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My Experiences with the Katadyn 40E Watermaker while Cruising the Caribbean

My Experiences with the Katadyn 40E Watermaker while Cruising the Caribbean

February 3rd, 2017

This is a follow-up post to my initial justifications of installing a Katadyn 40E watermaker in my 27' sailboat - here I review its performance....more...

Replacing the Depth Sounder Transducer & Thru-Hull

Replacing the Depth Sounder Transducer & Thru-Hull

January 2nd, 2016

My depth sounder failed on me the day before hauling the boat out of the water - great timing! Replacing it was a little more work that I thought it'd be....more...

Does Your Small Sailboat Really Need A Starter Battery?

Does Your Small Sailboat Really Need A Starter Battery?

August 11th, 2015

Most small cruising sailboats have both a house battery bank and a dedicated starter battery - is this the most efficient way to use your limited space?...more...

Watermakers for Small Cruising Sailboats

Watermakers for Small Cruising Sailboats

July 26th, 2015

Obtaining fresh water is one of the biggest pains of cruising on a small sailboat. Here we'll look at how to make potable water out of seawater....more...

My First Year with Cape Horn Self Steering

My First Year with Cape Horn Self Steering

June 9th, 2015

People often ask me how I rest while my sailboat is still sailing and I'm all alone. A wind vane is the answer - and Cape Horn is the model I'll swear by....more...

Living Aboard: Sleep Tight with a Swell Bridle

Living Aboard: Sleep Tight with a Swell Bridle

May 19th, 2015

If the wind and swell are out of different directions, chances are you're not sleeping at all! Use these swell bridle diagrams to align into the swells....more...

SPOT vs. DeLorme Satellite Messengers

SPOT vs. DeLorme Satellite Messengers

April 28th, 2015

Looking at the key features of the two most popular GPS satellite messengers - SPOT Gen3 and the DeLorme inReach SE. Which one is the best travel partner?...more...

Creative Edge Solar 5 Solar Charger

Creative Edge Solar 5 Solar Charger

April 19th, 2015

I took this portable solar phone charger with me on my last sailing adventure, and it exceeded my expectations! And for an amazing price as well!...more...

Small Sailboat Wind Generator Systems

Small Sailboat Wind Generator Systems

December 26th, 2012

I was living in an electrical deficit using just my marine solar panels. So I had a portable wind generator delivered to the Bahamas - it works great!...more...

Small Sailboat Solar Refrigeration

Small Sailboat Solar Refrigeration

August 2nd, 2012

I just purchased a Technautics CoolBlue DC holding plate system to replace my engine-driven holding plate system. It'll be powered by my solar panels....more...

Small Sailboat Electrical Distribution Systems

Small Sailboat Electrical Distribution Systems

March 20th, 2012

Probably the biggest project of "Electrical Month" - wiring and power distribution - was finally completed today....more...

Man-Sewing, Revisited

Man-Sewing, Revisited

March 11th, 2012

I bought a Sailrite heavy-duty sewing machine to make a new dodger for my sailboat, and after putting it off long enough out of fear of sewing, finally bit the bullet and made it....more...

Sailboat Lighting LED Conversion

Sailboat Lighting LED Conversion

March 3rd, 2012

Upgrading sailboat cabin lighting...specifically, converting all of my 15-watt incandescent bulbs to new, fancy, and energy-saving light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. And while I was at it, why not replace the actual dome lights as well?...more...

Small Sailboat AC Electrical Systems

Small Sailboat AC Electrical Systems

February 16th, 2012

March is Electrical Systems Month, and these projects include: an inverter, new electrical distribution panel, batteries, solar panels, and rewiring. Let's start with selecting an inverter....more...

Sailboat Safety: Inspecting & Replacing Rusty Lifelines

Sailboat Safety: Inspecting & Replacing Rusty Lifelines

February 7th, 2012

Looking at all the options while trying to decide how to repair my lifelines - those strands of wire designed to keep you from falling off your boat....more...

Man-Sewing on the Sailboat

Man-Sewing on the Sailboat

January 23rd, 2012

I don't know which of the following was more difficult: buying a sewing machine, using a sewing machine, or admitting that I have/use a sewing machine. Just wait til the guys at work hear about this....more...

Sailboat Refrigeration for Dummies

Sailboat Refrigeration for Dummies

November 14th, 2011

One of the problems with sailboat refrigeration systems is efficiency. Excessive heat transfer requires more energy to keep it cold, and energy is precious....more...

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