I don’t think you could pay me to make these again…

“I’ll make some winch covers!  How hard can they be?”,  I thought.  Ha.  By the time I was finished I had thrown away the first three, still wasn’t entirely satisfied with the remaining five, and had taken to calling them “*$#@%%* winch covers!”

Much to our pleasant surprise, Pegu Club came with five winches that had clearly been upgraded from her original stock winches.  They are all oversized and self-tailing, and the two largest are two-speed winches.  Two-speed winches have a high and low gear which allows you to crank the lines in a lower gear (by reversing the cranking direction) as it becomes more difficult.  Buying them all new would approach $3,000, something we never would have done.  Her original winches would have been fine, but the bells and whistles on these are certainly nice to have.

Now bear in mind that as far as I can tell, a winch cover is truly unnecessary.  Sure, I didn’t like how rainwater would just stay in the hole for the winch handle but it’s not like it was going to hurt the winch.  Heck, Little Bristol was built in 1975 and had her original winches – likely never covered – and they were fine.  Nope, I just wanted to make them because I thought it would look spiffy. Continue reading “I don’t think you could pay me to make these again…”

An Ode to Our Sailrite LSZ-1

Oh, my Sailrite LSZ-1.  How do I love thee?

One of the many boat-related subjects that captured my interest awhile ago was canvas work.  I had taken some sewing lessons a few years back and had a lightweight machine, but I knew sewing for boats required something more heavy-duty.  There are countless “What’s the best sewing machine?” threads on the sailing forums and the Sewing on Boats Facebook page, and the runaway recommendation is always a Sailrite machine.

Sailrite is an Indiana-based company that has been around since 1969.  They sell everything you can think of that might be needed for boat-related (and home decor) sewing, and their customer service is top-notch.  With hundreds of how-to YouTube videos covering everything from making cushions to sails, they have a way of breaking down each step so that you find yourself thinking, “I can make that!”. Continue reading “An Ode to Our Sailrite LSZ-1”