable so lying in bed on a hot night isn’t such an ordeal! When we first took our Channel 31 down to the...
  2. 69. Top Tips Tuesday - My Midge Misery! - Mosquito Nets For Boats

    Many many years ago when I was just a simple sail maker I would travel the length and breadth of the UK and Eire, even got as far as India, running sail setting clinics and race coaching  sessions for a variety of dinghy classes however I digress. My first really bad experience of midges was when (after spending a day on the water coaching the...
  3. 68. Top Tips Tuesday - Going Aloft This Father's Day?

    Last week I was called to one of our local marinas to try and ascertain why a skipper was having so much trouble hoisting and lowering his cruising chute! If you do have ‘top end trouble’, before attempting a mast climb it’s always worth getting your, or a friend’s, camera (make sure it’s got a powerful zoom) and firing off a few shots...
  4. 67. Top Tips Tuesday - Wild Weekend With Storm-Bag

    There were not many out over the weekend, what with the strong winds, and of those who ventured out I wonder how many of them managed to make sensible progress to windward with well furled genoas. But showing my age.... in the ‘good old days’ we always had a quiver of headsails, no 1 light, no 1, no 2, working jib and storm jib...
  5. 66. Top Tops Tuesday - Oops! - Dealing with fuel and oils spills - De-Oil-It

    How many times have we  tried to squeeze a few more drops of diesel or petrol  into our tanks (motor vehicles probably loads of times)? Well we are all a bit more wary of getting  a spillage of fuel on  our decks or in the water. However I have a confession to make.... yes I’ve done it, much to my embarrassment...

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