Releasing seized nuts and bolts by heat
Bolts and nuts, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment.
How to cut out a large round hole
Cutting out a hole larger than the largest hole saw fitting can be daunting. It is very difficult to hand cut with a jig saw unless it is very large.
Marking out and cutting a round object such as an oar, boom or mast etc.
Accurately marking out a square line on a round object and then cutting it is not a simple task. It is far more likely to go wrong than right.
Undoing seized nuts and bolts in an awkward position aboard your vessel
Seized fastenings in difficult areas are a common encounter on a sea going vessel.
How to whip
Whipping is a another line handling technique that requires some learning and time to implement.
Getting up the mast solo or where the assisting crew member is challenged for strength
Going up the mast single handed, or indeed supported by someone who is not very strong, is not an easy task and very dangerous. With no one to support the single hander, or with someone who is able do little more than tension a safety line, the person going aloft is totally reliant on their own strength to pull themselves up.
Keeping lines in place, the figure of eight.
Lazy line ends have a tendency to fly out through blocks up and out of masts.
The trick to coiling ropes
Coiling ropes looks simple, but when it comes to actually tying it the rope fights the coiling and never lays flat to make those beautiful even coils. Most all my early attempts looked like a recoded impression of the path an atom makes around the nucleus rather than the beautifully coiled ropes that instruction books present.
The clove hitch, the most convenient knot aboard
Sailing is a world is of knots, bends, hitches, loops etc. The bowline is the king of the multi-purpose knots, and the one to learn first. But although functional in most every circumstance it can be cumbersome in many situations.
How to identify water leaks in pressurised freshwater systems
Pressurised water systems load up freshwater pipes and joints. Often small leaks can develop typically at joints. It can be very difficult to detect where these leaks are.
Undoing seized nuts and bolts by adding additional leverage to spanners
Seized fastenings are a common encounter whilst carrying out maintenance, overhaul or repair on a sea going vessel.
The trick to inserting a new water pump impeller
Flexible rubber impeller pumps are the most common mechanism to cool yacht engines. However the rubber impeller wears and requires regular replacement. This can prove to be difficult, particularly so for larger pumps where the vanes can be disagreeably stiff or when the pump housings is difficult to address in the confines of an engine compartment.
A simple splice for light braided line
Splices are convenient but can be daunting to master.
Freeing up bolts, screws and nuts with penetrating and cutting oils
Bolts, screws and nuts, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment.
Fitting a PL259 aerial connector to coaxial cable
A high quality VHF installation is required to maximise reception and reduce interference. However cabling connections revolve around implementing PL259 plugs that appear daunting and may lead you to call on expensive specialist help.
A very useful general purpose knot, the round turn and two half hitches.
Sailing is a world is of knots, bends, hitches, loops etc and can be daunting. But a handful of knots will suffice. The bowline is the king of the multi-purpose sailing knots, and the one to learn first. After that, our circumnavigations’ most convenient knot was the clove hitch. But it is worth spreading out to a few more general purpose knots.
Undoing very tight screws
Screws, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on a sea going vessels.
A simple means to connect to lines and cables and support a parallel load
Connecting to a cable or line and supporting a parallel load is not an easy task and few knots can do it without slipping down the line.
Enlarging an existing round hole
Enlarging an existing round hole can present a challenge. Round holes are typically cut out by a hole-saw mounted on a drill. However a pre-existing hole lacks the infill for the piloting bit to centre the saw blade. This makes it impossible to use a hole-saw to cut enlargements.
Making secure and easy end joints
Wood screws tend not to bite securely into an end grain making it difficult to make strong end-joints with wood screws alone.
Releasing a sheered off bolt by welding
Bolts and nuts, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment. Apply just a touch too much pressure and the heads can sheer off leaving a seized and often inaccessible bolt shaft.
The single most important sailing knot to learn, the bowline
Sailing is a world of knots, bends, hitches, loops etc each specifically targeted at roles. However there are too many to learn, unless you take pleasure in the art, and for a starter trying to get to grips with rope handling can be daunting.
Shocking a seized nut free
Nuts, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment.
Making it easier to keep a yacht’s varnished wood trim in good condition.
Most yachts have varnished wooden details that are exposed to the elements. This degrades quickly if the protective varnish coat is damaged and water is allowed to work its way into the wood.
Mast tuning made simpler
Altering or tuning a mast is typically achieved by moving about the boat rotating the bottle screws. Tightening and loosening the mast is an art that is frustrated by each bottle screws lay-up determining which way they turn to achieve the desired effect.