Tiller coachwhipping

How to add coachwhipping to your tiller handle

Want to add a decorative grip to the handle of your tiller? It’s not hard to do in a couple of hours and almost free with a few scraps of canvas and/or cord you may have lying around.

Coachwhipping is one of those little touches you can add to your sailboat to give it a more old-school, handcrafted look. It harkens back to a time when sailboats were made almost entirely out of wood and lashing parts together with rope was the norm. It’s a nice contrast to all the sterile fiberglass and stainless steel used on modern yachts and boosts your seaworthy credibility (or at least gives that illusion). Learning the knots and braids is fun. It’s a great way to spend time on a cold winter evening near the wood stove while the snow is falling.

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100 Fast & Easy Boat Improvements

Review of 100 Fast & Easy Boat Improvements

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Don Casey is the dean of DIY sailboat restoration and improvement in my opinion. He’s a contributing editor of Sail magazine and author of several other books that I’ll be reviewing in the coming months. The sheer expanse of his knowledge and experience comes through in every book. Every subject that he writes about is not only technically correct but also seasoned with advice that only comes from having been there and done that and more than once.

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Dinner invitation for Seattle Boat Show attendees

Are you going to the Seattle Boat Show 2015 on Friday, January 30th? If so, and you’d like to meet up with other stingy sailors for a casual, Dutch treat dinner, join us at the Cask and Trotter restaurant at 711 Westlake Ave N (between Valley St & Mercer St) around 6:00 pm for some good BBQ, burgers, or brews. For other choices and costs, see the menu on their website.


We will even have a special guest. Tom Luque, the mastermind behind MastGates.com, and his wife will join us to demonstrate his new mast gate designs and answer your reefing questions.

Bring along your best DIY ideas to share, any questions you might have about projects you read about here, or just come and meet other trailer sailors from around the region.

Friday and Saturday, my first mate and I will be cruising around the exhibits, the boats, and a few of the seminars for stingy tips, ideas, and general inspiration. Whatever I find, you can be sure I’ll share it with you here.

If you think you’ll be coming to dinner, please use the Contact page to let me know how many people will be in your party so that I can get a table big enough for everyone to sit comfortably.

I’m really looking forward to seeing some of you there!