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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #46
October 22, 2018
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #46 - October 2018
What's in This Issue:
Following last month's article, in which I confessed to stopping my boat's prop spinning when under sail by putting the gear astern, I was advised by a reader (David) that this is not always a wise thing to do...
David has a Colvic UFO 31 fitted with a Yanmar 2GM20F and SD20 saildrive unit with a fixed prop, and has been told by Yanmar that he should leave the engine in neutral and let the prop rotate unless he fits a folding prop or a shaft brake.
Yanmar have explained the reasons for this recommendation in their
So be warned - check what your engine manufacturer has to say about it!
It's that time of the year again:
I'm guessing there's more of you in the second group than in the first, so the following is for you...
There's quite a lot involved if you want to lay your boat up properly - it's best you have a list. Here's mine:
Fabrics and interior
Hull and deck
Sails & Canvas
Spars and Rigging
For more on laying-up, take a look at Hauling Out and Laying-Up Ashore.
Dennison Berwick, a name that has graced this newsletter before, has put together a series of checklists for maintaining and laying-up each of the following engine configurations:
Furthermore, in a generous gesture beneficial to us all he's made them available as free downloads - you can get them by clicking
'Free Illustrated Downloads'.
Now back to all of you Caribbean Cruisers...
As far as I'm aware there's no simple, searchable, downloadable directory of Yacht Services and Facilities for sailors cruising throughout the Caribbean Island chain - until now!
This series of ebooks sets off, somewhat incongruously, with Volume 3 - Antigua. Inside are the contact details of well over 100 Antigua based companies and sole traders who can provide at least one of the following services:
Download it now to your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone - it's in PDF format so no e-reader is required.
Not so much a trick, more an effective way of releasing your boat from the clutches of commercial fishing gear.
Of course if you've got a long keeler, which can skate over most pot buoys and assorted fishing gear with impunity, you'll be feeling pretty smug at this point. But for the rest of us, sooner or later we'll end up with a line around the keel, the rudder or - worst of all - around the prop.
On several occasions 'Alacazam's progress has been dramatically slowed or brought to a halt by commercial fishing gear caught around the root of the rudder skeg. Usually it's at night or in poor visibility - and it's never any fun.
My usual remedy is to tack or jibe, when - with any luck - the gear will fall off as the boat changes direction. Recently, another skipper told me how he deals with this situation.
What you need, he said, is a large heavy shackle. Feed a length of line through it and take it to the bow, along with another crew-member. Drop it over the bow, with each of you holding one end of the line. Now walk aft along each side of the boat making sure the shackle in the bight of the line clears the keel and the rudder.
On arrival at the stern, you can now both pull the line in which should bring with it the fishing gear where you can cut it free - with due apologies to the fisherman, who will be less than pleased.
If the fishing gear has been wound around the prop, bring it aboard on both the port and starboard sides and cut yourself free on both sides. Now you may - repeat may - by alternatively pulling on each end of it, persuade it to unwind itself.
Next time it happens to me - and it will of course - I'll be giving the shackle trick a go.
A couple of minutes searching for pics on the internet of Bowman 57s proved that you were absolutely right!
Thanks to all of you. 'Cristina R' now tops the list at
Cruising Sailboats over 55ft LOA.
Any ideas anyone?
If so, please let me know by clicking here...
Among other items this month, we have:
'Celtic Cat', a Gemini 3200 Catamaran
'Nauti Dog', a Lagoon 421 Catamaran
'Chapter Two' an Island Packet 420
'Ariadne', a Nicholson 31 for sale
Want to check out a whole load more?
Don't forget...If you're thinking of looking at a secondhand sailboat, or just want to be aware of what to look for - and when to walk away no matter what - then you really ought to take a look at Andrew Simpson's eBook Secrets of Buying Secondhand Boats...
It's full of sound advice from an acknowleged expert and could quite literally save you $$$$$thousands!
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Please take a look, and feel free to make a post - and don't forget to 'Like' us of course...
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See you next month!
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