Great Boat Books #1 – Born to Win

Great Boat Books #1 – Born to Win

Born To Win - John Bertrand The America's Cup - 1983 The most exciting  boat book ever? Books written around boats and sailing can be many things, informative, inspiring perhaps, part of a broad education even, but they are rarely edge-of-the-seat stuff. This book about John Bertrand and how he and his team won the America's Cup in 1983 is gripping stuff - it reads like a thriller. John Bertrand lead the Australian team that broke America's 132 year winning streak - the longest in sporting history. The boat, Australia II, of the 12 meter class, was revolutionary with it's…
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Know Your Boat

Know Your Boat

  This article originally appeared in Sailing Today magazine as Blue Water Diesels - an article about preparing a boat and her crew for long distance cruising... Man has long been inclined to head off over the horizon and explore. The motivation and the risks have changed over time - today it is about adventure and fulfilment rather than empire building and wealth creation - and your crew probably won’t get scurvy and Teredo navalis isn't going to compromise your yacht. Technology has mitigated many of the challenges faced by mariners of old and has made passage making easier and…
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Yacht Cooling Systems

Yacht Cooling Systems

All about Antifreeze Afloat...   The use of antifreeze in yacht cooling systems used to be simple – you just mixed the lurid green stuff 50:50 with water and chucked it in. You changed it every two years if you were feeling indulgent and the world was a simple, kindly place… Then it all got complicated, and it really is complicated now. In the name of extended service intervals the manufacturers got all fancy and started messing with antifreeze. Antifreeze basically has two components, three if you count the water. The actual non-freezing quality of antifreeze comes courtesy of glycol,…
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