Category: “tools”

Floor Show

When we first came on board Q… there were units like this. We didn’t understand why. We assumed that they could be used to hold on to the hull while cleaning it. It wasn’t too long before we wanted to lift […]

Head Not Hands

We have… by conservative estimates… dozens of LED flashlights on board…but the one I use ALL the time is this headlight. I would NEVER leave home without one. Any headlight must: be light and comfortable have a red option start in […]

Soldering On

Connectors are quick but solder is forever. This used to be our favourite soldering iron. It heats up quickly… does a great job of soldering… and as bonus it has an outlet on the soldering tip that does a great job […]

Liquid Launch

There are several liquids that we find incredibly useful on board. Let me highlight our 3 favourites at the moment: T-9 is a fantastic treatment for metal that is (or is considering) rusting/corroding. It has saved us on so many occasions… and […]


When we read that the Iridium Pilot could use any POTS (Plain Ordinary Telephone Set). My gadget brain immediately thought that a wireless phone could be useful… perhaps with 2 handsets… and headsets. I was right. Not only can we wander […]

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We used to have a FindMeSpot which was great at the time… but the Delorme InReach unit we have now is a significant improvement. Here are the benefits: this unit uses the Iridium satellites so works EVERYWHERE we can send our […]

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 […]