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S/V Magnolia for Sale!

With some sadness and excitement for our next adventure, we are selling our beautiful 1990 44' Morgan center cockpit, Magnolia. She has taken us from the Bahamas to Maine for the past four years. She sails well and won a few races back in her early years. Systems and electronics have been updated since we bought her. Brand new Mack mainsail, well-maintained Yanmar engine in a separate engine room, solar with Outback controller, 8kw Westerbeke generator, Cruise RO watermaker, Revere liferaft, and Raymarine electronics. Two staterooms and two heads. Centerline standard queen berth with high-density foam mattress, Ultraleather settees, very good storage, and a mini bathtub! She also has some good canvas! Currently, the boat is near Annapolis. Please Read more [...]

Bowline Bags – the details (Updated June 2016)

My friend asked me to make her a Bowline Bag and she'd pay me for it.  Whaaaat? After being flattered and stunned, I agreed with a few conditions.  I couldn't guarantee a delivery time since we were underway and I wanted to sew at a dock and that would be a few weeks.  I needed to acquire some better sail cloth.  She agreed. I've made about 15 bags.  Each one gets better, but I still am not very efficient making them aboard with somewhat limited space.  Nevertheless, I try to improve the instructions in hope that the next one will be even better. (If you are one of my friends with an early version, I'm sorry.) Bowline Bags Finished unlined bag 18" h x 20" w x 6" base depth with design on front Materials: --Large Read more [...]

Fun with Fender Covers

We’ve done a man overboard drill with a fender that accidentally went overboard in the Charleston Harbor and lost one in a Gulf Stream crossing.  Fun with fenders.  For all the pounding they take protecting our boat hull from those pilings, piers,  and other  boats we should treat them well.  Sew fender covers for them! I’ve seen a variety of fender covers for sale from about $15 to $100 (engraved with your boat name!).  To save money, I’ve made fender covers from fleece purchased at the local fabric store for under $10 per yard (JoAnn Fabric had it on sale for $4/yard).  It takes about a yard to make a fender cover (less if it's 60" width fabric).  And it is really a beginner project that any Seamless Sailor can whip out Read more [...]

A New Idea for Enclosures

At the September 2013 Annapolis Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam one of the vendors was displaying a mock-up of what looks like a new idea in enclosure design and materials.  Considering it is a different concept I thought it was worth noting.  Canvas Creations in Annapolis has introduced a new hard top enclosure made of Starboard.  The window panels are a firm acrylic, not a soft vinyl, held between edges of Stamoid.  The panels slide on and off tracks.  The forward panel flips up.  A second track for shades or screens can be added.  Handholds made of Starboard are also available. I don't have a personal interest in this design and I am not in the market for an enclosure since we had ours redone.  Just thought that it was a different Read more [...]