Articles by Ed Zacko

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Enjoy this collection of articles written by Ed Zacko.  All articles were published in Good Old Boat magazine from 2010 through 2019

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A diverse collection of articles written by Ed Zacko

  • The Case for the Light-air Mainsail  Ed Zacko names his light-air mailsail Mainster and tells us about its design and use.
  • Fire Aboard!  While waiting for a pot of water to boil, Ellen tried to get a jump on the next day’s varnishing. She opened a gallon can of denatured alcohol and began to pour some into a 2-pint bottle…
  • Tight and Tidy Sails  Mainsail reefing systems vary in detail but have one problem in common: what to do with the excess lines from the reef-clew outhauls…
  • On Watch in All Weather  I threw a companionway seat together using materials I had lying around. It turned out far better than I dreamed…
  • Entr’acte’s Bubble of Comfort   Returning to the bubble-turret concept, I came up with a nifty solution to cold-weather watches…
  • Dead in the Water   Smoke begins pouring from the engine room vents as we fight a current on the River Seine…
  • An Engine with a Fever   I inspected the engine very carefully to avoid further problems with blockages…
  • AIS for the Rest of Us   There are three basic forms of AIS: Class A and Class B transponder units, which send and receive information, and receive-only units with no class designation…
  • The Ship’s Log   Entr’acte’s log, which began on her launch date April 1, 1980, now fills 37 beautifully bound volumes…
  • The Storm Trysail  Setting a trysail in heavy weather is not only about taking off sail area, it’s also about getting rid of the boom…
  • Roll, Roll, Roll My Boat … No More!   A flopper stopper makes untenable anchorages amenable…
  • Battling With Ball Valves   Ed explains the differences between the types of ball valves and why he has chosen to use a tried and true one…
  • Refurbishing an Aging Furler   Anyone can repair a ProFurl furler with simple parts available at an auto parts store. Ed shows how with step-by-step photos.
  • The Rata of Seville   A ravenous rat unites a community while wreaking havoc on board…
  • Torquology   Set fasteners to the right tightness with a torque wrench.