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  • Robb Lovell helps us understand PHRF racing in good old boats
  • Walter Heins talks  dehumidifiers and Drew Frye talks mildew
  • DIY: Tom Young builds a new electrical panel from scratch and William  Weigel shows us what he did with his lifelines to achieve two goals
  • Refit! Carol  Severson brings a MacGregor 26 to life
  • Stock production boats sail around the  world: Fiona McGlynn shows how one sailor  prepped a Tradewind 35 for the race, and Barry Pickthall shows how another readied a Lello 34
  • Do you have a foil-less furling  headsail? You will want one after Hugh Johnston tells about the magic they’ll bring to your sailing life
  • Plus having fun, a wheel wrap, and  much more!

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March/April 2019
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Digital: February 20
Newsstands: February 27

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Restoring the Old Shore Power Cord
by Bert Vermeer

Restoring the Old Shore Power Cord

Over the years, I've often used a sun shower to heat water for onboard showers. If conditions are right, they can get to be too hot to use. But more often, a cooling breeze saps the heat generated by the sunlight, leaving me a lukewarm shower. I experimented with placement of the solar shower, in a bid to protect it from the wind, but shade was then my foe.

Then a friend of mine in the plastics business gave me a strip of Plexiglas, about 6- x 40-inches. I drilled a hole in each end and one along the bottom edge in the middle. I tied a loop of twine to each end hole and a short piece of nylon webbing to the center hole. I use a two-ended flag clip to connect the two twine loops, forming a “U” of Plexiglas. Simply laying this on deck forms a perfect wind break for my sun shower. The weight of the sun shower on the nylon strap keeps the enclosure anchored. When it’s not in use, I unhook the clasp and the whole thing stores flat under a quarter-berth cushion.

The wind break makes a big difference. If I had it to do over again, I might make the Plexiglas slightly wider so that the wind break is taller, say, 8 inches . . . but that would make it harder to store. This works just fine.

Mark Branse is an attorney and former town planner living in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He bought a wooden rowboat when he was 12 and he learned to sail on a friend’s Sunfish when he was 23. In 1976 he bought a Rhodes 22 and sailed her to the Tall Ships Festival in Newport. Eleven years later, while dating his future wife, they bought a 32-foot steel double-ender, believed to be an S&S design. They worked and worked on her to put her in Bristol shape, but only a few years after they finished, she was destroyed by hurricane Gloria. After a respite of a few years, the couple bought their current boat, Rigoler, a 1967 Morgan 34, in 1988. Last year, they held a party at Mason's Island Marina for Rigoler’s 50th birthday and Mark’s 70th!


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Jeanne Socrates Pre-departure mini-documentary

Cavan Lyons, a documentary film student at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Washington, traveled to Victoria, Vancouver, this past August to spend time with 76-year-old Jeanne Socrates ahead of her early-October departure on a voyage that, when completed, will result in Jeanne being the oldest person to ever have sailed solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world (she is already the oldest woman to have completed this feat).

Being a film student, Cavan brought his camera and produced an outstanding 12-minute mini-documentary that really communicates who Jeanne is. After watching it, you’ll feel like you spent the day with Jeanne aboard her boat.

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Book Reviews

Ten Degrees of Reckoning by Hester Rumberg

Ten Degrees of Reckoning: A True Story of Survival by Hester Rumberg
(Putnam/Berkley, 2010; 272 pages; $24.95 hard, $15.00 soft, $12.99 digital)

Review by Don Davies

Rigging Modern Anchors, by Drew Frye
(Seaworthy Publications, 2018;
147 pages, $24.95 print, $9.95 digital)
Review by Robin Urquhart

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Good Old Boat Videos

PHRF 101 Slow Motion Video on YouTube

Check out our latest videos on the Good Old Boat YouTube channel! We're now adding videos regularly. Some videos are supplements to articles in Good Old Boat and The Dogwatch, others will stand alone. In the our January/February issue, for examples, read Robb Lovell's article about PHREF racing for novice racers, and then watch slow motion video by Landon Park of rounding a buoy during a race. We love video because it's like being in the cockpit with them. It's a added perspective we hope you enjoy. Be sure to watch!

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Do you have a video you want to share on our channel? Send michael_r@goodoldboat.com an email.

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