2016 January 1

Lake Ontario’s Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway are teeming with local color and sublime cruising

 The winds were off the starboard stern at around 15 knots, steady and warm on a sunny July afternoon, blowing up Lake Ontario out of the southwest. The water was flat in spite of the long fetch, protected by Amherst and Wolfe islands off Kingston, Ontario, where the Great Lake flows into the St. Lawrence River, starting its 650-nautical-mile journey to the sea. We were bound for the Thousand Islands, a world-class cruising ground with a wealth of anchorages and a multitude of delights. 
2015 December 8
 High-speed internet access while sailing is not always possible. The new Neptu Link offers a solution that they say is “as easy and affordable as at home.” The device incorporated two antenn
2015 December 8
 Typical onboard fare often consists of sandwiches and granola bars. The head chef at Good To-Go has a much better alternative for cold nights underway. The dehydrated meals consist of ingredient
2015 December 8
Top-down furling systems require specialized line to handle the torque from the system. New England Ropes has a new Spinnaker Furling Line that allows for better transfer of the furling drum’s rotat
2015 December 8

Table of Contents

FeaturesRetrofits SAILING Magazine’s annual guide explores the challenges of updating a Bristol 32, Manta 42  and Catalina 36   Gifts for sailors Editors’ picks for gifts
2015 November 24

The advent of production boatbuilding changed the face of dual-purpose sailboats, a concept that waxes and wanes but endures today

The cruiser-racer fleet grew in the 1908s and 1990s and the boats of that era continue to cruise and race successfully today.Erik Simonson photoYou still see them at local marinas and at popular dista
2015 November 24
 I just bought a used Catalina 36 MkII. I’m thrilled with the boat but I have an issue that came up during the survey that I’d like to resolve. The tachometer appears to read high. The boat idles at the proper speed, but the tachometer reads more than 1,000 rpm. A similar problem occurs at cruising speed as well. I discussed it with the surveyor and he suggested it was related to the alternator. What’s the issue here and how do I fix it?
2015 November 24
Don’t ask how many sailboat shows I’ve been to. I couldn’t tell you. There are so many of these rituals that command the attendance of people engaged in the business of sailing embedded in my memory that they’ve blurred into an uncountable mass.
2015 November 24

Luxury sailing comes with its own dock off the transom

The designer drawings from Ed Dubois’ office are beautiful, precisely crafted drawings that well convey the nature of this design.
2015 November 24

Cruising comfort is the hallmark of this spacious design

The new Discovery 48 is a big leap from the Pogo, but it’s a very comfortable jump with a plush landing. 
2015 November 24

High performance and a variable draft top the list of attributes for this contemporary design

I would not be exaggerating if I said the success of the Pogo line has been meteoric. The company’s 30 and 42 models have sold well and its newest 36-footer is designed to expand on the success of the Pogo 10.50.
2015 November 23

A perfect weekend cruiser in good shape gets performance-minded upgrades

 The Catalina 36 hits a sweet spot among weekend cruisers. It’s big enough to be comfortable and capable, but small enough to easily manage it shorthanded and it comes at an approachable price.
2015 November 23

Comfortable two-hull cruising awaits after a refit focused on warm-water sailing

 Multihulls have never been more popular. In-water boat shows now dedicate huge amounts of space to them and sailors are interested in them for more than just chartering. Sailors who want to spen
2015 November 23

A classic, tough boat becomes a pleasure to sail with cruise-worth upgrades

 The search for a vintage Bristol 32 sloop took us to six states by road trip and to three others via online research. We wanted the boat that has often been called the little sister to the class
2015 November 20

The 50th anniversary of the E-scow class Blue Ship Regatta brings the biggest names in sailing to Wisconsin's Pewaukee Lake

Maybe it had something to do with the bounty of food and drink served. Maybe it was the chill in the early autumn air or something in the green-tinted lake water. Whatever the cause, Blue Chip Fever struck Pewaukee, Wisconsin, in late September.
2015 November 19

Attaching fittings properly isn't difficult and protects your boat for the long term

 At some point in its life, every boat will need a deck fitting replaced or will develop a leak that must be corrected. And while replacing deck hardware is not a complicated operation, doing it incorrectly can cause serious damage down the road.
2015 November 19

Our picks for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Our editors choose the best sailorly gifts to give and get this season.
2015 November 10
 Hubbell Marine's new 30A/125V Twist-Lock Circuit Tester takes the guesswork out of shore power when coming in to port.  This new handy device plugs in to any 30A/125V locking receptac

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