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The flattering folks at Latitude 38 and ‘Lectronic Latitude have done it again! They’ve published another Resourceful Sailor piece and I am grateful for it. This one is about the resourcefulness of the people who live and travel in the Arctic, a place I hope to visit again this summer. We are on our way and with all the challenges such a trip encounters. A special thanks to Monica and the staff… Read More

The 2022 expedition I have joined through the Northwest Passage this summer is about to get underway. If successful, it will be my second transit. The first in 2019 was east to west. This second attempt will be west to east. Leaving from Anacortes, WA, it will be quite some time before we reach the Bering Strait, the actual beginning of the Passage, with a hopeful arrival to France in September. If… Read More

If you live on a boat during the winter, in the Pacific Northwest for example, you know it requires constant condensation management. The Resourceful Sailor explains one modification he undertook on Sampaguita, a Flicka 20, to increase air circulation, mitigate condensation, and promote drying in an article published by Latitude 38‘s online magazine, ‘Lectronic Latitude, on April 25th, 2022. Now is a good time to do some spring cleaning and take notes… Read More

The southeasterly wind was perfect! Under full main and jib, Sampaguita, a Flicka 20, charged toward the starting line for the Cruising Two class, just under hull speed and close-hauled. One hand on the tiller, one on the mainsheet, Olivier luffed the main in the gusts to keep the rail out of the water. I fine-tuned the jib. The sound of the water rushing by would charm any old salt as we sat… Read More

When faced with the dilemma of how to install a lee cloth on a small boat, The Resourceful Sailor decided a lee net was more suitable. It was more versatile, less costly, and more adaptable to Sampaguita‘s anchoring options. This is the subject of the latest installment published by Latitude 38 and ‘Lectronic Latitude on March 21, 2022. I can’t thank Monica and the crew enough for their support.

Sometimes with boats, you have to think outside of the box. The tool box, that is. The latest installment of The Resourceful Sailor does just that in an effort to remove the external chainplates from Sampaguita. The full article was published on February 18, 2022 on ‘Lectronic Latitude, the online version of Latitude 38. A special thanks to Monica and the crew for keeping the column alive. Click below for the full… Read More

What do you do when your aging sailboat hardware needs rebuilding or replacing? The Resourceful Sailor takes a look at some of the possibilities using the Schaefer round bar traveler as an example in, A Traveler’s Story. A special thanks to Latitude 38 and ‘Lectronic Latitude for publishing it on January 24, 2022. It takes a look at rebuilding an oldie, but goodie found on Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20s. Thank you for… Read More

Looking for a little more light in the cabin? How about a better view from down below? There’s a new Resourceful Sailor installment, Transparent Drop Boards, which highlights how I made acrylic drop boards for Sampaguita, a 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20. The full article was published in Latitude 38‘s online magazine, ‘Lectronic Latitude, on January 5, 2022. Thank you for checking it out, and special thanks to Monica and the crew,… Read More

A new Resourceful Sailor Series installment is here! After a rig refit, the mast of Sampaguita, a Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, needed to go back up. Could it be done at the dock? Could it be done single-handed? You betcha. Latitude 38‘s online magazine, ‘Lectronic Latitude, has published “Raising the Mast of a Small Sailboat with the Resourceful Sailor – The Solo Version” on December 17, 2021. This article and video go… Read More

“How do you run a stern-tie setup when you have limited working and storage space on board?” This is one of the questions I asked myself in fitting out my Flicka 20, Sampaguita, for Pacific Northwest expeditions. First, I’ll address what a stern-tie is, why you might need one, and the equipment involved. Second, I’ll review the specific issues I faced as a small boat owner and how I personally solved those… Read More