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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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Too easy

by Jax 5th Sep 2014 - food
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Here’s one of the recipes from last weeks crossing:

When people are impressed with the food that you make for them you don’t really want to let them in on the fact that it was actually a doodle to make as they will discover just what a lazy fraud you are…However, as the recipe in question is not exactly a big secret, I guess it’s only fair to share.

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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

EmergencyLights

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.

Catches

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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When Dark and Stormy is a good thing

by Jax 14th Jan 2014 - food

January, a month of New Year hangovers (physical and financial) short days, miserable weather and tax return pressure, really doesn’t seem to me the best time to give up drinking as well, aren’t we dispirited enough (pun intended)? – though if that’s what you’re doing, good on you and good luck with that!

DarkandStormy

This January, in particular, was there ever a more aptly named libation than the
‘Dark and Stormy’?

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