Insulated Sailing Gloves with protected palm
This spring I bought new pair of Gill Three Season Gloves having gotten so tired of cold fingers.
The gloves are made of 1.5mm neoprene insulation with a high tech non-slip fabric on the palms and fingers. The entire hand is insulated with the neoprene and the cuffs are a bit longer to go under the sleeves of foul weather gear making these warm even in wet weather.
The fingers and thumb are curved in a natural curve that makes the gloves very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
What can happen if proper chafe protection is not used
As the fall storms and winds increase, chafe protection on mooring lines is often overlooked until a line parts or breaks.
Lines should be protected anytime they go over or around a sharp or abrasive object.
Chafe is increased anytime a line passes over a rough spot, inspect all line contact areas for rough, abraded areas, nicks, scratches, or groves. In some cases edges can be rounded or relieved to help reduce chafe.
Commercial chafe protection and gear comes in almost infinite choices or you can make your own chafe guard without too much difficulty.
Double Sheet Bend
The Sheet Bend / Double Sheet Bend is used to fasten two lines together of different diameters. But it can also be used to fasten two lines together of the same size.
The Sheet Bend / Double Sheet Bend is quick and easy to tie. If the larger line is quite a bit larger than the smaller line or the larger line is stiff then the Double Sheet Bend should be used and the end of the bight in the larger line should be tied to itself to keep it from straightening out and becoming undone.
When tied in the end of a line with a loop in it, it becomes a Becket Bend. The Becket Bend it tied exactly the same.
The difference between a Sheet Bend and Becket Bend makes a good trivia question from time to time.
Since the two knots are tied so close to the same, I have merged the instructions for both of them below. I hope this does not confuse anyone.
Top to bottom, Streamlight Waypoint LED Flashlight, Streamlight 4AA ProPolymax LED Flashlight and Streamlight 4AA ProPolymer Lux LED Flashlight
As the days get shorter, the odds that you will be returning to your slip or entering the marina at night are increasing.
Entering many marinas after dark can be a real stressful experience, here are three lights that I have added to my after dark tools over the last year that can help make entering a marina as well as other after dark boating much safer.
Some marinas are poorly lighted and even going down your home fairway can be stressful and finding the right slip is many times very difficult.
The three lights that I have added all have different characteristics and each offers different strong points, match the light to the need. They are different power, some are easier to carry, provide longer battery life or reach out farther.
All of these will reach out if you need to signal for help or signal another vessel that does not seem to be aware of your presence. A note on the use of lights to signal another vessel, you are not allowed to shine a light into the pilothouse or the eyes of the people driving the other vessel, that can ruin their night vision and is unsafe. Shine the light on the water in the direction of the other vessel, you can also shine a light on the side of your vessel or the sails if you have sails up to attract attention. Two of the lights have a strobe mode that is real annoying and should attract lots of attention at night.
Yacht America getting ready for an evening sail from the Bell Harbor Marina in Downtown Seattle
Last week I took an evening sail in Seattle on the Yacht America, a replica of the boat that won the trophy that would become know as the America’s Cup.
The wind in Elliot Bay was nice with 8 to 10 knots at West Point, moving America smartly along at 8 to 9 knots on a bit of a reach over to Bainbridge Island and back, the water was flat for a very nice trip.
The weather was a bit chilly on the water and a few people did not bring coats, the crew of America were gracious hosts and got out spare blankets for the guests to wear.
As with many ships of this type the guests became the crew (the adventure, historic ambiance and team building I am told) when it was time to raise the sails, with a main mast of 105 feet and setting 5,900 square feet of sail in four sails, it takes a lot of work to raise the sails. If the weather is right guests are invited to drive the boat if they want. Several stepped up and got to drive the America under the watchful eye of Captain Troy. The calm guidance of Captain Troy was great given the look of concentration or terror at times on the face of those that drove the boat.
Crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Coast Guard Station Charleston, S.C., approach an overturned boat, July 13, 2015, approximately 12 miles off the Charleston coast. The boat was found during a search for four overdue boaters who were later rescued by Station Charleston crews. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Nobody wants to have a boating accident, here are my thoughts on how not to be a boating accident statistic, this is based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s study of 4,064 accidents in and compiled their 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics.
The steps to reduce your chances of having a boating accident are simple, have a sober driver, take a Boating Safety Class, pay attention to what is happening in and around the boat and a few more simple steps.