Mainsail Trim: Main halyard.

Let’s take a look at these photos of my new main sail during first outing after the new sail was installed. What do you notice? I didn’t spot it when sailing but knew something was not right. The sailmaker saw it right away. Subsequent to his instruction I’ve spent some time educating myself about sailContinue reading “Mainsail Trim: Main halyard.”

Electrical Matters

I must admit that boat electronics and electrical systems are my biggest weaknesses. I studied chemistry in college. I thoroughly enjoyed electricity and magnetism in physics. You’d think I’d have an aptitude for electrical stuff. But….I don’t. Perhaps it’s because I actually fear electricity for a number of different reasons. I don’t believe it isContinue reading “Electrical Matters”

Vertical Mainsail Battens: A cautionary tale.

I added a new mainsail this year. It was well-constructed and quite beautiful. It did, however, have full length vertical battens. Four of them. The one most proximal to the mast was about 40 ft in length. The next ones were about 30, 20, and 10 feet in length, respectively. My old sail had threeContinue reading “Vertical Mainsail Battens: A cautionary tale.”

Bonding System Upgrade

A recent evaluation by a marine electrician to determine whether my boat was over-zinced was followed by a recommendation to update the bonding system of Skiron. The vessel was bonded according to European standards when constructed in Sweden and it was suggested that we bring it to US standards. I must admit, however, that IContinue reading “Bonding System Upgrade”

More on “Zinc” anodes….a guest blog post.

I received a very interesting and rather informative message from Matt Esser in response to my post regarding excessive zinc anodes on Skiron. I asked for his permission to post his comments here and, rather than tacking it onto the end of my post, decided that it was worthy of a separate blog entry. HereContinue reading “More on “Zinc” anodes….a guest blog post.”

Haul Out…. what the zinc is going on?

Every two years or so I haul the boat out of water so that the bottom can be painted with a type of paint that inhibits growth of algae and other things that might otherwise be inclined to establish a home on the hull of my vessel. This year, I also planned to have theContinue reading “Haul Out…. what the zinc is going on?”