Tricks, Traps and Ideas

Tricks, Traps and Ideas

The Acronyms of Sail Race Scoring
Ever wondered what all those abbreviations and acronyms mean on the results sheet? So did we so we did a bit of research.
Read more ⟶
Tips for the crew member
Apart from actually knowing something about sailing there a some attributes that set a good crew member apart from the others. I would hazard at a guess that the majority of people who crew on yachts are not the rock stars we see on the maxis at the head of a Sydney Hobart or a Fastnet but are crewing on a friend’s or associate’s yacht in social or club racing. The enjoyment of crewing in these environments is quite often not being on the biggest, the fastest or latest but being on a boat that has great crew camaraderie sharing your enjoyment and a skipper that respects you as crew. I have heard these boats described as quiet boats, the shouting is restricted to being heard, not issuance of abuse. Ironically these yachts also tend to be at the pointy end of their respective fleets. Here are a few tips (Still growing) that may help lift the respect you have as a crew member.

Coiling Lines
One of the skills that really sets a competent crew member apart from a passenger is the ability to coils lines. A properly coiled line is easy to deploy, easy to stow and allows uncoiling without tangles and kinks, it also looks good!
Read more ⟶
What is in your pocket
It can be as simple as what is in your pocket that can improve your respect as a crew member from a skipper or owner Carry these items every time you sail.
Read more ⟶
Inflatable PFD Self Servicing
How to service an inflatable PFD (Life Jacket) together with a sample of documentation.
Read more ⟶
Ronstan Clear Start watch self resetting
Why your Ronstan Clear Start watch keeps resetting itself or restarting when you press one of the buttons.
Read more ⟶
Soft Shackles
Soft shackles are a great alternative to knots or metal shackles, they are strong, light weight, easy to operate and in the mind of many safer. This is how to make not the standard soft shackle but in our opinion a better one.
Read more ⟶
Scandvik Cup and Cover Modification
Anyone who owns a boat, or maybe even a RV that has Scandvik shower cups in their pride and joy will also know the frustration when the cover parts company with to cup, here is an easy modification to alleviate that frustration.
Read more ⟶
Volvo Penta D1-30 – 130S Air in raw water cooling system
We recently solved a problem with the cooling system on G-whizz, the symptoms were very low quantity of water from the exhaust and steam from the exhaust at anything above idle when in gear, this is how it got solved.
Read more ⟶
Volvo Penta D1-30 Hard starting problem
We recently solved a problem with the cooling system on G-whizz, the symptoms were very low quantity of water from the exhaust and steam from the exhaust at anything above idle when in gear, this is how it got solved.
Read more ⟶

 

G-whizz Elan 340