Adventures in Sailing
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.”
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”
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.”
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?”
In an ideal world, one wouldn’t require fenders to protect the sides of a boat. If there were no wind, or moving water, or inertia of a vessel, it would be easy to pull up to the side of a dock, stop in place, tie up and be on your way…..no fenders required to protectContinue reading “Hanging Fenders”
Wind. I could write for hours about it. How it’s generated. Why it comes from where it does. Why it changes. What is meant by backing and veering. About its force. How it interacts with a sailboat. The differences between apparent and relative wind. Points of sail. How it interacts with and changes the surfaceContinue reading “Wind”
Someone once said something to the effect that water is a very tiny thing that can find its way into the tiniest of crevices that are so small as to not even be seen. If you own a boat then you know this to be true. Not long ago, my sailing partner noticed that herContinue reading “Deck Water Fill Port”
I suppose that I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to some aspects of sailing. This is especially true in regards to matters related to navigation. While I appreciate the chartplotter and GPS, I do believe there is no substitute for the classic approach to navigating a sailing vessel with paper charts, a compass, dividers,Continue reading “Taking on water….”
I’ve seen a lot of sailboats. I’ve been inside most of them. The most spectacular interior I’ve ever encountered was in a well-appointed Hylas 54. It had the feeling of an Italian hotel. Loved it! I do, however, love the simple pleasures of the interior of Skiron. It seems original with exception of a fewContinue reading “Skiron Interior”
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