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Category: Tips & Tricks

Life aboard: rules and roles.

Like in any family, company or group of people that join to manage their daily life, also life on board needs rules and roles. So parents become the partners of a company and a company’s CEO becomes the master of a ship. But, to make…

The boat launch after winterization

After winter storage it is now time to let our cuddle-eager “baby” have a bath. Let’s see how to prepare it for the launch. As described in the article about winter storage, some steps are similar and have to be repeated before boat launching, while…

Improve safety on board

Many people ask me how to improve their safety and their boat safety equipment. Given that we all have our own navigation style, most of the boats I visit aren’t compliant with their national marine standards for what concerns safety equipment: the liferaft is stuck…

Suggestions on anchorage in bay

A boat anchorage requires careful analysis of two crucial variables: the anchor and the most suitable place for mooring. The choice of the anchor depends on several aspects such as: Shape of the roller and space available on deck; Type of vessel; Navigation programme; Reliability…

A simple trick to unclog a slow sink drain

Sometimes water drain in your bathroom or kitchen sink can be very slow: foam and other debris aren’t be washed away by water but collect at the bottom of the sink. This is not a serious problem yet it’s pretty annoying. I’ve studied the issue…

Internet on board: how to connect in and offshore

A fast and reliable onboard connection is a major advantage for the modern sailor. Weather forecasts are available in real time and you can also work on board your boat. This article explores the main connectivity options when sailing in- and offshore, in Italy and…

Review: Fuel meter kit

Osculati code: 27.160.00 I gladly tested the sensor of the 27.160.00 kit as I found myself having to replace the old sensor in the second diesel tank, which was a capacitive one. The Osculati sensor I tested is a resistive-type tilt bar sensor.  As I…

Vade mecum for sailboat dry storage

  Once the season of joy has come to an end, here it comes the season of troubles…. Those who have to separate from their beloved boat for some months often have to beach and winterize it. Here is the step-by-step procedure.   • Remove…

Guide: onboard batteries

Batteries are the heart of the electrical system: they start the engine and power all the boat electrical devices (lights, electric instruments, radio, fridge, etc.). These two fields of application are markedly different: engine starting needs very high currents (up to 700-900 Ampere) for a…

Guide: lifejackets

A diligent sailor always wears a lifejacket. Very often, however, due to summer heat or as sailors usually consider themselves experts, this important equipment lies forgotten in the locker. In countries which benefit from a widespread nautical culture such as France and Great Britain the…

Tips & tricks: Mooring lines

In the choice of mooring lines what is important is not to underestimate the role they play. As it is when your boat is at dock, or lies at anchor or tied-up that you really put it at risk! Massive damage are caused by a…