How-to Make Dinghy Chaps

We just left the world of inflatable dinghies after a very frustrating and costly few years dealing with our problematic Takacat.


The Takacat and the ongoing problems of the seams coming unglued.

There will be more info about our experience and disappointments coming up, as well as our reflections on our new hard dinghy from Porta-bote. 


The New Dinghy!

But if you’re still in the blow up boat camp and are looking for a good start of the season project check out my how-to article about making a pair of stylish and practical dinghy chaps for your inflatable, as appeared in Cruising World Magazine in March 2017.

CW Dinghy Chaps






Upcycling Old Sails in Cruising World

Pick up a copy of the March issue of Cruising World Magazine and read my article about how to upcycle your old sails into a sunshade, a shopping bag, a mosquito tent and more!



It’s not off to the glue factory for me yet.

I usually stick pretty close to home, and this last weekend especially being no exception to that rule. I spent most of my days propped up in the cockpit, my right knee gently supported in various states of rest hoping that the next time I had to hobble to bathroom 100M away it wouldn’t be so stiff.

Thankfully Jim next door has been fetching bags of ice from the shop for me. Jo, a long time security guard at the marina, brought me a proper elastic brace and some homeopathic analgesic spray on Saturday night, unprompted. After a very lonely few days it was nice to know that someone here is looking out for me.

The good news is that indeed it is getting better. Hopefully by the end of the day I can make it past the bathroom/shower building, maybe even making it as far as the shop for a bottle of soda water. I know, what excitement!

But, before my great plunge into immobility I was working on my latest round of sewing projects, one of which I am quite excited about. Continue reading