How to preserve your updated chartlets from getting ruined.

10/05/2012 by webmaster No Comments
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Peter Jones has a suggestion as to how to stop the ink running on the update overlays for your charts.   The file is quite large, but you can download it here

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White Diesel in 1970’s Engines

01/03/2012 by webmaster No Comments
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Following all the debate about red diesel and what happens with the tax men (UK and European), Roger Peck has applied a chemist’s view to the consequences of changing to road diesel for our foreign jaunts: In our boat we have not used red diesel for the past 9 years because it was more convenient for us […]

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The Trucker’s Hitch

24/10/2011 by webmaster No Comments
The loop can be almost anything depending on your fluency with knots: a lever hitch (the right way round), a middleman’s knot or a bowline-on-the-bight would all do well, but despite its relative inelegance a Figure-of-Eight loop is a good choice. It is easy to see if you’ve made it wrongly and it can always be undone easily.

When lashing something down it can be difficult to get the securing rope sufficiently tight. The answer is the Trucker’s Hitch. We must all have seen a lorry driver or farmer using this knot to secure a load. It works because it creates a 3 part tackle to give a mechanical advantage when tightening, although there is […]

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Boxes and Lockses

23/10/2011 by webmaster No Comments
Boxes-and-Lockses

There can be few greater spectator sports than an English couple attempting to berth into continental box moorings – nor a greater cause of marital disharmony! In principle, the idea is simple: two rear posts have to be lassoed while going in between them towards a pontoon/quay to which the bows are fastened to rings […]

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