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A compilation of all the canvas projects published at The $tingy Sailor, organized, revised and supplemented with scale drawings so you can do them yourself.

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A compilation of all the rigging articles published at The $tingy Sailor, organized, revised and supplemented with clear, original illustrations.

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Describes the conditions and the math that bust the myth about the purpose of the lock bolt. Learn the truth about when and why you should use it. Now FREE!

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The $tingy Sailor blog is about helping small sailboat owners of all levels to get more out of their sailboats—more performance, more comfort, more life, and more fun! Our ebooks contain the very best information about each subject in a compact and easy to read format. They’re also more economical than paper books and environmentally friendly too. Download them onto your smartphone or tablet and take them right onto your sailboat with you for easy reference.

Each ebook is one Adobe PDF file that can be read on any device that is supported by the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application. You can purchase with either a PayPal account or by credit card. After your payment is processed, you can download your ebook immediately with no waiting or shipping. Every ebook comes with a 60 day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you will receive a full refund.


Don’t be intimidated by canvas any longer!

Do-It-Yourself Small Sailboat Canvaswork contains many of the popular and practical canvas projects that you want for your small sailboat:

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  • Lifeline cushions
  • Tiller cover
  • Snap-on gear bags
  • Cabin and cockpit cushion covers
  • Crib board storage bag
  • Foredeck sail bag
  • Cabin curtains
  • Outboard motor cover
  • Winch covers
  • Mainsail cover

Each project contains guidelines, tips, links to DIY videos, or step-by-step instructions that take the mystery away and give you the confidence you need to take your first steps toward canvaswork mastery.

Is This eBook Right for You?

Yes, if you:

  • Think sewing canvas is too difficult for you
  • Have a home sewing machine and know the basic skills to use it or someone who does
  • Want better storage organization
  • Need protection for your gear from the elements
  • Have worn, ugly, or missing seat cushions
  • Want great looking, functional, canvas accessories for your sailboat
  • Like to do it yourself and save money

My article How to Sew Cabin Cushion Covers is the all-time most popular project on this web site but it doesn’t include drawings. This ebook includes 10 scale drawings for that project alone: one for each cushion in the cabin, a bonus cushion for making the salon into one large berth, and a drawing for the cockpit seat cushions. If you like that article, I think you’ll want this ebook.

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This ebook contains projects in a range of difficulty from one piece of canvas and easy, straight, single-row seams up to multiple pieces assembled with double-row seams, curves, corners, zippers, and welting. You can be successful with canvas quickly and progress to bigger projects at your own pace.

Sewing canvas isn’t a dark art and it’s not just for the ladies. All the projects in this ebook use simple methods and readily available materials. After making a few of the projects in this book, you’ll be ready to take on more advanced canvas projects like a bimini, winter boat cover, or making your own sails.

Get Your Copy for Immediate Download

You can buy this second installment in my Do-It-Yourself Series for only $20. Your financial support will help to keep this blog free for everyone to enjoy. I’m so confident that you’ll enjoy your sailboat more and save money with this ebook that, if after reading it you’re not satisfied, I will give you a full refund.

Buying your copy of the PDF file is easy with PayPal or a credit card using the button below.

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After your payment has been accepted, do not close your browser right away. Wait until you are automatically redirected to a page that contains a link where you can download your copy. The ebook will open in your browser where you can save a copy on your device or print it.


Learn the truth about how to operate your swing keel safely

Why Your Swing Keel Lock Bolt Won’t Save You in a Knockdown demistifies the design of swing keels and the common “lock bolt” mechanism for securing them. In easy to understand explanations you’ll learn:

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  • The difference between a knockdown, a capsize, and turning turtle.
  • The truth about the lock bolt, what it’s for and what it’s not for.
  • Whether the lock bolt can produce enough clamping force to hold your keel from accidentally retracting if your C-22 gets knocked down or turns turtle.
  • What can happen with your keel if you hit an underwater object while under sail and what can happen in a knockdown.
  • How to prevent expensive, potentially catastrophic damage from a free-swinging keel.

Is This eBook Right for You?

Yes, if you:

  • Have a sailboat with a swing keel
  • Think the lock bolt is designed to hold your keel extended in knockdown
  • Aren’t sure what the lock bolt is supposed to do
  • Have trouble remembering to use the lock bolt or don’t use it
  • Want to prevent accidentally sinking your sailboat

Written with the help of a licensed professional engineer, it’s the result of weeks of research and mathematical analysis at the level of The Error in a Popular DIY DVD That Will Slow Down Your C-22. If you like that blog post, I think you’ll like this ebook as well.

Start Sailing Smart and Safe

TurtleKeelUsing photos, diagrams, and mathematical equations, this 18-page ebook examines the original intent, the engineering design, and the real-world evidence of the C-22 swing keel. It dispels the myths, conjecture, opinions, hearsay, and misinformation about this important safety issue. After reading this ebook, you will know the facts to sail safely.

Included is a printable lock tag that you can use to remind yourself and your crew when the swing keel is locked and when it is not.

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You can download this first installment in my Myth Busted Series absolutely free! The ebook will open in your browser where you can save a copy on your device or print it.

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Rig your sailboat yourself and save hundreds!

Do-It-Yourself Small Sailboat Rigging contains all of the popular and practical rigging upgrades that you’ll want to make to your small sailboat:

  • Standing rigging including modifications for faster and easier mast stepping
  • Boom topping lift, vang, and downhaul
  • Mainsail jiffy reefing lines, lazy jacks, and outhaul
  • Headsail pendant and downhaul
  • Cruising spinnaker rigging on a budget
  • Tips on leading lines aft to the cockpit for single-handed sailing
  • Running rigging color selection, storage, and more!

Whether you want to: replace aging and questionable rigging,  be able to handle a wider range of weather conditions, or add sail trimming upgrades for more speed and better pointing to windward, this ebook will show you how.

Is This eBook Right for You?

Yes, if you:

  • have an older sailboat with minimal or worn running rigging
  • just purchased a used sailboat and you don’t know the age of the standing rigging
  • want to set up your sailboat for maximum cruising pleasure and performance
  • don’t want to spend any more than you have to but want quality rigging that you can trust

If you like the rigging articles on this blog and want them all in one organized volume that you can refer to when you refit your sailboat, this is the ebook for you.

Become your own rigger today!

DIY Running RiggingRigging a small sailboat isn’t rocket science and it doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. All the projects in this ebook use time-proven methods and materials to give you maximum sailing bang for your hard-earned buck. Besides learning how to install each system, you’ll learn how it works and why it can help you become a better sailor. Numerous photos and illustrations supplement the text.

Get Your Copy for Immediate Download

You can buy this first installment in my Do-It-Yourself Series for only $10. Your financial support will help to keep this blog free for everyone to enjoy. I’m so confident that you’ll enjoy your sailboat more and save money with this ebook that, if after reading it you’re not satisfied, I will give you a full refund.

Buying your copy of the Adobe PDF file is easy with PayPal or a credit card using the button below.

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After your payment has been accepted, do not close your browser right away. Wait until you are automatically redirected to a page that contains a link where you can download your copy. The ebook will open in your browser where you can save a local copy or print it.

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