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Anti-Bird Netting

Use anti-bird netting like this to increase storage on your boat. It comes in a big roll, is fairly cheap and can be used to stow...

Blocks On Toe Rails

Attach blocks to the toe rails and hold them up with bungee cord. Having a number of blocks attached on both sides of the...

Bungee Kitchen Roll

Use bungee cords to keep a roll of kitchen towel handy near the galley. Using bungee cord allows you to keep the roll tight...

Canvas Bags

Use canvas bags to maximise storage in your lockers. Keeping things like clothes, sheets and towels in canvas bags allows you to use every...

Cockpit Organiser

Fed up of having stuff laying around all over the deck? You need a deck organiser, something like this. Ours is one of the smaller...

Dine Under Camping Light

Dine under camping light! Use collapsible camping lights like these to brighten up dinner in the cockpit. They are most effective when hung up on a little...

Doggie Ladder

Does your four legged doggie friend find it tricky to get back into the boat from the water? You need a Paws Aboard ladder.

Fender Clips For Easier Storage

Use little clips to clip your fenders to the lid of your cockpit locker or lazarette. This way, when you are opening your locker,...

Flash Cards In Chart Table

Keep a set of RYA flash cards in your chart table. How well do you remember your day shapes? How about sound signals? We...

Flexible Water Tanks

These can be hidden in your bilges or even behind lockers and cupboards and can increase you water capacity quite a bit, which might...

Free Riding Turns

Riding turns are more a nuisance than a real problem, but can become critical in case of an emergency tack for instance. A riding...

Get Your Stove To Simmer

If your stove is anything like ours, we find it difficult to simmer anything. Either the burner is too low and nothing cooks (or...

Hanging Organisers

Space is always at a premium on a sailboat, and this idea came from Rho, the boat that we’ll be sailing the Fastnet on....

Helm In The Centre?

Sometimes it’s tricky to figure out whether the helm is pointing straight, especially at crucial moments (usually when mooring). Ours has no visual clue...

How To Raft Up

Easier said than done in a packed marina, but it is a good idea to go either a bit forward or a bit backward...

How To Remove Mold

White vinegar kills mold. Use it to clean around the inside of the hatches, bilges and everywhere else that might get wet and badly...

Keep Tools Handy

Use a small tool bag for tools and consumables that cover 80% of the boat jobs that you need to get done, and keep...

Lash Anchor Chain

Lash your anchor chain to the attachment point in the anchor locker using at least 8 loops. This is better than using a shackle...

Lash Guard Wires

Lash the end of your guard wires to the stanchions. Instead of fastening your guard rail wires directly to your cockpit stanchions, lash the end...

Magnetic Gas Level Indicator

Ever wondered how much gas is left in your bottle?   Well, wonder no more. Treat yourself one of these inexpensive magnetic gas level indicators and you'll...

No-Corners Putty Knife

When scraping paint or caulking those precious teak decks, use a file to round the corners of a putty knife. This way it won’t...

Nylon Netting

Use anti-bird netting like this to increase storage on your boat. It comes in a big roll, is fairly cheap and can be used to...

One Winch, One Job

One winch, one job: If your halyards and reefing lines are led back to the cockpit, make sure they’re on separate winches. This way...

Oven cleaner spray to remove paint

Oven-cleaner spray will remove paint and adhesive residue from the gelcoat without damaging it. No need to pay top dollar for marine products.

Prepare your anti fouling

The night before doing a bottom-paint job, turn the can with antifouling upside down and leave it for the night. That way the solids...

Prevent Halyard Chaff

With furling sails, adjust (loosen and tighten) your halyards every couple of days a few centimeters up or down. This will avoid chafing through...

Rigging Knives

Keep a decent rigging knife somewhere accessible in the cockpit. Lashed for instance to the steering pedestal or taped to the inside of a...

RV Gas Detector

Install an RV gas detector. These detectors run off 12 volt, and can sound alarm if you should ever have a gas leak on...

Secure Critical Connections With Rigging Line

Use rigging line as safety for critical connections. Some of the connection points that take a lot of load on your boat will be...

Secure Things With Electrical Tape

Use electrical tape to fix all of your shackles, clevis pins and deck fittings. This will stop the fittings from wiggling loose, but more importantly,...

Secure Your Shackles

Prevent shackles easing themselves open. Use either wire or cable ties to hold them together. We have two big shackles which help secure our...

Shackles And How To Secure Critical Connections

Use rigging line as safety over critical connections. Some of the connection points that take a lot of load on your boat will be...

Silence A Vibrating Topping Lift

Our topping lift vibrates even in the lightest of breezes. It took us a while to figure out where the loud, low-level hum was...

Silicone Container In Your Engine Compartment

Keep a flexible silicone container in your engine compartment. You can use this bucket to capture any excess water when cleaning the water filter,...

Silicone cookware

Silicone cookware: It doesn’t rust, takes up less room, and doesn’t rattle. In fact, it can be used as rattle buffers in your lockers...

Small Tool Bag For Tools And Consumables

Use a small tool bag for tools and consumables that cover 80% of the boat jobs you need to get done, and keep it handy....

Steer Into Waves

In big seas, make sure you steer either into big waves to take the hit forward of the beam, or steer away and take...

Stop Lines Squeaking

Reduce chafe and creaky noises by taking a length of toilet or large garden hose, and slip it over the line that runs through...

Stop The Roll At Anchor

If wind and waves are coming from different directions, your boat will turn bow to wind, and the waves will make your boat rock...

String To Secure Shackles

Have you ever lost a pin to a critical shackle while trying to get the boat ready in a hurry? That’s exactly what happened...

Travel Size Silicone Bottles

Use travel size silicone bottles to keep shower gel and shampoo to save space in your tiny heads compartment. This way you can stow away...

Vacuum storage bags

Use vacuum storage bags (like these) for clothes that you don’t need for a while. Winter jackets, socks, thick gloves - they can all...

Victualing A Boat

Sailing can be a physically demanding activity. Depending on the nature of the sailing (cruise/race), the length of time at sea and the conditions,...

Wago Connectors

If you are like us and you have a boat that is a bit older, you might have found yourself in a situation where...

Weather Forecast

There are many ways to get a weather forecast: shipping forecasts on the VHF, your local yacht club or of course the internet. We...

Whistling tea kettle

A whistling tea kettle: This one is pretty obvious but these kettles are super useful. Because you’re on a boat and something always seems...