Author Archives: Rex

Rest in peace King Roger

Rest in peace King Roger

My beloved friend and companion of 17 years has passed away. You were a truly outstanding dog with a wonderful balance of being a loving family member and protector of the pack. I loved the way you were so good with the kids, even if you were boisterous until well into adulthood. I loved the way you nuzzled against us showering us with affection while seeking a pat and a cuddle. I lovedmore »

Updated boat launching trolley (dolly) design

Before I started to build my first dinghy launching trolley (dolly), I scoured the internet for design ideas. One thing was evident — people make do with some really dodgy launching trolleys! This view was backed up by walking around the launching area of my local sailing club when all the boats are out on the water and the trolleys are left on the beach. There are some truly awful dinghy launching trolleysmore »

Sharpening knives using the Razor Sharp Edgemaking System on an Ozito bench grinder

My wife considers herself a bit of a cook. Perhaps not gourmet chef standard, but certainly capable of feeding the local football team. For many years she has complained bitterly that her kitchen knives were continually blunt. We had a knife sharpening steel with one of our knife sets, but while it could hone a sharp edge, it had no hope of reviving a very blunt knife. I also had a Norton Sharpeningmore »

Sabre sailing dinghy — a delightful little boat!

In my view, there is no perfect boat that does everything well. I was asking the impossible when I wanted a sailing dinghy that could be sailed one-up or two-up, by my wife and I (very heavy) together, by my wife or me individually, or by one or both of my children (very light!). The boat had to be fun for me to sail, but still stable enough for my wife and childrenmore »

How to make a simple, sturdy and functional sailing dinghy launching trolley (dolly)

This sailing dinghy launching trolley is made out of wood and epoxy and is able to be constructed using simple tools.┬áMost people do not have the skills or tools to weld a metal launching trolley, but this trolley is a simple, sturdy and functional alternative. The trolley design can be readily adapted to suit both sailing dinghies and small motor boats such as tinnies and inflatable boats. When we purchased a Minnow sailingmore »

Learning to sail in a Sabot, Minnow, O’pen BIC or Optimist — which is better?

The Sabot, Minnow, O’pen BIC or Optimist are all popular junior training sailing dinghies in Australia. You want your child to learn to sail, but which boat should you buy? Let me declare my biases first. I learnt to sail as a junior in a Sabot. We now own a Sabot and Minnow which my daughters have recently learned to sail in. I have sailed both dinghies. I have also sailed O’pen BICs,more »

Miche Pistard WR track wheelset review

The Miche Pistard WR track wheelset is possibly the best value-for-money off-the-shelf track wheelset for training, and club and junior racing. I purchased a Miche Pistard WR wheelset from Wiggle, delivered to Australia for around $300. They have been a bullet-proof set of track wheels for training and club racing. General description The Miche Pistard WR track wheelset has 24 spokes radial laced on the front wheel, and 32 spokes three-cross laced onmore »