All posts by jameschantal

Up Up and Aweigh

Q came equipped with a wired remote for the anchor windlass. The wire kept getting caught around things and never seemed long enough. We thought it might be more convenient to have a wireless unit like the one we had on […]

Sailing Fans

It would be hard to find a single more important accessory on board Q. We have at least one in every room. They draw very little current… and are almost ESSENTIAL to sleeping/surviving in tropical heat. Hands-down the most important contributor to […]

Size Matters

I suspect that if we had never visited the Annapolis Strictly Sailboat show our boat would float at least 2 inches higher. This was one of our more recent acquisitions. It is very hard to give you a real evaluation of […]

Garbage Home

As you are no doubt aware… space is a very precious commodity on a small boat. When we got Q… Chantal immediately found a better use for the space under the sink… as storage for pots and pans. For the next 7 years garbage wandered […]

The Cold Seat

Q came with a refrigerator but not a freezer. We toyed with several ways to install one and decided that we would try the least expensive and least invasive idea first. SO glad we did. This Waeco has served us very well […]

Visible Means of Support

Q came equipped with some great Lewmar products. Unfortunately the binnacle is NOT one of them. It is subject to a design error that Lewmar has admitted to on more than one occasion. It is just that they haven’t DONE anything about […]

Do Point

One of the most useful tools on board Q costs less than $20. It is FAR more accurate and useful than the MUCH more expensive marine instruments that we bought from Weems and Plath (but not made of brass). What does […]

Straight Flush

There are many mysteries that make life more fun and interesting. The surprise of a full holding tank is NOT one of them. All the tanks on Q are made of aluminum (like everything else) so unlike plastic tanks… their contents […]

Mirror Mirror…

We don’t want you to think that we are narcissists… but from time to time it is useful to look at yourself. Apparently something the designers at Alubat did not understand. Adding a few mirrors to the bathroom, shower and clothes cupboards made […]

Take Cover!

Cleaning winches is NOT one of my favourite tasks. There are so many little parts to potentially lose! Looking for winch handles in the dark is not fun either. Bugs in the bedroom are certainly no fun. This elegant solution deals […]