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Engage overdrive…

by Adrian 31st Jan 2015 - Caribbean

We’re heading west for the first time in 3 months as we cross from Antigu to St Kitts. It’s a calm day here in the Caribbean with just 5 knots of wind behind us so we’ve engaged the iron sail and are motoring along steadily at 7 knots.

PropIn the world of modern folding propellers, I’m really pleased with the choice we made when fitting out our boat.

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Roaming Solar

by Adrian 24th Jan 2015 - equipment

We’re currently in the Caribbean roaming the seas in a very self sufficient manner. We are making our own water, generating our own electricity, shopping locally and living quite cheaply and well. (We’ll all be reading the Guardian , not washing and wearing dreads soon if we carry on like this!)

(not much chance of that)

Coachroof Solar PanelsOne little modification I made before leaving Las Palmas which is helping considerably was replacing the two 65W factory supplied solar panels built into either side of the coachroof with more efficient 100W mono-crystalline ones.

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Autohelms and power decisions …

by Adrian 14th Aug 2014 - equipment

We’re currently at anchor in Sines and nearly around the bottom corner of Portugal.

Sines, Portugal

Next stop tomorrow is Lagos on the Algarve which is where we finish this leg of the journey south and I head back to the UK for a week before it’s back to do the next bit across to the Canaries. That’ll be fun as it’s quite different and very offshore!

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Every cloud has an adhesive lining…

by Adrian 15th Jul 2014 - equipment

Strange that it may sound, but this stuff is on my recommended supplies list…

20140715-195857-71937713.jpgAdhesive lined heatshrink is rubberised plastic tubing that not only shrinks around an object when heated but the adhesive lining melts to form a watertight seal.

Traditionally used to cover and seal electrical cable joins and cable ends from moisture ingress, I carry a variety of diameters and colours on board for all kinds of protection jobs.

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Recommended Kickstarter Project

by Adrian 14th Jul 2014 - Recommended Stuff

A year ago I backed the development of the original Smartphone wind meter from these guys…

Vaavud Wind Meter 2

It is a great little device that plugs into my iPhone’s headphone socket and tells me the wind speed. It is really accurate and a useful portable backup anemometer.

Well, now they’re expanding and have a 2nd generation design which not only determines the wind speed, but also via some very clever trickery, the wind direction also.

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The importance of knowing what’s normal…

by Adrian 9th Jul 2014 - equipment

Since we departed the UK a week ago we’ve been making a special effort to try out and test everything onboard that we’re going to rely on from now on. This has meant living off grid as much as possible, charging batteries from renewables and the generator, making all our own water and generally relying on the systems I’ve installed and prepared over the last couple of years.

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Emergency Nav Lights

by Adrian 19th Apr 2014 - equipment

Everything important should have a spare… Not just for when something fails, but sourcing decent replacement parts is far more of a problem when away from western internet shopping and reliable postage, so one of my aims in preparing our boat for long distance sailing has been to source good quality spares before we set off


I recently found two interesting sets of spares for nav lights.

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Drawer Safety

by Adrian 9th Mar 2014 - equipment

A quick recommendation for reasonably small and unobtrusive turn button catches to guard against drawers and cupboards bursting open whilst being bashed around in heavy seas.


I know modern push button drawer latches aren’t meant to come open, but believe me, they do, and the resulting crash sounds horrible and picking up the contents in rough seas after they’ve been scattered all around the boat isn’t fun.

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Breakthrough products for digital sailors

by Adrian 20th Nov 2013 - Recommended Stuff

Everyone with a modern Simrad, Lowrance or B&G touch screen plotter and an iPhone, I’d urge you to check out the SeaNav AR app.


I’ve just seen this app in action at the METS show in Amsterdam and talked with the developer. It looks really great and has the potential to really change digital navigation (with all the usual modern-world caveats of course).

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Moo Cards

by Adrian 2nd Nov 2013 - liked

I have to recommend these guys:

Moo Cards

We’ve just ordered a second set of slingthehook cards as after two years we’ve nearly run out of our first batch of 400.

Slingthehook Cards

They are a real example of a website and service well done. It is easy to use, informative and they provide a great product with 21st century customer service.

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