Tag Archives: engine

Dealing With Dirty Fuel

dirty fuel

  Bound for the Windward Islands from the Bahamas, perhaps via the Dominican Republic and the Mona Passage, you’ll often find the subject of dirty fuel at the top of the agenda over those keenly awaited sundowners. It was mid-March. …

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What Would You Do if Your Engine Failed?

Motor-sailing through a cut can be scary enough - but what if your engine fails? Photo by Rosie Burr

A recent problem with our engine while in the middle of the shallowest and most coral-ridden areas in the Bahamas, forced us to sail without the help or convenience of our iron topsail. The problem has long since been resolved but …

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The Crab Pot Conundrum

Photo by Captain Robert Beringer

Put some crabs on the table and I’ll be first there with a mallet and bib. Steamed and spiced, hot from the galley, I savor every tasty morsel of this beautiful swimmer. So it would be hypocritical to denigrate the …

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Engine Alignment: A Smoother Ride

Engine alignment starts here. Photo by Sim Hoggarth

A long time has passed since I moved up from Laser dinghies and Hobie Cats to my first little cruising boat, a Hurley 22, with crazed hatches, faded teak and, joy of joys, a smoky old inboard diesel. I polished and …

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Fish, Fruit and Heavy Metal

Photo: Dean Barnes

Caribbean fruit is a wonder to behold and most people visiting a local market for the first time are taken aback by the strange yet wonderful goodies on display. What are they? What do you do with them? Are they …

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