This is the first part in a series of articles by Jude Binder covering useful tips and tricks for the cruising sailor.Use a Noodle – get rid of those annoying rattles and clunks
Apart from being a great aid for swimming lessons, there are many good places to use pool noodles. Cut it quickly with a breadknife. It’s not necessary to cut it exactly to size. The noodle compresses so it can be pressed into the space. A 70 mm diameter noodle fits most cups, mugs and glasses. 1) Position mugs on the shelf. 2) Mark around the outside leaving enough space for the handles. 3) Cut 30 mm slices. Centre and glue down with contact.Anti-skid on stair treads
Instead of non-skid tape, these treads have been sanded. Sand is more durable than anti-skid tape which tends to wear unevenly and can look scruffy in highly trafficked areas. Unlike anti-skid tape that sometimes lifts at the edges, there’s no chance of that happening when using sand.
1) Abrade the entire tread. 2) Mask around the area to be made anti-skid. 3) Varnish the masked area then sprinkle heavily with sand – new blasting sand is best. 4) Allow to dry 24 hrs. 5) Remove tape and brush away loose sand. 6) Completely varnish over the whole tread, stippling well into sanded area.
Tip: Pour a small amount of varnish into a can or container to use, so as not to contaminate the good stuff with sand.About the Author
Jude Binder has more than forty years experience finishing and maintaining vessels and fine timber furniture. She is also an accomplished sailor with 150,000 miles under sail, so she knows what stands the test of time. She learned how to organize, victual, and manage a ship by living continuously afloat for sixteen years, educating her two sons while sailing to over eighty countries.
In 2005 Jack and Jude completed a total refit of Banyandah after removing the existing accommodation and machinery. Although Banyandah had been a near perfect cruiser, she had been worn out from her many thousands of miles while raising two children afloat.
This refit gave us the opportunity to implement improvements learned over those years. Since that refit another great chunk of sea miles have passed under her keel and once again she has proven to be a very safe, easily worked ship. The best, easiest to implement ideas are illustrated inside these articles and several more fill her book, “Practical Boat Bits and Tips.”