Cruising Tips

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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
Installing a propane gas stove

Installing a propane gas stove

One upgrade we had long wanted to add is a propane stove. Our switch to propane came soon after we discovered it was possible to fill a propane tank just about anywhere if you have the right fittings.

July/August 2012
Engine seawater pump rebuild

Engine seawater pump rebuild

Long distance voyagers should carry a spare seawater pump for their engine.

May/June 2012
Eliminating deck rot

Eliminating deck rot

Have you ever walked forward and heard an ominous creaking noise from the deck of your boat?

March/April 2012
AIS transponder installation

AIS transponder installation

After enjoying the benefits of an AIS receive-only unit for the last four years, we upgraded to a full transmitter-receiver.

January/February 2012
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