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Jan C. Athenstädt

A sailor since early age. Sailed on yachts and tall ships, worked on board as sailor and bosun. Now getting his own boat ready for extensive cruising.

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Winch Maintenance and Service: How To

By Jan C. Athenstädt / last year

Some manufacturers recommend to perform winch maintenance up to three times per season. Even though this might be a bit exaggerated for the average sailor, it is well worth to at least check the interior of your winches at regular intervals. By doing so, it is quite easy to see if it’s time to service […]

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The Knot of Love: Celtic Heart Knot

By Jan C. Athenstädt / last year

Even though sailors are renown to be tough guys, most of them do have a romantic side. Why else would the Celtic Heart Knot exist? The decorative knot, also know as “knot of love” is the perfect maritime ​gift for Valentine’s Day. For both male and female sailors…

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Stripped Screw? Try This Simple Trick!

By Jan C. Athenstädt / last year

The head of ​a screw is stripped and you want to get it out? Instead of buying special tools or drilling it out you should try a rubber band first. It can help you remove a stripped screw in no time. ​The Trick With the Rubber Band If a screwdriver does not hold anymore in […]

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Foiling Optimist – How to Make a Dinghy Fly

By Jan C. Athenstädt / last year

​Is it possible to ​build an Optimist on foils? The tiny dinghy is one of the the most popular sail boats in the world. However, it was not known to be particularly fast. At least not until the foiling Optimist came along. More… ​When the following video got viral among sailors in social networks, many […]

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DIY Submarine – Built at Home

By Jan C. Athenstädt / last year

​Building a steel boat is a major project that would overwhelm most people​. But compared to the endeavor of building a submarine, building a “normal” boat ​ seems like a piece of cake. But then there are people ​like Holger Vieth who don’t just dream about building a DIY submarine.

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Universal Socket – One Tool to Replace them All?

By Jan C. Athenstädt / last year

​Wouldn’t it be great to replace all the heavy and expensive sockets in your tool box by a single little item? Advertising videos for ​universal ​sockets claim exactly this. But do the promises hold? We tried a universal ​socket ​regarding its usability on board a boat.

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