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Tips & Tricks

Tips and tricks to sail at your best

Life aboard: rules and roles.

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

Review: Kit to cover steering wheels with leather

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)Osculati item code: 65.527.01 I have had the pleasure to test this kit supplied by Osculati in a convenient display packaging containing all what is necessary to cover a steering wheel: N. 2 strips of pre-punched leather, needles…

The boat launch after winterization

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

Improve safety on board

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

Suggestions on anchorage in bay

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

A simple trick to unclog a slow sink drain

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

Review: Bath telescopic ladder

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian) Osculati code: 49.541.74 Stainless steel bath ladders by Osculati are very interesting products. The one I tried is item 49.541.74. Made of telescopic elements, it’s convenient, and it can be fully folded after use fastening the steps…

Osculati antifouling paints: how to choose the right product

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)Any boat left in water longer than a fortnight needs to be treated with antifouling paints. The growth of algae and fouling organisms causes increased fuel consumption, performance reduction and, on a longterm basis, phenomena of osmosis with…

Internet on board: how to connect in and offshore

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

Review: Fuel meter kit

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)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…

Review: Free-standing watertight LED light fixture

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)Osculati code: 13.192.20 This interior light comes in the traditional packaging by Osculati, including installation accessories and instructions, also printed on the package. I took item 13.192.20 as a sample. It’s got a curved rubber-lattice base ideal for mounting…

Vade mecum for sailboat dry storage

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)  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…