Category Archives: Sailboat Maintenance

Galley slave

Slow progress is being made in returning the boat to her former self after the recent unauthorised PNYC clean-out. The main challenge, I’m finding, is missing critical tools to perform simple jobs on board. The stove and base were manufactured … Continue reading

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The next job onboard ……. it never ends !

    The closest I can get to my yacht is a …. tractor ! Ok. Ok. 15W40 is 15W40 right. But I ended up with this one because [no, no, not because of the tractor] my YSB12 manual recommended … Continue reading

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Cutting Corners

There’s a continual temptation in life to cut corners, to do as little as possible, to take the path, that in the short term, seems easier. Take my new backing plates for the cleats intended for the genoa sheets……   … Continue reading

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Ready to Retire

I’ve been doing some online hunting to complete my library of manuals for all the systems and gear onboard ocean Blue. Doing a quick Google, as you will, for ST2000 I stumbled across a review of this handy piece of … Continue reading

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South Westerlies

The first real chill of winter has followed this front up to the Vaal. The NW’lies preceding the front gave way to the expected, icy SW’ly at about 10h30 this morning and the mooring field turned a little bumpy as … Continue reading

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Today is “Home-Improvement” Day

All the bits and pieces are cut and glued and today is the day they will be installed. Pity about the forecast though. It looks to be bumpy on the mooring. I hope it all goes in straight! –ooOOoo– It … Continue reading

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Unbeatable Offer from Good Old Boat

I’ve always thought that Good Old Boat matches the South African inland sailing scene quite nicely. While the mainstream sailing media do their thing advertising super-new, super-big, super-expensive dreams the rest of us are quietly getting on with our sailing, … Continue reading

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10da2 Ocean Blue

It’s been a week of challenges! Amongst others, my car has been kept in bondage at the dealership, first, a struggle to get the work authorised by the corporate, and then, a struggle to get the dealer to finish the … Continue reading

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Ocean Blue is back home

After some Sole sUrchin over the last couple of weeks, I’ve decided to move the new old boat, Ocean Blue, back to PNYC. While being on a walk-on at Bayshore is very convenient, there are several factors that make a … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading !!

A good read, especially if you have held the belief that you have to have deep pockets to own and sail a small yacht. This book is full of useful ideas to make your yachting budget stretch that little bit … Continue reading

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