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Making the assembly of washboards easier
Washboard assembly is far from convenient. Assembling a set of washboards requires the correct washboards to be dropped in place, in the right order, the correct way round. The bottom washboard is normally the most easily distinguished but its orientation may not be. The middle and top are easy to muddle.
Leeboard vs. Leecloth
Passagemakers typically use settee berths in the main cabin when underway. These bunks are often fairly narrow when used as seats but make for snug sea berths. The problem occurs when the boat heels over and lays open the outer edge, or lee side, or when sailing downwind where one finds yourself rolling about in the bunk in accord with each roll of the boat, and in heavy weather when motion can be violent. Without some robust measure of securing an occupant on a settee berth, they will be thrown out.
Adding ventilation and lighting to the washboards
When the washboards are in place they shut off the companionway ventilation. They also cut off any view that crew below decks have of their colleagues in the cockpit.
How to confidently board and unlock your yacht on dark moonless nights
Climbing aboard and unlocking a vessel on dark moonless nights can involve considerable groping in the dark and the occasional stubbed toe. But, in a power conserving world, the last thing you want to do is leave deck lights burning away all evening awaiting your return.
A convenient companionway stand for cockpit drinks and snacks
It is sometimes difficult to receive drinks coming up from the galley area and out into the cockpit. The crew can be working in the cockpit and are not always ready to take the drink when it is offered and there is no place to leave it. Even at the best of times, active cockpits rarely afford a secure and solid place to rest cups or other items such as cans, glasses etc. Likewise, working one's way up and out through the companionway whilst holding a drink often requires a feat of balance at times.
Conveniently lifting outboards on and off a dingy
Lifting an outboard on and off a floating dinghy from a yacht or pontoon is never an easy task. The outboard’s most convenient grip is at dinghy level but you cannot lift it from there as it is an entirely unstable standpoint and the dingy is moving about. Hence you must reach down from the pontoon or yacht where the outboard rarely if ever offers a handle or handhold.
If you cruise extensively invest in a powered anchor windless
Manually hauling in long chains and anchors, either with a manual winch or without, is a slow, backbreaking, exhausting task. This is especially the case in very hot climates.
Convenience at the navigation station
You can never find the pencil and dividers when you need them. They also fly across the cabin when a yacht is tacking or rolling.
Almost all yachts are secured somewhere by traditional padlocks, either at the main hatch or the cockpit lockers. Keeping track of these padlocks and laying your hands upon them when required can become a bind and matching keys to locks can be time-consuming.
Keeping the fan going without killing off the batteries
Sailing in tropical waters can at times get very hot. This is especially the case in equatorial regions with high humidity, when the breeze dies there it is very challenging in the extreme. A breath of moving cooling air becomes imperative but fans typically consume enormous amounts of battery power.