And a USCG Auxiliary Boating Course may just be the ticket It’s March, and the weather has reversed itself. March is, if we believe in the old adage, “in like a lion, out like a lamb”, been playing games with us. One day it was 25 degrees cold and clammy, and the next day it … Continue reading "Summer is just around the Corner"
FCC Rules for Marine VHF and a handy Frequency Chart When do you need a license? If your boat is over 20 meters (65 feet) long or you are “for hire” you need a license. If you are traveling outside the U.S. or it territorial waters you need a license. Inside the United States and … Continue reading "Marine VHF Communications"
I lost my patience again. After two months the sailmaker still hadn’t repaired my bimini. So I took it back. Asking around the marina didn’t help my mood any. It seems that it’s about impossible to get canvas work done around here. Like any other ordinary self sufficient sailor I decided to take matters into … Continue reading "Mast Cover"
Well, the time has come to replace my aging bimini. I never liked it. It looked more like a tent than something that belongs on a boat. When I first got Revenge I had to cut down the bimini because I couldn’t sail with it up … and everybody knows I’m much too lazy to … Continue reading "Dodger and Bimini"
The Overhand Knot You have to start somewhere! The Overhand Knot is the simplest to tie and the mother of all knots. The advantage of this knot is its simplicity, the disadvantage is that it doesn’t hold very well. Mostly we start with the Overhand Knot to show how all other knots are related to … Continue reading "Knots"
Now that the summer is winding down in North America, perhaps this is a good time to start planning next years racing. Taking a systematic approach to your campaign will improve your standings and increase your enjoyment. Vision What do you want to do? What is racing to you? Are you a budding young rock … Continue reading "The Campaign"