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Tips & Tricks

Tips and tricks to sail at your best

Anchoring manoeuvres

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)Any boat, of all kinds and dimensions, is provided with a range of anchoring, mooring and capstan equipment. Quantity and complexity of the equipment depend on the boat length and the effort to resist. The external environment i.e….

Cleaning of water and fuel tanks

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)When the pleasure boating season is almost over and you’re going to winter store your boat, no matter whether wet or dry storage, one of the most common and needed procedures is cleaning the water and fuel tanks….

Safety on board: briefing is important

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)No matter you take a sailboat or a motorboat, with friends or for business, safety on board is always crucial and everyone agrees on a good briefing before leaving the port: just like when you step on an…

Rigging and mast cleaning and lubrication

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)Shrouds and mast are considered among the most reliable components of a sailboat. Not many other items convey the same feeling of being reliable. And maybe this is why their maintenance is often overlooked. However, service them regularly…

Engine maintenance: cleaning and servicing

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)To keep your boat engine in good working order, it is good practice to perform all servicing activities. Regular engine servicing prevents unforeseen events and failures, also serious, that could put the season at risk or compromise safety…

Review: underwater LED light

This post is also available in: Italiano (Italian)Osculati code: 13.640.01 The item comes in a nicely made box including instructions and screws for installation, like any other product by Osculati. I tried item number 13.640.01, a light designed for hull mounting: drill a bore large…

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…