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Minimising fuel consumption and maximise range whilst operating under power
There is a belief that going at full speed gets you there in half the time thus saving time and reducing fuel consumption. This may be time efficient but it is not an efficient use of fuel.

Preventing the topping lift from chafing the mainsail
When the topping lift is relaxed on the mainsails it tends to rub and chafe the sail.

Getting lines in faster around a block by 'swigging'
Turning line around a block with a winch handle is a good way to finish line tension but it can be slow to take a quantity of line in.

Easier mainsail furling
Furling a large mainsail, or even a reefed one, is a major daily sailing chore.

Deploying the appropriate length of anchor chain
When day anchoring in non tidal waters it is recommended a vessel deploys at least two to three times chain length to the depth of water, five times if tidal or windy, and eight to twelve times in stormy conditions or overnight stays. Although the water beneath the hull may easily be measured by the depth sounder there is no measuring device for the chain.

Preventing jib sheets snagging on mid-ship cleats
Mid-ship cleats are excellent for securing a vessel in a mooring, but once under sail they tend to snag the jib sheet causing tack failure.

Making it easier to deploy the black ball day shape
The international COLREGS state that an anchored boat must display a round ball when anchored during the day and an all-around white light at night when anchored. Yet although most cruising skippers know this they do not attend to the day shape regulation.

Low cost and easy mainsail furling
For a year I cruised an old IOR Class One racer which was great fun. The boat was arranged for a crew of eight which in sailing parlance means handling convenience was not factored into the design. The mainsail was enormous and once the topping lift was released the whole lot fell right down on the deck. Furling this large mainsail, or even reefing it, was a major daily sailing chore.

Keeping green water out of the chain locker
Whilst going to weather or enduring severe conditions a vessel can take in a large quantity of green water through the smallest aperture. People seriously underestimate the ability for water penetration in rough conditions relying on gravity based covers to fend it off. However in very rough conditions I found the water is practically injected in. That is the face of the wave lays over the aperture and the following body of the wave and energy presses upon this literally inject it in through the smallest crack.

Convenient sail ties
Securing and furling a sail normally involves lashing it down with a handful of sail ties. It is an operation carried out with one hand for the boat, one hand for the task and a handful, or mouthful, of sail ties that often fly overboard.


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