Dictionary.com defines bricolage [bree-kuh-lahzh] as “a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things.” With financial means and healthy supply chains, this definition can have a broad interpretation. But when these break down or are nonexistent, creativity and ingenuity must prevail. Whether sailors or landlubbers, many people are ‘bricolagists,’ and they often have similar materials at hand. A special thank you to Monica and the… Read More
When Captain Olivier Huin asked me to secure the gear on the deck of Breskell for her transit through the Northwest Passage in 2019, I was happy I knew my knots. A special thank you to Adam Cort for publishing my article, Marlinspike Seamanship in the Arctic, in the June 2020, (Vol. 51, #6) issue of Sail Magazine. You’ll find it on page 56. The article is about getting creative when securing deck gear and gives insight… Read More
I have a memory of when I was quite young learning to tie my shoes. It was in the front yard of our Five Maples Farm in Pittsfield, New York, next to maple tree number 4. It was my sister who finally drove the lesson home. Not that she was the first to try. I’m pretty sure she was just fed up with tying them for me. It occurred to me that… Read More
I am getting ready for my June sailing adventure and this year’s big re-up is the rejuvenation of the anchor gear. CQR Anchor – 25lbs 29′ BBB 5/16″ Chain – 31.9lbs 292′ of 5/8″ Nylon 3-Strand Rode – 31lbs. 306′ Available for Scope 3/8″ and 7/16″ Shackles Markers every 30′ The eye splice for attaching the nylon rode to the anchor chain.