From Timber to Tide

This short video by Pixillion is just too good to not share it with you. It was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick recently and has many of the things that I love in it: sailing, woodworking, living simply close to the land, and a soothing acoustic guitar soundtrack. I hope you enjoy it and it inspires…

How to Rebuild an Outboard Motor Water Pump

If you read my post 15 Outboard Motor Maintenance Blind Spots You Can’t Afford to Miss two weeks ago and discovered that the water pump (#7) of your outboard motor is one of your maintenance blind spots, then this post is for you. It’s also for you if you didn’t read that post and you don’t have a clue…

Turn Those Chain Plate Bolts!

Do you have problems with your shroud turnbuckle T bolts or toggles binding or bending when you step your mast? Are the toggles perfectly in line between the T bolts and the chain plate bolts? If not, your chain plate bolts might not be rotated at the right angle for those parts to work the…

Quit Spending Setup Time on Turnbuckles

Turnbuckles are great for tuning your rig but they’re the least convenient way imaginable to loosen and detach the forestay and lower shrouds for unstepping the mast. I vowed long ago that I would quit wasting time on turnbuckles during setup and tear-down. This post is a companion to my previous post How to step a mast single-handed with or without…

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Winch Maintenance

  The winches on your sailboat are the workhorses of your rig. They do the heavy lifting and make your job as skipper easy so you can enjoy the ride. They’re also the most expensive hardware aboard so it only makes sense to take good care of them. In this post, I describe how they…