B-log ~ November 2014

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In the last few months, mysailing.com.au has been publishing a series of excerpts from Jude’s handy book, Practical Boat Bits and Tips, and we have put them online here. Of course there are many more ideas illustrated in her book, so if you want plenty of helpful information for making life afloat a lot easier, shout her a glass of wine for your own copy (PDF electronic format).

 07 Nov 2014

Banyandah's Log Book

Banyandah’s Log Book

Summer is coming and I’ll soon be sailing so here are a few last tips from the heaps found in my handy book, Practical Boat Bits and Tips.

The Dinghy Painter
The dinghy painter should not be just any old rope nor even good quality nylon or braided polyester. It’s imperative to use floating rope for many reasons.[ More ]

Watch Keepers Safety Belt
When on night watch we always wear a watch keeper’s belt. Ours is made from wide webbing with good quality plastic buckles that clip shut securely and won’t burst open in a raging sea. On the belt, and attached to it are a high powered strobe, a pea-less whistle in its own little pocket and a PLB – personal location beacon. [ More ]

The Ships Log
We have always kept a log of our journeys on board Banyandah. When we first started sailing forty years ago we used store bought log books, but they proved rather expensive, so we designed our own page, photocopied it and put a bunch in a folder. We’re a little more clever today and now use lined A4 hardback notebooks obtained from most newsagents for about $5. I rule the columns myself. [ More ]

Practical boat tips –
The Fridge

Three tier fridge baskets

Three tier fridge baskets

After living on board Banyandah for more than twenty years, we have definite ideas on how we want our refrigeration – simple and efficient! If you’re like us and like the freedom to be away from your boat for a few days and want an efficient, easily-managed fridge then here’s what works good for us.

First the fridge should not be too big, very well insulated and preferably top opening as cold sinks. Ours has a specially built U shaped eutectic plate driven by a 12 volt Danfoss compressor. This we manually control to minimize power usage and yet be able to add extra cold when motoring, or before leaving the boat unattended for up to six days and still save the veggies.

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Practical boat tips –
Stove Safety

Banyandah’s open handled pan on the stove top.

Banyandah’s open handled pan on the stove top.

Raising my children aboard a yacht from age two and three meant stove safety was critically important. Many times while Jack and I managed the ship the boys were left alone below, and because we have always used gas, the conveniently located shut off valve made it quick and easy to turn it off every time after using the stove. This no-hassle routine gave us peace of mind.

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Practical boat tips –
Freshwater, Saltwater, and the Galley Sink

galley sink

The freshwater, hot/cold pressure, and saltwater taps in the galley

October 13, 2014
The galley sink on Banyandah is a good size measuring 380x340x150 mm deep with a centre drain. Into this I use a 310 mm round basin for washing up. This small basin minimizes freshwater use, and yet removing it, the sink is large enough to handle a banquet or clean the odd fish. When underway I find it very handy to drain the dishes in the sink around the basin.

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Practical boat tips –
non-slip mats

07 Oct 2014

Non-slip mat – galley drainer and fridge. Photo Jude Binder

Life aboard Banyandah would be difficult without non-slip mats lining the shelves, drawers, and bench tops. Rolls 30 cm wide can be bought cheaply from discount stores in a good range of colours and wider material is available at ship chandlers. It hand-washes well and dries quickly.

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Practical boat tips –
Use old socks to protect on-board items

29 Sep 2014

Socks can be used to protect delicate items on board, such as this glass coffee pot.


Old socks make good muffs. Simply cut the sock into two or three pieces depending on length of sock and stretch it over the bottle or drop bottle into the foot part. It is not necessary to have the sock full height of the glass, particularly with thick socks, as the thickness of the sock acts as a standoff. To save socks, alternate muffed bottles within a cupboard. I leave empty muffs in the cupboard ready for the next bottle.

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B-log ~ November 2014 — 1 Comment

  1. Always enjoy seeing your pictures and hearing of your adventures. They bring back fond memories of Western Australia and meeting both of you. I loved the Banyandah. Australia definitely has some beautiful country. Glad you two can see some of it that most people don’t get to see—–and to share it with us.
    Betty Nell Dennis

    Jack writes, “Fond memories indeed. Strange how we met such nice people in the oddest places, like on a forest walk. Betty, do you recall the beautiful spring flowers?”