Let’s Knot Argue

Keeping the marital knot tied  (published August 2015) From time to time Jill and I (okay, mostly Jill) are asked by other sailing couples (okay, mostly the women) about getting along on their boats (okay, mostly about the tyrannical behavior of the men).  We reflect on our own experiences and

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The Cold Hard Truth about Refrigeration and Batteries

Switching out our old holding plate system for a modern and efficient evaporator plate unit  (published April 2015) During a few weeks of sailing in the Florida Keys, and just when Jill and I thought we were done with the refit and restoration of our Pearson 424 S/V Regina Oceani,

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The Queen Goes Digital

How we assissted, purchased and upgraded our electronics with the past, present and future in mind  (published January 2015) After three and a half years in a Colorado cornfield, the complete restoration and refit of our Pearson 424 ketch, Regina Oceani (Queen of the Ocean), was almost complete. Trucked 2,000

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Code Zero: Some Gain!

How upgrading our sails and sail handling systems means we get to spend more time actually sailing  (published June 2014) As we finish the complete restoration of our 1981 Pearson 424 ketch, Regina Oceani, one of the last major considerations was a new suit of sails. Nowadays it seems that

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Sew What? Sew Everything!

Learn how to choose materials and sew canvas throughout your boat  (published December 2013) Over the last winter before we took our Pearson 424, Regina Oceani, back to saltwater after three years of refitting in a Colorado cornfield, we focused our work on the topside canvas. SETTING UP Before starting

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A Sole with Soul

Fitting a new cabin sole takes time and careful planning  (published May 2013) When we began the restoration and refit of our Pearson 424, S/V Regina Oceani, on the edge of a corn field in Colorado, some 39 months ago, I promised Admiral Jill, that I would not replace the

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One Word: Plastics

Modern plastic technology meets classic plastic boat-less maintenance on deck, less corrosion below  (published February 2013) Mr. McGuire: “I want to say one word to you. Just one word.” Benjamin: “Yes, sir.” Mr. McGuire: “Are you listening?” Benjamin: “Yes, I am.” Mr. McGuire: “Plastics.” It’s been a few years since

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Bottoms Up!

Employing Coppercoat in the quest for the perfect bottom job  (published December 2012) The restoration and refit of our Pearson 424, Regina Oceani, has a focus on creating a craft that will be safer, more reliable, and—wherever possible—require less maintenance. The finishing of the bottom offers perhaps the best opportunity

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Practice Makes Perfect

Refinishing Regina Oceani's middle-aged hull  (published October 2012) It takes a great deal of bravery, faith and endurance to refinish the hull of a 31-year-old, 42-foot sailboat. And it should be said now: “Caution: The photographs in this article may not be suitable for all boat owners.” But the rewards

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Let the Sun Shine In

The joy of replacing outdated ports  (published August 2012) [caption id="attachment_4709" align="alignleft" width="360"] New ports on outside[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4711" align="alignleft" width="360"] Old port outside[/caption] With the decks painted, more and more things on Regina Oceani, our Pearson 424 ketch, look tired or dated. The plastic and aluminum ports, with plastic

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