Anchor light solution

Early on in our sailing career, the first mate and I discovered that we really enjoy anchoring out overnight. The bays in the North Idaho lakes where we cruise are surrounded by snow-capped mountains, covered by crystal clear starry skies, and afford plenty of privacy. The problem was, Summer Dance didn’t have an anchor light, which is a shame because according to the original invoice that I have, it would have only cost $36 in 1981 when she was built. Not even $tingy Sailor can add one that cheaply today.
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Catching air

Please vote for Summer Dance!

If you haven’t already voted for Summer Dance in the Sailrite 2014 Summer Project Photo Contest, please take a moment to vote for our photo now by clicking the preceding link. That should take you to a page with our photo. Then click the big green Vote button. Some friends have reported problems voting from smart phones, so if possible, vote from a PC instead. We’re currently in 9th place and only the top 10 photos will be judged for the prize awards. Voting ends Saturday.

Some of the projects in which we’ve used Sailrite products include the Cabin cushion covers solution and the Crib board storage solutions. The other projects such as the mainsail cover, foredeck sail bag, and outboard engine cover might appear in future posts if there is enough interest. If those are projects that you’d like to see here, please click the Comments link below and leave a comment to this post.

For the full story about the storm damage to Summer Dance, read Summer Dance badly damaged in freak storm. If our photo is lucky enough to win one of the prizes, I’ll use it for further improvements to Summer Dance that will appear here.

Every vote counts!

Backup camera solution

Backup camera solution

This project isn’t on the boat at all but it can make getting the boat on and off the water faster and easier for the trailer sailor. I’ve used trailers for most of my adult life, so I’m pretty good at backing them up. But getting the hitch ball right under a coupler on the first try is next to impossible without some kind of aid, either human or otherwise. I’ve tried the antenna ball gizmos but they’re not accurate enough if you have a really heavy trailer that you can’t muscle into place. And bless her heart, the first mate tries to line me up right but it doesn’t work out most of the time, which means one or both of us can easily get frustrated. Not a good way to start or end a great cruise.
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