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New holly and wild cherry floor

New holly and wild cherry floor

We had wanted a new cabin sole/floor in our 1972 Tartan 34.5 for several years.

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Must-have boat gadgets

You can go crazy adding all sorts of tools and gadgets to your boat, many of which you might never use.

Finding a South Pacific weather window

We're stuck. Stuck in the eddy between New Zealand and the islands of Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

What is the ITCZ and why does it matter?

We were warned about the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) well before we left on our Pacific crossing.

Plugging bottom holes

Our very well-preserved 1972 Tartan 34.5 had two paddle wheel-type knot meters and two 2-inch thru-hull depth sounder transducers.

Easy-to-make fender covers

Fenders, as most sailors know, act as bumpers to keep your boat off the dock and prevent its hull from being scratched or chafed by whatever protrudes from the dock, like cement or wood pilings.

Homemade burglar alarm

The problem with all the battery-powered burglar alarms we have found at hardware stores is that the alarms were neither louder nor more frightening than a chirping canary.

Checking hoses

As a surveyor, it is my job to inspect hoses for problems as I go about my inspections.

Stuffing box inspection and replacement

The stuffing box is a critical part of the boat. It allows a driveshaft to spin through the hull without allowing water to pour into the vessel. These units are often deep down in the boat, behind the engine and with limited access.

Navigation by Google Maps

We all use charts for navigation, either paper or electronic, but undoubtedly have found that charts come in varying degrees of accuracy.

Are you over-propped?

Before heading out on a long multi-year trip, you might want to consider taking a good look at your propeller.