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Batteries – Out With the Old, In With The New

March 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

TrojanMSDS Time for new batteries on Golden Glow before heading to the South Pacific. We admire those who have made the transition to LiPo Lithium batteries, but for a number of reasons we decided to stick with the same Trojan batteries batteries that had served us well in the past. LiPo requires [read more]

A New Better Air Filter for Volvo Penta D40 Boat Engines

March 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Warren “Chuck” Johnson on Exit Strategy for showing us how we could get the large plastic air cleaner monstrosities off Golden Glow’s engines and replace them with Uni Foam Air Filters, which are lightweight, small, compact – and BETTER – air filters. They [read more]

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 // 2 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 // 0 Comments

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]

Stainless Cleaning – Products and Methods

January 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

We had the good fortune to spend some time with Shaun and Neil of Escapade, an Antares that still sparkles like the day it came out of the factory. The day we had dinner with them on Dominica, I had been working most of the afternoon cleaning rust and polishing stainless on Golden Glow so I [read more]
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