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  1. Tool Locker Shelf

    I have a duplicate on board of every boat tool in the garage. It took 50 years to accomplish that. For the first 40 years I felt that it was morally wrong to have two of everything, when those less fortunate had only one, or even none at all. Then I just gave up and bought another entire socket set, another japanese saw, duplicate metric and English spanners, a second Vice-grips and so on--times 50.

    All that stuff was contained in one tool bag, overflowing into an ice bag. But ...

    Updated 10-12-2015 at 07:41 AM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
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  2. Steps for the Boarding Ladder

    As owners, we must be attuned to complaints. Some are challenging, such as, "Can we talk about me, instead of the boat?" Others we take in stride, as, "My cousin's Hunter 46 has a bedroom." When guests complain about heeling over we promise that the boat will always return to upright, an effect caused by the counterweight of the keel blah blah blah. But logic doesn't always work. And indeed, David Hume maintained that cause and effect itself is a bucket of swill. All we ...

    Updated 10-28-2016 at 11:52 AM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing , Ericson Ownership
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  3. The Torqueedo Electric Outboard -- 6-minute video

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Jkh-hKBUk

    Price hovers around $1500 from Internet suppliers.

    The outboard is quiet and light, and easy to mount on a bobbing inflatable because it has three parts.

    With no fluids, the unit can be stowed below on its side, rather than mounted on a stern rail.

    The 1003 model is said to be the equivalent of 3 gasoline horsepower. It drives a small inflatable easily and might even make a RIB plane for one ...

    Updated 10-13-2017 at 10:52 AM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing
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  4. Umbrella on a Boat--3-minute Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO0FrqNQe8s

    At too late a date I realized that people whose sailing company I enjoy don't always enjoy being blasted by the Latitude 34 sun.

    Does this mean a bimini to shield the cockpit? A dodger? A connection between the two? Probably, yes.

    Gales, however, don't like windage any more than I do, so maybe there is a more temporary solution, short of a circus tent. Is it an umbrella? I leave that to you. An ordinary drugstore ...

    Updated 10-05-2015 at 09:34 AM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Racing & Crusing
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  5. Halyard Cams on the Mast

    Cams on the mast are an easy solution to an issue created by halyards led back: how does one person work the halyard at the mast?

    As you may have noticed, hauling up the main on the cabin house leaves a pile of halyard at your feet. But the line clutch and the winch are (in)conveniently back there in the cockpit. Without a crew standing by to take up the slack, there's no way to make the led-back system work. A cam cleat on the mast allows a temporary settting. When the halyard is ...

    Updated 10-05-2015 at 07:05 PM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical
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