Sunday, October 18, 2009

Voyaging Tip #23 : Start Key Fail Safe

Stow the start key on the raw water intake valve handle to insure fail safe water flow to the engine cooling system. Double clamp hose to the ball valve and have a tapered wooden DC plug lashed to the through hull.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Voyaging Tip #22 : Battery H2O Top Off

Top off lead acid batteries in those hard to reach places using a turkey baster to meter in the exact amount of distilled water into each cell. Be sure to wear eye protection when filling battery cells to guard against acid splash rebound. The turkey baster is also useful for transmission fluid fill.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Portable Weather Station

The Sky Master is a compact portable weather station that the mariner can keep handy to determine accurate apparent wind, temperature, dew point, and barometric pressure measurements. A great back-up to the vessels fixed anemometer, thermometer, and barometer.