Category: “tools”

Media Madness

There are times on a sailboat when there isn’t much to do. Of course you can read books and there are certainly boat chores… but occasionally it is great to have the option of watching movies or TV. If you are […]

Cigars… Cigarettes?

IMHO the cigarette lighter plug is the worst connector ever invented… and it is even less reliable in a marine environment… BUT IT IS UBIQUITOUS. You can’t beat them here… so no real choice. We found this unit on Amazon.… and it […]

Power To The Peripherals

We have so many devices on board that are hungry for power. iPhones, iPads, BlueTooth speakers, USB batteries (for when we are away from the boat), watches, sex toys (just checking to see if you are paying attention). Fortunately most of […]

The Away Team

When cruising… your choice of dinghy and engine is one that will greatly influence your cruising experience. Just imagine you are travelling on the Starship Enterprise… without a transporter. Your shuttlecraft will determine every planet you can visit and everything you can and can’t […]

Making Lemonade

There has to be a bright side to a rainy day… and thanks to Chantal’s new creative rain catcher… there is. Right now we have been anchored for 4 days waiting for this annoying low pressure system to go away. Thanks […]

Reinventing the Wheel

We bought and installed QuickLine because we thought it would be great for stern anchors or stern ties. After 7 years we have yet to use it for that. On the other hand… it makes a fantastic Jack Line distributor… and that is what […]

Go With the Flow

As you know… one of the greatest mysteries/challenges on a boat involves charging batteries. If you like mysteries… you can move on to the next post. If on the other hand you would like to know how to fix things… you need […]

Something Fishy

We love our aluminum boat. If we EVER decide to buy a new boat… it will be aluminum too. There are so many benefits… but… as you know… everything on a boat is a compromise. The most important concern with an aluminum […]

An Affair of the Hearth

Loyalty is a highly respected trait… when it applies to humans. Apparently all bets are off when discussing loyal appliances. Q came with a reliable stove… but by the time we got to French Polynesia she was visibly ageing.  We met a younger one in a […]


Another one of those ridiculously good investments in safety and convenience. For less than $20 you too can have this amazing collection of metric o-rings… again from our friends at Amazon here. We have had this kit on board for one season […]