Heads bilge pump

Inevitably, water sometimes appears in the bilges and needs to be dealt with. Sponging out is laborious and time consuming if there is a substantial amount – I recently struggled to replace the log impeller blank and took on quite a lot of water into the bilge. There is also a sensible recommendation in the... Continue Reading →

Galley sink drain

Ever since the purchase of my trusty Southerly 135, I have had an irritation with a fickle galley sink drain. Sometimes it runs away with alacrity and yet, sometimes the dishwater just sits there, seemingly forever. The problem has defied cleaning bleach and the handy plunger but it has never been at the top of... Continue Reading →

Snag avoidance

Having fitted two  new jammers each side of the companionway to supplement the existing three while in Barcelona, I was keen to add additional organisers on the coach-roof to deal with the additional lines. Ideally I wanted to over-mount double units but unfortunately, the existing Lewmar  items were obsolete. The very helpful Chandler in Barcelona... Continue Reading →

Rain Shields

Ventilation for cooling in warmer climates is always a challenge, particularly at anchor where the Air Conditioning is less practical. Leaving the coach roof port lights open is an option but sometimes a mistake as the 14 on the Southerly 135 open inwards and are angled so that, especially in the Caribbean where a torrential... Continue Reading →

Propspeed testimonial

Having really struggled to find a solution to propeller fouling that actually works, I am compelled to broadcast what is, without doubt, the best I have experienced. My propeller was treated with Propspeed in 2016 and was immersed for 15 months before lifting in February 2018. There was absolutely zero fouling on the prop and... Continue Reading →

Sea water pump failure

This ‘tale of woe’ has nothing to do with the Southerly but has several lessons which can be drawn from the salutary experience and I hope that by recounting the story, others will be better able to deal with any similar problems should they arise. In the late 1990’s, I decided that it was time... Continue Reading →

Watermaker Intake

When I bought my ‘used’ 135, I commissioned Northshore to carry out some work which I felt would benefit from the epithet ‘Installed by the original builders’ should I come to sell the vessel in the future. Other elements of the Northshore work certainly warrant dedicated articles but my recent Atlantic circuit has prompted this... Continue Reading →

Fans

The addition of 12V sockets in strategic locations to power electric fans has proved to be a real winner. When anchored in the tropics or when the only shore power is American 60Hz precluding the use of the AC, the cooling provided by the fans is a real boon. We have found that the traditional... Continue Reading →

Chafe

When running downwind, it is usual to hold out the jib using the spinnaker pole or the whisker pole. The sheet ‘works’ across the end of the pole as it stretches and this, over a period of time can badly damage the sheet. Our solution was to ‘serve’ some dymeema outer sleeving over the sheet... Continue Reading →

Security Bars

The very helpful international web site for cruisers 'Noonsite' , the more specific Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) and the Caribbean Security Index (CSI) carry advice and catalogue incidents involving cruising yachts. I guess if you read reports of crime from around the world, you would not travel and the cruising fraternity, with the advent... Continue Reading →

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