Tips, Tricks, Traps and Ideas

Tips, 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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Inflatable PFD Self Servicing
How to service an inflatable PFD (Life Jacket) together with a sample of documentation.
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Ronstan Clear Start watch self resetting
Why your Ronstan Clear Start watch keeps resetting itself or restarting when you press one of the buttons.
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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.
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Solar for trickle charging
RedArc 27 watt solar blanket Solar is a great way to keep electricity supply at operating levels, the amount of solar collection is dependent on each individual’s power requirements, ours is at the lower level. This is how we installed a flexible trickle charging system.
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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.
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Volvo Penta D1-30 – 130S Sail Drive
From time to time we have issues with our auxiliary power plant, fortunately they are generally quickly resolved. Here are some of those issues, how they were resolved together with a few observations.
Volvo D1-30 raw water flow 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.
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Volvo D1-30 hard starting fixed
After a race on G-whizz we had trouble starting the iron spinnaker, it would fire after lots of cranking then die with the slightest bit of throttle, the problem was surprisingly simple, in cause and rectification.
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Volvo D1-30 won’t rev under load
A friend raised a problem with their D1-30 that would not rev, we had had a similar problem with ours that made the diagnosis easy and for them to get their problem solved.
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