Commodore’s Preferences

Thru hulls and Seacocks by Raritan – while maybe not the “best” they meet all standards and are exceptional values.

PDFs of how to use the Tru-Design system



SV Water Lily has a Cape Horn windvane model “Jean du Sud”

Cape Horn


SV Oceana with Monitor Windvane

Edson Manual Pump Demonstration


Edson Manual Pumps – 30gpm


Don Street on Edson Pumps

Commodore says “Learn from the best, ignore all the rest” – (Don Street is one of the best)

Coast Pilots – Atlantic Canada

Sta-Loc Marine Outfitters Canada


My Team Talks  –  bluetooth headsets, also Mantus Anchors, Flex-o-fold props, LED lights and more!

Wallas Diesel Stove/Heater   – Pricey but very good

Best How-to On the Web

Climbing the Mast

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Rope and PVC pipe ladder attaching to mast with sail slides.  Safe and easy way to ascend the mast.  Can do it alone!   Name of H38 unknown.

Commercial Version of Above Ladder – Mastmate

Cape Horn windvane 

The Cape Horn is integrated with the wheel steering thru the transom.  It is also integrated with the autopilot.  With a Cape Horn, you don’t have to choose between an autopilot and a wind vane – you can have the best of both.  Choose the “Jean du Sud” model for the Hughes 38

Sail Magazine on Cape Horn windvane

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Notice the clean installation of the Cape Horn windvane thru the transom.  If you value the aesthetics of your stern you will want a Cape Horn windvane.

Flexofold Sailboat Propellers

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Jaycar Ultrasonic Antifouling

Hooka Air Compressors

Hookah Diving Setup

Hookah Diving Setup 

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For Whom the Bait Trolls

Cruisers Handbook of Fishing

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Celestial Navigation Course

AT-MJB Sight Reduction ProForma 0.2

Sight Reduction Sheet   courtesy of Malcolm Buchanan and Andrew Troup, 1983

Nautical Apps Courtesy of USPS

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In paperback or Kindle

Chameleon Nesting Dinghy

Bateau Nesting Dinghy

Spindrift Nesting Dinghy

9′ Oar Plans

French Boat Plans    PDF of Clown

Lofrans Tigre Windlass