A diverse collection of articles written by Leslie Linkkila and Philip DiNuovo.
• “Dinghy Chaps Made Easy”
• “Where There is no Rigger” We were anchored off Panama, making final preparations for crossing the Pacific in our Mason 33, Carina. Philip donned a climbing harness and I cranked him up to the masthead to inspect the rigging. ”Uh oh,” he called down. “What?” I answered. “Its bad, very bad . . .” (a two-part article)
• “Chameleon: A Tender in Two Parts” A nesting hard dinghy that’s enduring and endearing. . .
• “Seizing Slides and Slugs” T hose seizings that attach the slugs or slides to the luff of your mainsail have been slowly chafing. Eventually they will fail. Fortunately, re-seizing slugs or slides is a straightforward process you can master. . .
• “Salvaging a Dream” This is a story of disaster, struggle, despair, and dreams lost. But it’s also one of friendship, creativity, redemption, and triumph through sheer stubbornness. It begins with a cyclone. . .
• “Why Sails Fail” One word, plastics. It’s what modern cruising sails are made of, and plastics are polymers, meaning they are composed of small organic molecules (monomers) chemically bonded together to form very large, very strong molecules. If the bonds are broken, the polymers break down and the material falls apart. . .
• “To Sew, Or Not to Sew” We’re talking about repairing failures: rips, tears, chafe, and broken or lost hardware. But does the sailcloth have sufficient service life left to justify the repair. . .?
• “Sail Repair Essentials” Every sail-repair project is unique, but most require the same techniques, which are easy to master, and employ the same tools. . .