2017 was another year of exciting growth here at The $tingy Sailor!
The number of pages viewed was up from last year 110% to over 410,000 views from 187 countries.
The number of you who subscribed to receive the Stingy Sailor Spotlight newsletter grew over 50%. I sent out 8 editions of the newsletter with bonus content and let you be the first to know about upcoming events.
My Facebook page is doing very well too. If you have a Facebook page too, please give mine a Like so it will be included in your feed. Besides a preview of every new blog post, I sometimes send updates there that you won’t find here or in the newsletter.
In particular, last year I posted some of the results from my first year of PHRF racing with Summer Dance including some single-handed races. What it shows is that some of the projects on this site can turn an average daysailer into a competitive racer without costing boat loads of cash.
The $tingy Sailor channel on YouTube now has 17 videos, over 233,000 views, and more than 1,280 subscribers. Expect more videos in 2018.
The free Downloads page for subscribers has been a huge hit. It lists printable drawings and bonus files that supplement some of the project articles. There are now 12 downloadable files with more on the way. But you must know the password to see the page and you must subscribe to receive the password. You can subscribe for free at the bottom of this page.
The second annual Stingy Sailor DIY Project Contest was a ton of fun. It was great to see and share what you’ve been working on. The contest this year will begin soon so get your best projects finished and get ready to enter for a chance to win some great prizes!
So which were your favorite projects? Here in classic Tonight Show style, I count down the top 10 DIY projects of 2017…
Spinnakers aren’t just for racers, expert skippers, or rich cruisers.
I show you how to rig your sailboat with an asymmetrical spinnaker in stages that won’t break the bank.
Unless your teak brightwork is crumbling, you can restore it.
The results from my 5-step process will amaze you.
#8 How To Rig a Self-Tacking Jib for Free!
Sailing doesn’t get any easier than with this rigging trick. All you have to do is relax and steer.
If you already have two snatch blocks on board, it costs you nothing.
Cruise under the summer sun more comfortably.
With the tips in this post, you can add a bimini top to your boat that is both affordable and adjustable.
You don’t have to settle for ugly or uncomfortable upholstery.
Get professional results with your home sewing machine and my tips in this post.
Swing keel hardware failures are always a top concern among readers.
This post counts down the five most common points of failure and how you can maintain them and stop worrying about them.
Faster to tie than a bowline and useful all around your sailboat.
Make some in your spare time this winter for $1 each!
Electrical problems on boats come in plagues. The only way to eradicate them is by rewiring.
This post shows you how to do a professional-quality job for less and expand your system with modern accessories.
Don’t assume that you need a solar panel to charge your battery bank!
If your outboard motor can be upgraded with generator coils (or it has them already) and a rectifier/regulator, you can get less expensive, space saving, and more reliable charging.
Stepping the mast is a fundamental skill of all trailer sailors but the multitude of methods and gear options befuddle many sailboat owners.
I show you two similar methods that you can try depending on your physical ability. Both reuse the main sheet tackle for power and a DIY mast crutch. Add the boom for a gin pole and you can almost do it sitting down. High quality videos show you each step in detail.
Those were the most popular posts last year. For a look back into 2016, check out Top 10 DIY Projects of 2016.
You make it all possible
Many of you took the time to email me and introduce yourselves or to ask questions about projects here or that you read about elsewhere. I enjoyed hearing from you and offering suggestions. I look forward to finding out how your own projects turn out.
Lastly, I want to extend my most humble and heartfelt thanks to those of you who used my links to shop on Amazon. Without paying extra, you helped to keep this site free last year for everyone to enjoy. Please continue to use the links when you can.
Sail hard, sail well, sail safe in 2018!
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