Category Archives: Boat Maintenance

Repairing the Forward Hatch & Catch Blocks

The Catch Blocks on the forward hatch needed repair after the Pop-Rivets came loose. I thought about using Pop-Rivets like the original catch blocks were mounted with.  However getting the Pop-Rivets to seat in the counter bore looked to be … Continue reading

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Improved Fender Whip–Part 2

This improved Fender Whip is easier to handle and holds knots much better than a regular three strand or double braid fender whip. Standard fender whips made of three strand or double braid are stiffer and over time become even … Continue reading

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Laundry Day & Washing The Life Jackets

Cleaning Life-Jackets seems to be overlooked on many boats, and is not a job that anyone looks forward to. Having clean Life-Jackets makes it easier to get the crew to wear them.  Cleaning the Life-Jackets from time to time helps … Continue reading

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The New Cabin Lights

Recently I needed to do something about the old cabin lights when the switches stopped working. I decided to upgrade the lights to Red / White LED fixtures.  I wanted the Red light  option to preserve the night vision of … Continue reading

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Your Fire Extinguisher

On a cold Sunday last winter some friends were on their way from Kirkland to a Frostbite Series race on Lake Union when the Coast Guard pulled along side their sailboat. The Coast Guard Boarding Officer ask if they had … Continue reading

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Washing Your Sheets, Halyards and Lines

Washing the lines and halyard that have been exposed to the elements over the winter is one of my spring rites of getting the boat ready for another sailing season. Washing lines can make them easier to handle, extend their … Continue reading

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Beating the Pumpout Station Blues

Going to the Pumpout station is one of those tasks that no boater seems to look forward to doing. The Washington Sea Grant Program has developed a new Free Pumpout Adapter Kit to help boaters avoid the dreaded “Brown Shower.” … Continue reading

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Marking Your Halyards

Many people put adjusting marks on  their halyards or other control lines to help with sail trim by making it quick and easy to repeat settings they have found to work with  given conditions in the past.    A big black … Continue reading

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