Author: Don Launer

Repowering, Part 1 – The Decisions

Repowering, Part 1- the decisions Article taken from Good Old Boat magazine: Volume 5, Number 5, September/October 2002. New engine or rebuild? And should you install it yourself? On a cold February day, Don studies his engine...

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Improve your dodger

Get a grip: Improve your dodger Article taken from Good Old Boat magazine: Volume 4, Number 2, March/April 2001. Handholds are an easy and inexpensive way to increase your security afloat Dodgers are not necessary – that...

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Preparing For The Big Blow

 Preparing for the Big Blow Article taken from Good Old Boat magazine: Volume 5, Number 3, May/June 2002. Don’t wait until it happens; get your boat ready now Photos above and below taken during Hurricane Gloria in 1985....

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Soundproofing 101

Reflection and absorption create quiet on board The iron wind is a fixture aboard most of today’s sailboats. On a typical sailboat the inboard engine lives directly beneath the floor of the cockpit, so sound-proofing the engine...

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Compass errors

Getting a magnetic compass to tell the truth about North By Don Launer Most recreational sailors today navigate their craft using electronic devices. This is all well and good until an electrical failure on board shuts them down...

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Spreaders 101

They hold up the shrouds that hold up the mast Spreaders are struts attached to the sides of a mast to hold the shrouds away from the mast and increase the angle at which they meet the mast. The greater the angle between shroud...

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