Author Archives: captnmike

2015 Year In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. A special thanks to everyone that stopped by in 2015, since I don’t have any ads on the site the only “payment” I get is someone stopping … Continue reading

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DIY & Low Cost Gifts For Your Favorite Skipper

Finding an affordable gift for your favorite skipper can sometimes be difficult.  Not everyone can afford several hundred dollars for the new Hi-Tech Halyard or several thousand for a new Sail. Here are some easy DIY projects you can do … Continue reading

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DIY Gifts for the Holidays

Gifts for boaters and others can sometimes be a bit difficult, so I thought I would share with you several gifts I have made for boating friends and others, these are all low cost and you can make them yourself.  … Continue reading

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My New Cold Weather Insulated Sailing Gloves

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  … Continue reading

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Chafe Protection – Or keeping your boat tied up in a storm

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 … Continue reading

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How To Tie The Sheet Bend and 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 … Continue reading

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Flashlights For The Boat

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 … Continue reading

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New autonomous surface vehicles to deliver shoaler depth measurements for NOAA nautical charts

Great news from NOAA for anyone boating in shallow water. If you look closely at any U.S. coastal nautical chart, you’ll likely find that the areas closest to the shore, shoals, and rocks do not have updated depth measurements. In … Continue reading

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