Jetsam index

Have you ever been inspired by a really useful magazine article but some time later, when you had a real need for it, it was lost and nowhere to be found? Jetsam articles are a selection of mainly timeless reference material. Proven ideas that may not be new but may have been forgotten or passed over by mainstream editors as not meeting their momentary needs.

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  1. Beating the barnacle

    We attack them with scrapers, high pressure water jets and grinders; spend a fortune on the latest poisons and yet, each year, they come back for more. Of all the marine organisms that like to grow on boat hulls, barnacles are maybe the most tenacious and from the earliest times the least understood.

    Author: 
    Mike Harris
  2. Electrolytic corrosion

    Fitting new seacocks, skin fittings, rudder pintles, stern gear or any underwater metalwork can be a trying task, what with all the trouble of hauling out and then having to jam yourself into those parts of the bilge that normally shaped people just can't reach. The work itself isn't much fun either.

    Author: 
    Mike Harris
  3. Pests of paradise

    Software bugs are irksome enough but when a real one crawls out from behind the keyboard space bar and makes a dash for freedom in the flag locker, instant action is called for. Late night computer sessions are sure to bring them out and the small can of insecticide I keep to hand is effective; but you have to be quick.

    Author: 
    Mike Harris
  4. Minamalist sailor

    Jules Verne is undoubtedly one of the all time greats of science fiction. Hollywood epics of his 3 major novels connect his name with incredible and quaintly antique tales of amazing imagination and adventure. Stories of Victorian explorers, inventors and stiff upper lips. All jolly spiffing stuff.

    Author: 
    Mike Harris
  5. Jury rigged alternators

    In the last couple of decades, the amount of electrical equipment aboard boats has increased enormously in both quantity and sophistication. Some would argue that electric lights, radios and navigators are essentials, but what use is any of it without electrical power?

    Author: 
    Mike Harris

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