Thursday, July 30, 2009

Voyaging Tip #17 : Prussik Knot Aloft

Try the Prussik Knot (Triple Sliding Hitch) attached to a spare halyard the next time you go aloft to create a handy adjustable attachment point. Go to this YouTube video for a demonstration:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Voyaging Tip #16 : Improved Windlass Leverage

Attack the leverage sweet spot on your manual horizontal anchor windlass as Carlos Valencia does aboard his 30 ft. Bristol sloop "Felicia" by using a long handled modified 3/4" ratchet socket drive. Fitting the 3/4" drive to a windlass that takes a standard winch handle will require grinding a short 3/4" extension or adaptor to 7/10". Grind and file in increments until a good fit is achieved.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Distance by Doric

The sturdy water proof K&E Doric is a plastic slide rule from the past that out performs an electronic calculator for at the helm all weather daytime calculations of time, speed, & distance.