Useful Tips

NOTE: Tips are useful pointers of all kinds but RYC assumes no responsibilities or liability for events that occur due to actions you take based on info given. They are just suggestions for your interest!

Tip #4: Mousing
Don't forget to 'mouse' your shackles. For safety, it is common to mouse a threaded shackle that is going to be left done up for some time in anything like a critical application. This is done by passing a couple of turns of mousing wire through the hole provided for this purpose in the unthreaded end of the pin and around the body of the shackle's hoop. In this context, 'mouse' and 'mousing' are often pronounced with a harder 's', like mouze and mouzing.

Tip #3
When the anchor drags. You've set the anchor, checked everything and gone to bed. During the night you feel the boat rolling. This can mean that the anchor is dragging and the bow is no longer into the wind. First thing to try to rectify the situation is to let out more anchor rode. However, don't just throw more line overboard and tie off. Ease the line out. Yank once in a while to help the flukes set and hopefully everything is now good.

Tip #2
Brass cleaner - Worcestershire Sauce or paste made of equal amounts of salt, vinegar, and water.

Tip #1
A kettle-full of hot water will shift seized and corroded metals much better than any amount of nasty, dirty lubricant (like WD40), especially where dissimilar metals are involved. Give it a try, you may be surprised!