Articles and Reference
Over a number of years I wrote a number of articles for Watercraft Magazine. I always meant them to become a book, and now some 15 years on, that is just what I am working on. Listed here are the originals – some of which have worn better than others. From Summer 2020, however anyone lucky enough to have bought Watercraft magazine will get the more coherent and updated versions.
- Small can be Beautiful – this has been reprinted in a number of magazines, but the musings on the perils of boat ownership still pertain.
- Metals in a Marine Environment – what they are and how they behave.
- Gear for Gaffers 1 – Introduction and bowsprits. Why I thought it a good plan to start at the front and work backwards, I have no idea.
- Bitts and Bobs(tays) – Loads on bowsprits and sizing of components.
- Travellers Tales – This one looks at staying, anchor and traveller arrangements.
- Staying Put – staying, buckling and how masts fail.
- Rigging Loads – a study in guesswork.
- Standing Rigging – aiming for a consistent set of equipment.
- Mastbands – attaching standing rigging to the mast.
- Backstays – and rigging screws and chainplates and things.
- Mast Furniture – some practical details of mast fittings.
- Gaffs and Saddles – saddle types and gaff arrangements.
- Booms – an attempt to sort out loadings on booms.
- Boom Fittings – practical arrangements.
- Shortening Sail – on reefing arrangements for mainsails.
- A Note on Wykeham-Martin Gear – still popular for classic yachts, but can be tricksy.
- Adjusting ones Tackle – all about blocks and tackles – or “tayckles” if you must.
- Modern Ropes – what things like Dyneema can do for you.