Voyaging Tips

Title Issue
Fighting topside leaks

Fighting topside leaks

Those of us northern sailors who have been out cruising in southern waters for a while know that leaks around ports, chain-plates and other deck fittings can be real pains in the neck

Web Exclusives 2013
Emergency refrigeration repair

Emergency refrigeration repair

If your refrigerator/freezer quits while you are in U.S. waters, only a properly licensed refrigeration technician who has the required equipment (refrigerant recovery system, vacuum pump, etc.) may legally service your system.

Ocean Voyager 2013
Pumps and priorities

Pumps and priorities

Keeping unwanted water out of the hull is the first principle of staying afloat.

Ocean Voyager 2013
Boat coverage

Boat coverage

One of the more confusing issues a sailor must face is that of marine insurance.

October 2013
Info and entertainment at sea

Info and entertainment at sea

Long bluewater passages can be daunting, for seasoned hands as well as for sailors venturing into their first major offshore adventure.

July/August 2013
Testing and equalizing batteries

Testing and equalizing batteries

In a typical cruising boat, life is hard for the batteries. They are often discharged to 50 percent or less of full charge and rarely, if ever, fully recharged.

May/June 2013
Adding an electronic refrigerator thermostat

Adding an electronic refrigerator thermostat

The mechanical thermostats (temperature sensing switches) supplied with most boat refrigerators work fine for two years or so.

January/February 2013
A useful canvas bucket from old sails

A useful canvas bucket from old sails

Call me a pack rat, but I hate throwing anything away that could still have some use aboard. My husband David uses old line to make ocean plait rugs. I use old jacklines to keep jerry jugs firmly in place on deck and also as hoists when making courtesy flags. So when it came time to buy a new mainsail, I couldn't just throw the old one away.

Web Exclusives 2012
Replacing engine mounts

Replacing engine mounts

If your engine mounts are more than five or six years old, or have been contaminated with seawater, engine oil or coolant, change them. Even if the mounts look perfect, the tough elastomer (rubber-like) material in the engine mount work-hardens over time and ceases to isolate the boat from the engine’s vibrations.

November/December 2012
Mast climbing techniques

Mast climbing techniques

Some approaches to mast climbing from an ocean voyager

September 2012
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