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Chaps Aren’t Just for Cowboys

February 5, 2017 // 1 Comment

To our non-sailor friends, “Chaps” refer to the leather covering a cowboy wears over his jeans. Those chaps serve a number of purposes besides looking cool and focusing appreciative glances. When riding horseback, the tough leather protects legs from heavy brush; in the cattle pen, while [read more]

Seal the Deal – recaulking our Galley’s Silicone Seams

January 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Our most recent boat improvement project: re-caulking the silicone seams in our galley. Silicone acts as a water and moisture repellant and it provides a nice lining between surfaces. When silicone caulk gets old and grungy, no amount of cleaning will make it look good, and it may be letting [read more]

Magical Kanberra Gel Cleans Mold, Mildew or Bad Odors

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

We first discovered Kanberra gel at the Annapolis boat show. My first reaction was that it seemed expensive, but I liked the smell (very fresh and clean) and the salesperson’s explanation that it cleans and disinfects and goes after odors, mold and mildew without chemicals so I bought the [read more]

Trampolines – Out with the Old, In with the New

January 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Why Catamarans have Trampolines. Have you ever wondered why there are open-netting trampolines on the front of a catamaran rather than fiberglass decking between the hulls? Ted Clements, the brilliant designer of the Antares 44i catamaran, explains the reasons: Safety: You want to keep as much [read more]

Screen-Clean

July 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Now that we’re in the Aegean and enjoying northern Meltemi winds, it’s screen cleaning day. Turkey and the Dodocanese Greek islands had Scirrocos, which are hot, dry winds from Africa. One morning in Kaş, at about 5:30 am, Rand and I were outside on deck and couldn’t believe the [read more]

Create your own sailing & cruising spare parts list

June 13, 2016 // 1 Comment

Hey Rand, “What spare parts do you carry for a global romp on your sailing boat?” you might ask.  Followed by “What cruising spare parts list would you recommend for me?” Well I just happen to have 2000 words for you on that very subject. Unfortunately creating a spares [read more]

TOP TEN “Most Used” Sailor’s Gear

September 10, 2015 // 5 Comments

When Ellen and I were biking along the beach outside of Rome we started a game of name the ten most used items on Golden Glow.  Of course items like silverware and boat shoes get a real work out, but what about the non-obvious sailor’s gear we use everyday?  In memory of the last days of [read more]

What Boat Tools for Circumnavigation?

August 22, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have been asked a few times “What are the best boat tools to have on a sailboat?” The short answer: Well it depends… It depends in part on how much you want to do yourself what systems you want to work on how good your Rolodex is to find qualified workers how far away you will be [read more]

Oh how I love our Electric Windlass!

January 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

When we were due to leave Culebra, we had an unwelcome surprise when we tried to bring up our anchor. Our electric windlass had stopped working. “We” (Rand) didn’t know then if it was the electric windlass itself or the deck control that was the problem and we wanted to leave the [read more]

Mosquitoes in the Fridge

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

As we were heading up the East Coast from Florida we were hearing mosquitoes and flies in the salon and kitchen.  At first we were amazed as we were over 40 miles off shore where there are normally few flying insects, then we were curious as we could not see a single fly or mosquito.  On closer [read more]
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