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Installing a wireless kill cord
As I often sail solo I am worried that if I were to fall overboard the boat would just continue onwards without me. This device, that I wear, will cut the engines off if I do get separated from the boat. January 2021
OLAS wireless kill cord.pdf
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How to make and fit a high water alarm
In this article I describe how I made a high water alarm in case the bilge pumps are overwhelmed. PBO Jan 2021
Bilge Alarm.pdf
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Installing a chain counter
I find a chain counter very useful and here I describe how I fitted one. PBO August 2020
Installing a chain counter.pdf
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Checking the DSC works in your radio on your boat
Pressing the red distress button is the first thing you do when you are in grave and imminent danger. This article tells you how to test the system.
Testing the DSC on your boat.pdf
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First 100 hours of our Nimbus Let's Go
First 100 hours.pdf
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The time my impeller went
I was anchored off cannes and the impeller went - I had a spare or so I thought!
Rescue off Cannes.pdf
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Book Review
In this Tried and Tested section I review two books on Celestial Navigation
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Replacing Hydraulic Steering pipes Shiraz
PRAC Hydraulic hoses holed and r.pdf
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800 miles by iPhone
A very early description of the use of portable devices (phones, tablets) to navigate your boat
800 Miles by iPhone.pdf
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Fitting solar panels to a Merry Fischer 855
A how to do it article. Fitted these solar panels so my grandchildren could come and stay on the boat for three days in Ryde Harbour with no plug in.
PBO fitting solar panels.pdf
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How to berth in windy conditions in the Mediterranean
Windy berthing.pdf
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Satellite Trackers
Satellite Trackers.pdf
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Mediterranean Mooring
A how to do Stern to Mooring - hopefully well! PBO May 2020
PBO med mooring GRP Comments.pdf
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AIS and Installation Guide
How to choose an AIS unit and how I installed it in Shiraz. PBO June 2020
PBO AIS guide and installation.pdf
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What's the charge - PBO 52 -53
In this article I describe how to fit a battery charge indicator.
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Receiving weather forecasts offshore
Using a shortwave receivers to receive weather forecasts
I was busy preparing for my Ocean Yachtmaster and decided I needed to receive weather forecasts offshore, away from VHF. A Marine Shortwave Radio or Satellite system would have been very expensive for the one or two days I needed it. This article shows another cost effective way
Receiving Weather.pdf
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Engine Health Check PBO 2021 58 - 59
An article for PBO about how to care for your engine. It treats the engine as if it was a patient
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Don't carry flares
My view on the use of pyrotechnic flares - very few reasons to keep on board your boat. There are better electronic pieces of equipment
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How to replace the tubing for the heads
Not a very savoury topic, but asked by PBO if I could help with this how could I refuse! Read on for more.
Replacing head tubing.pdf
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Storm Eunice hits home
Storm Eunice was violent storm, even in Emsworth at the top of Chichester Harbour it was ferocious. Several boats were damaged and this article reflects on the lessons learnt while they were made safe.
Storrm Eunice hits home.pdf
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Let's Go with the Grandchildren
Towards the end of the Newsletter is an article about sailing with my Grandchildren
Let's Go with the Grandchildren.pdf
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Practical Small Articles

Supporting a boat cover
Poles supporting boat covers only need to move a little bit and they are forced to fall over, rendering them useless. This simple fix stops this starting.
Cover pole support.pdf
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Measuring the height of tide with a ladder.
On my mooring there is a ladder. It is invaluable to use the rungs as a depth gauge.
Using rungs to measure depth of tide.pdf
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Cradling a mobile
Finding a holder for my phone with its cover on was impossible - so I made one. PBO September 2020
Cradling a mobile.pdf
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Holding difficult nuts
The most difficult part of installing the radar on Merry Fisher was starting the nuts on the radar mount in the roof. In the end the solution was a pipe cleaner!
Nutty solution.pdf
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Using Mnemonics
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Black Fender and Champagne Corks
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Marina Check List
visiting sardinia I noticed my lack of Italian! So when checking in the boat I made a pro forma that gave them details aut me and the boat and allowed me to ask questions about where is the laundrette etc.
PBO Marina Check List.pdf
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Fitting remote kill cord
I am always afraid of falling off the boat when I am alone as the boat may just carry on by itself, leaving me in its wake! This Plan device will switch off the engines if it looses contact with my wrist tag.
PBO remote kill cord .pdf
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The Joy of sextants
My first contacts with a sextant and how I used it and then learnt about celestial navigation.
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Are flares dangerous ineffectual or both
Discusses the modern day alternatives to flares
PBO271.Flares_and_safety .pdf
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Receiving weather forecasts offshore
While preparing for a long trip offshore I worked out how to receive weather forecasts using a standard SSB radio
PBO273.Receiving_weather V2.pdf
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About our boats

Sardinia for lunch
We enjoyed our summer in 2019 on the boat even more so because we made a diversion to Olbis in Sardinia to have lunch with some friends on an island
Sardinia for Lunch.pdf
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The MBY Fleet - initial article
It was a great privilege to be allowed to write about Let's Go as one of "Our boats" in MBY. This first article describes an autumn trip around the French Western Med
Our Boats.pdf
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The MBY Fleet Lock down Slow down
Because of Lockdown I couldn't get to France to use Let's Go. MBY let me write articles about my Merry Fisher instead.

Just before the first lockdown I did an Ocean Yachtmaster Course. I had to prepare to travel at 6 knots instead of my usual 17 to do this. I used the period immediately after lockdown to travel a long distance at this speed. I also used Lockdown to work out what anchor I needed. MBY Nov 2020
Lock down Slow Down.pdf
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Picking up our new Sealine
Our Boats Sealine C330.pdf
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Surviving Cold shock
What happens to you when you fall into a cold sea
PBO cold shock.pdf
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Dealing with serious emergencies at sea
Medical emergencies.pdf
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Having fallen overboard how do you manage the problem?
Recovered MOB.pdf
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Loosing my mind
I suffered an event called Transient Global Amnesia while sailing my boat around Pointe du Raz. It was a bit frightening for Maire, but not for me!
LFE April.pdf
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Loosing my mind 2
I suffered an event called Transient Global Amnesia while sailing my boat around Pointe du Raz. It was a bit frightening for Maire, but not for me!
INFD proof.pdf
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Dog using a paddle board
MBY Dog Paddle Board.pdf
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Motorhome Articles

Christmas in a motorhome
In the summer I sail, in the winter I use my motorhome. Christmas in Cahoots France and the trip around it is something to remember
Christmas in a motorhome.pdf
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Gas attacks on motorhomes
Many people became worried that while they were asleep in their motorhomes they would be made unconscious by ether sprays. Fake news
Gas Attacks.pdf
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New Zealand by motorhome
We spent a month in a motorhome touring around both islands that make up New Zealand. Great trip.
Motorhome in New Zealand.pdf
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Buying Our New Motorhome
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Other articles

Taking vertical panoramic pictures for a calendar
Not as easy as it sounds, especially as it was done with film - not dogota;;y.
Vertical Challenge.pdf
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Adrenalin is 100
Adrenalin's 100th birthday, written for the magazine Adrenalin
Adrenalin is 100.pdf
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