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Jun 14, 2018

Hauling Out and Laying Up Ashore - Tips & Advice

Hauling out your boat and laying her up safely ashore at the end of the the sailing season is not something to take lightly. Here's how to do it right.

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Jun 14, 2018

Get LED Boat Lights and Forget About Battery Drain!

LED Boat Lights are definitely the way to go for both cabin lighting and navigation lights - around 90% savings in power consumption and 50,000 hours before they need replacing!

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Jun 12, 2018

Making A Bulb Keel for a Self-Build Sailboat

It's always a good thing to get the ballast as low down as possible on a sailboat, which is why the bulb keel is so popular on performance boats. Here's how we built and fitted ours

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Jun 12, 2018

Our Self Build Boat Project: Moulding Fiberglass Components

With the wood-epoxy hull, interior structure and deck for our self build boat now complete, the next stage is moulding the cabin top and cockpit in GRP. Here's how we did it

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Jun 12, 2018

Follow This Wood Boat Building Project for Some Great Tips!

With our wood boat building project well underway, it's now time to put the 'lid' on. Here's how we built the deck and coachroof for our cedar strip hulled, wood-epoxy sailboat

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Jun 12, 2018

Building a Wooden Boat: Fitting the Interior Structure, Part 1

With the hull complete and the bulkheads in place, the next stage of building a wooden boat is to build-in the internal structure. Here's how we did it when constructing Alacazam

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Jun 12, 2018

Building a Wood Boat: Fitting the Bulkheads

With the cedar strip hull fully planked up, the next stage of building a wood boat is to bond in the bulkheads. Here's how we did it when building Alacazam

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Jun 12, 2018

Cedar Strip Boat Building: Sheathing the Hull with Woven Glass Rovings

Having used the Cedar Strip Boat Building Technique to construct Alacazam's hull, we now need to sheath it in woven glass rovings and epoxy. Here's how we did it...

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Jun 12, 2018

The Cedar Strip Boat Building Technique Explained in Words & Pictures

Thinking about using the Cedar Strip Boat Building Technique? Then check out how we used it to build a 38 ft (11.5m) cruising sailboat - it could you save you weeks

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Jun 12, 2018

How to Build a Sailboat Using the Cedar Strip, Wood-Epoxy Technique

This illustrated series describes how to build a sailboat with a wood-epoxy hull. As with most projects, time spent in planning and preparation will reap dividends; this is how we started out...

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Jun 11, 2018

Is an Anchor Snubber Line really Necessary?

If you have an all-chain rode then yes, you definitely need an anchor snubber line. But what's best, a single snubber line or a bridle? Well, it depends...

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Jun 11, 2018

Will A Sailboat Wind Generator Transform Your Battery Charging?

On a breezy windward passage, a sailboat wind generator can provide most, if not all of your power requirements. So why do many sailors dismiss them and turn to other forms of green energy?

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Jun 11, 2018

Is BBB Anchor Chain As Good As The Other Types Of Anchor Chain?

Proof Coil, High Test and BBB anchor chain all have their own attributes and shortcomings, so there's no one answer. But here's how to choose what's best for your boat

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Jun 11, 2018

Handline Fishing from a Sailboat Will Keep the Crew Well Fed

For successful handline fishing from a sailboat, you need just two simple types of handline. One for trolling astern when under way and the other for fishing a paternoster rig when anchored.

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Jun 09, 2018

Endeavour 42 - Centre Cockpit sloop

'Beach House', a 1985 Endeavour 42 LOA: 42'3 LWL: 33'4 Beam: 13'4 Draft: 5'0 Mast Height above water:62'0 This boat has served us well for 13 years and

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Recent Articles

  1. Hauling Out and Laying Up Ashore - Tips & Advice

    Jun 14, 18 10:11 AM

    Hauling out your boat and laying her up safely ashore at the end of the the sailing season is not something to take lightly. Here's how to do it right.

    Read More

  2. Get LED Boat Lights and Forget About Battery Drain!

    Jun 14, 18 06:56 AM

    LED Boat Lights are definitely the way to go for both cabin lighting and navigation lights - around 90% savings in power consumption and 50,000 hours before they need replacing!

    Read More

  3. Making A Bulb Keel for a Self-Build Sailboat

    Jun 12, 18 01:47 PM

    It's always a good thing to get the ballast as low down as possible on a sailboat, which is why the bulb keel is so popular on performance boats. Here's how we built and fitted ours

    Read More