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Keep the bilges dry

I’m sure many of the sailboat owners who keep up on Satori can recall a moment with their own vessel when they realize that this big and beautiful yacht can sink. Not only can it sink, it can sink quickly if there isn’t a way to automatically pump water overboard fast enough to keep up […]

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The author using the Beast to make sail bags. Photos courtesy of Bruce Bateau

Sew what: learning to love sewing machines

I used to squirm when people asked about the stitching on my little sailboat.  “Did you make that?” they’d ask, looking at the sails. Yes, there’s a lot of canvas, cloth, leather, and Dacron sewing work on Row Bird, but I wasn’t entirely responsible for it. “Well,” I’d always say, “if the stitches are straight, […]

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How is your nautical winter weather awareness?

The gale warnings that had been issued for much of Puget Sound over the weekend have been downgraded. Anyway, they weren’t the first of the season and chances are your lines have already been tested and found firm (or wanting, and been replaced, as the case may be!) for our winter storms. And we’ve dodged […]

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How to improve your life with LED

The advent of affordable LED lighting has created a quiet revolution in boating power systems. If you have ever settled down and done the math on your DC-side power system on board, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that the best bang for your buck in increasing your system power capacity comes from creating savings. […]

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Understanding engine overheating problems

Why is the engine overheating? Our Yanmar engine’s shrill alarm was the jarring start to some stressful hours during the last five months, and we asked that question many times. The answer was not one root cause, but more likely a series of related events, as a domino effect of different issues cascaded. I’ve written […]

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