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Over the years I've gleaned many ideas and bits of information from different sailors and added it to the applicable Tech Tip or created a new one.  It's how the data base grows.  I have some extra web space to show some projects in reasonable resolution and will keep them till I run out of space.  The ones I have a complete record of are listed below in chronological order.
  1. Shangri'-La - Cockpit line, 2009.
  2. SJ23 MKIII - Wing keel, 2009.
  3. Esprit - Comparisons & features of the Australian SJ23, 2010.
  4. Shangri'-La - Forward Hatch, 2011.
  5. A Nice Refit - Fantastic paint job. yyyy?.
  6. Knotless Too - Various stuff, 2015.
  7. Center Board - Lift cable, 2015.
  8. Renaissance - Refit, 2015.
  9. Juanita - Some really different modifications, 2014.
  10. Emunah - Progress in the darkness of a winter solstice is not easy.  (Updated 2017-12-20).
  11. Juan-a-Go - Balanced Rudder. (Updated 2018-07-17).
  12. So who's next? 

Your project doesn't have to be a complete remake of the boat.  Its OK to post a problem or idea here so others can view it up close to learn from it or help solve it.  So set your camera resolution to fine and image size to 1024x768, dip your quill in an ink well to write a brief description.  Then email it to me.  Not that difficult!

PANACHE PROJECTS, 2019. (Updated 2019-04-16)
"A Goal without a plan is just a wish."

This is where I keep track of most of my jobs.  I do a lot of this work with the boat on the hard, carrying a project home where I can work on it in the warm; provided I don't forget something!  Grrr.  You really have to stay organized when the boat is parked a long way from home.  To that end I usually store each project in a separate box at home.  It's from these projects that I create the Tech Tips.  Judging by the jobs below I'll be busy this winter!  The plan is to complete all this before launch time. 


  1. Convert the reefing lines from polyester to slippery Dyneema as per Tech Tip F05. (Grip tests of the line locker show I must use 1/4" Dyneema).

  2. Design and install cockpit rail bags to store jib sheets in.  Tech Tip F26(winter project).

  3. Install a double ended center board lift line to replace the aging single cable.  Tech Tip B01. 
    part 1 - The custom dual block bracket for the top of the pedestal is finished and should fit like a glove. 
    part 2 - While the center board is off I will coat it and the keel stub with carbon graphite epoxy to make it slippery. 
    I found a place to hoist the hull off the trailer and Panache will go there when the hoist is free. 

  4. Wire an external power input connection for a temporary solar panel.  Tech Tip E02.

  5. Remove the factory stern light from the transom and seal the hole. Tech Tip E11 (A job I forgot to do last summer).


  1. Fabricate a floating tow bridle for the dinghy. Tech Tip B32

  2. Install the slippery Dyneema lazy jacks as per Tech Tip F22

  3. Install a Nicro day solar ventilator on the sliding hatch.  Tech Tip C19


  1. Installed a storage system in the cockpit for the Tiller Pilot.  Tech Tip E12.

  2. Added a red panel and tell tales to my storm jib. Tech Tip F36

  3. Added new tell tales to my 110% jib that North Sails modified last year. 

  4. Added new tell tales to my 150% genoa that North Sails modified this winter. 

  5. Made a boarding ladder to climb between my dinghy and the boat.  Tech Tip B24

  6. Cleaned connections on my solar panels and removed a blocking diode from one.  Also refurbished a larger panel to use as backup.  Tech Tip E01

  7. Reinforced & water proofed the anchor locker bulkhead and replaced false bottom. Tech Tip B11


  1. 2018

  2. 2017

  3. 2016 and before


This is my first day sailing Panache in 2014 after taking a year off to heal my injured shoulder.  Very flaky winds but happy to be on the water again.

And on another note:  "I told you it was flat, but oh no, you wouldn't listen!"

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