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Cruising Tips
“To antifoul or not to antifoul, that is the question…” We aren’t discussing the bottom here. That goes without saying. The question is the propeller. Will the paint interfere with its electrolytic balance, or will the stuff simply fall off as soon a
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Fire Down Below
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, local racing had resumed with household crews only. My wife, though, while always up for a pleasure sail, was not up for this kind of thing, so, for the fifth time in what was any measure an unusual sailing season, I fou
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Small Boats Forever!
In little vessels there is joy. In large vessels there is travail and perplexity. Thus writes famed aviator and mariner Er-nest K. Gann, and I couldn’t agree more. As a youth, my goal was to find a way to crew aboard the biggest boats I could find, e
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Yacht Rock and a Hard Place
Baking at the helm, watching a newly arrived bird eyeing me suspiciously—as if this was his ship, and I was the one who’d just flown in—I knew I was unraveling. For two days now we’d been becalmed, sails flogging on the open Atlantic, and in a snap m
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Happy Cat Hurricane
I’m not sure what I expected from my daysail on the Happy Cat Hurricane. One thing I do know is that the day didn’t go as planned. The SAIL staff was invited by Alex Caslow from Redbeard Sailing to Gunpowder State Park on Chesapeake Bay near Baltimor
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Getting Over the Hump
“Why would you ever want a boat with a 14ft draft?” It’s a phrase my partner, Timo, and I have heard often, ever since we purchased NV, a former Open 60 raceboat originally built for the Vendée Globe, but which we now cruise. And to be honest, it was
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Hh50
Sportscar builders say, “Speed costs, how fast do you want to go?” This is also true of boats, and if you can foot the bill, Hudson Yacht Group will be more than happy to provide you with all the speed, luxurious accommodations and outstanding constr
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Backcountry Adventure
Florida Bay is located between the southern tip of mainland Florida and the Florida Keys. The Backcountry, as it’s called, consists of a triangular area generally north of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), south of the mainland and east of a line from
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Ride Of A Lifetime
For once the forecast had been correct: 20 knots southwest, with waves 4 to 6 ft. Around 0300, I rolled over in my bunk unable to sleep with the sound of the wind in the rigging and the occasional groan of the fenders against the hull. “Just sleep. T
Sail3 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Gear
Crewsaver, long known for its safety and survival equipment, is now making a foray into the inflatable dinghy business with three new models ranging in length from 6 to 8.5ft. According to Crewsaver, which in addition to life jackets also manufacture
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Dehler 30 One Design
I’ve long believed that while they may not be as much fun, the best sail trials are the ones that take place in drifters, since it’s then that a boat’s performance—or lack thereof—really becomes evident. Pretty much any boat is fun to sail in 15 knot
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Boat Works Ask Sail
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Dustup in St. Vincent
This past spring my family and I were at anchor aboard our 50ft steel-hulled cutter, Atea, off Bequia, a small island five miles south of St. Vincent in the Southern Antilles. Bequia’s large, protected bay is lined by a collection of beach bars, rest
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Gremlins In The Fridge
For some time now, both in the pages of this magazine and with individual charterers, I’ve talked about how important it is to pay close attention during a charter checkout. The idea is to listen “between the lines,” as it were, to be sure you aren’t
Sail3 min de lectureEarth Sciences
Blown Away
There is an ocean-sailing science fiction novel I’ve been writing in my head now for some time. It posits a future in which the world’s climate has become so unsettled the sport of ocean sailing has been transformed. Sailing in the Vendée Globe has b
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Boom-free Booms
Sailing is a remarkably safe activity, despite the potentially dangerous environment in which it takes place. This is undoubtedly due to the safety-conscious attitude of most skippers and their crews. Nonetheless, even the best sailors can still get
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The SAILING SCENE And Living The Sailing
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At The Helm
Last month we looked at how overall design, rig type and hull shape can determine whether a boat is well suited to ocean sailing. This month we’ll look the details. November, 2009: Mia and I were sailing our 1966 Allied Seabreeze yawl, Arcturus, on o
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A Windy Indian Arm
I lost a third of my crew the moment we arrived at the boatyard. My middle son and second mate, Julian, took one look at the dark sky overhead and hid behind his mother’s skirt. I glanced at my oldest son and first mate, 10-year-old Emil, and said, “
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Refurbishing Shirley Rose: Part 1
Shirley Rose, a well-worn Santana 27, sorely needed refurbishing. When I took ownership, she was on stands in a sorry state looking for someone to bring her back to life. Since then, I’ve replaced or repaired most of her major systems and also done a
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It’s a Small, Small World
As part of its continuing commitment to both smaller boats and boats expressly designed for the racecourse, France’s Beneteau recently recast its “First” line, so that it is now composed of two distinct subcategories, the better to meet the needs of
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Letters
I just read Reflections of an Old Salt (April, 2021). Charles Merwarth wrote beautifully about his experience living aboard his boat and brought back similar feelings of gratitude that I, too, “took that first step” and decided to live aboard with my
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Take Your Pick!
This year’s annual Ida Lewis Distance Race on Narragansett Bay will offer something for everyone. In addition to ORC and PHRF, there will be sections for doublehanded, youth and collegiate racing. Racers will also have a choice between the event’s tr
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Small Boat, Big Fun
They say good things come in small packages, and that’s never been more true than in sailing. Two sailors, one small boat and ideal weather conditions make for a day to remember aboard this zippy little Beneteau First 14. For the latest on Beneteau’s
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All In The Family
When you talk to Beetle Cat sailors, it’s immediately apparent you’re talking about more than just a 12ft 4in catboat. “It began with my great-grandmother, who bought a boat for her four sons in 1928. They named it after her, called it the Queen Mary
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Stray Cat Strut
By the time I awoke it was already too late. I knew something was wrong before I’d even fully struggled out of my sleeping bag, before I’d unzipped the tent and was standing out on the wet sand of the beach. In front of me there was only one boat whe
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Ask Sail
Q: Our J/Boat mainsail has a bolt rope that feeds directly into the slot on the mast. Another rope feeds into a similar slot in the boom. I have always wondered: do boats sail better with a loose-footed mainsail not attached to the entire length of t
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Beneteau Oceanis 40.1
The hull slices easily through the warm summer Chesapeake Bay under the power of full working sail, almost burying the lee rail when a 20-knot puff hits. Somebody mentions reefing, but I’m still steering with only two fingers, so we don’t. The boat i
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Paying with Sand Dollars
The next time you visit the Bahamas you may find that the people there are carrying a lot less cash. And that’s a good thing. It’s not that they don’t have money, but that they’re using a new type of digital currency that they’re calling “Sand Dollar
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