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REEFING THE MAINSAIL ON YOUR CRUISING SAILBOAT – A QUICK TUTORIAL

REEFING THE MAINSAIL ON YOUR CRUISING SAILBOAT – A QUICK TUTORIAL

Every sailor at one time or another will need to reef the mainsail. Done right, and assuming your boat is well rigged for reefing, the exercise will result in a more balanced boat in windier conditions.

There are several reefing designs like slab reefing (using a Jiffy Reef type system) and on the more modern boats crewed yacht charters many are coming with in-mast or in-boom mainsails. To reef these types of systems it is simply a matter of cranking in the mainsail inside the mast or boom until the desired amount is left. These are easy and efficient but typically the sail shape is not as good particularly in in-mast systems since batons are not an option.

The majority of cruisers though have the traditional and time tested slab reefing. Below are a few simple points in helping you with a successful reef of your mainsail.

1.    The mainsail … Read More

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS IN CATS

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS IN CATS

There are a number of ailments that are shared by cats and humans and cat urinary issue. If you have ever had a UTI you will know just how painful they can be. Left untreated, they can become serious for  cat and some case on poodle in malaysia.

As with humans, UTI’s are more common in female cats than males. If you notice your cat making frequent trips to the litter box but not passing very much urine, or if she meows or is straining when trying to pass it, check with your vet.

She also may not be making it to the litter tray and leaving small puddles around. There can be two explanations for this – she physically cannot make it to the litter box in time and/or she associates the litter box with the pain she is experiencing when she tries to pass urine so … Read More