We loved this MacGyvering legend's ingenious stern-tie setup.
When we leave our boats in storage we usually expect it to be for a short time. What happens when it's a long time, might not be pretty.
The tricky part is keeping the mast straight along the centerline of the boat. On a Flicka, and many others, this means creating a bridle on each cap shroud to keep tension on the mast as it comes down.
"Been in town a day and he's already got you working!" Spaulding's president, Bell Edinger, commented upon seeing the newest volunteer with paintbrush and pot of epoxy in hand.
The Resourceful Sailor was privy to the Port Townsend Sailing Association's conversion of their committee boat from diesel to electric engine.
"Winds were eight knots from the south and dropping. The boat sailed very nicely. The helm was light and responsive."
According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, the third entry of "warp," as a verb, defines it as: "to move (something, such as a ship) by hauling on a line attached to a fixed object."
In an emergency, VHF is the only thing that can directly connect you to the US Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, giving you access to high-tech emergency response and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capabilities.
There is a simple test to determine if a thermostat is opening and closing properly. Place it into boiling water. It should open in the water and close when removed.
Curtis Havel spent five months building his 11-foot-long gunter-rigged sloop from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. It turned out to be a lot of fun to build, and to sail.
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