The illustration shows the only way I have been able to stop through-deck chainplates from leaking. The ‘bonnet’ is made of ¼in (6mm) canvas Bakelite, also known as Tufnol or…

New photos of Joshua Slocum uncovered in an old family photo album. Credit: Bill Springer

New photographs of Joshua Slocum and Spray have turned up in possession of an elderly woman whose family spent their summers at Hyannis Point, Massachusetts.

Sooner or later most cruising skippers are likely to be faced with having to raft up in a harbour. But it needn’t be a stressful experience...