Sailing Magazine - Technique http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-120-1-technique.html Sat, 19 Sep 20 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 How to charter safely - Chartering has changed in the time of Covid-19, but there are plenty of ways to stay safe onboard http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2252-how-to-charter-safely.html How to charter safely - Chartering has changed in the time of Covid-19, but there are plenty of ways to stay safe onboard
Like everything else, chartering has changed in the pandemic. Charter companies have adapted to help keep customers and staff safe, but more importantly they have found ways to help sailors feel comfo...]]>
Understanding boat insurance - Navigate the complicated waters of insuring your boat amidst hurricanes, fire and other damage http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2246-understanding-boat-insurance.html Understanding boat insurance - Navigate the complicated waters of insuring your boat amidst hurricanes, fire and other damage
When a big storm pounds across a boat-packed harbor, some sailors shrug off the prospect of serious damage or total loss with words like, “Hey, no worries. My boat is insured.” While that may be ...]]>
Docking under power - Become a docking master by understanding the mechanics at work in getting a boat in a slip http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2234-docking-under-power.html Docking under power - Become a docking master by understanding the mechanics at work in getting a boat in a slip
Even the most competent sailor may bristle at pulling into a tight slip with a strong cross breeze. But understanding the mechanics at play in docking a boat make smooth landings far easier.Sailboats ...]]>
Delamination repair - Wet core is a recipe for problems, but repairing the problem is often not as hard as you may think http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2218-delamination-repair.html Delamination repair - Wet core is a recipe for problems, but repairing the problem is often not as hard as you may think
Wet core is one of the most common problems you’ll find in boats constructed with a cored-laminate hull or deck, particularly those of a certain age. Although tackling such damage can be a messy job...]]>
Co-owning a boat - Teaming up can be an affordable route to boat ownership so long as you go into it with an agreement and a sense of whether its right for you http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2209-co-owning-a-boat.html Co-owning a boat - Teaming up can be an affordable route to boat ownership so long as you go into it with an agreement and a sense of whether its right for you
 A growing trend suggests more sailors are opting for joint sailboat ownership. Painted in broad strokes, the concept seems relatively simple: if two people own the boat, it translates to ha...]]>
Steering inspection - Steering problems are serious but many can be avoided with routine maintenance http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2181-steering-inspection.html Steering inspection - Steering problems are serious but many can be avoided with routine maintenance
Steering problems are almost always serious and can quickly rise to the level of an emergency. But most problems can be avoided with regular inspections and maintenance. Steering systems are extremel...]]>
Adding a staysail - A properly rigged staysail is a great passagemaking tool http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2168-adding-a-staysail.html Adding a staysail - A properly rigged staysail is a great passagemaking tool
Sail selection is key for offshore sailing. You need a combination that provides speed without overburdening the boat and enough flexibility that you don’t have to make frequent sail changes.A fixed...]]>
Weather routing services - Having a weather router dedicated to your passage can offer valuable information and peace of mind http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2155-weather-routing-services.html Weather routing services - Having a weather router dedicated to your passage can offer valuable information and peace of mind
Menacing clouds hung low in the sky, and despite it being only 3 p.m., it felt on the verge of nightfall. The radar screen was lit up like a Christmas tree, and we did our best to dodge and weave the ...]]>
How to make the most of your charter - Fine-tune your charter to your liking to create the ultimate sailor’s vacation http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2137-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-charter.html How to make the most of your charter - Fine-tune your charter to your liking to create the ultimate sailor’s vacation
The charter business was born 50 years ago in the British Virgin Islands with six 35-foot sailboats and a dream by Charlie and Ginny Cary to help people go sailing in one of the best cruising grounds ...]]>
Inflatable life jacket maintenance http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2123-inflatable-life-jacket-maintenance.html Inflatable life jacket maintenance
The following multi-tiered approach to maintenance stems from recommendations from manufacturers and the U.S. Coast Guard, and covers both hydrostatic (pressure sensing) and bobbin type (water soluble...]]>
Improve your chances for survival when you go overboard - What the person in the water does is just as important as what a boat’s crew does in a man overboard situation http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2122-improve-your-chances-for-survival-when-you-go-overboard.html Improve your chances for survival when you go overboard - What the person in the water does is just as important as what a boat’s crew does in a man overboard situation
Sailors know that when a person goes overboard the crew must go immediately into recovery mode. Man overboard procedures are studied and practiced. But what happens if you are the person in the water?...]]>
Going aloft - Whether you have help or you’re going solo, a trip up the mast starts with safety http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2105-going-aloft.html Going aloft - Whether you have help or you’re going solo, a trip up the mast starts with safety
There are times on every boat when you need to send someone aloft. This is almost never convenient, but it’s a necessity and one in which safety needs to be a priority. Fortunately, the days of a pl...]]>
Cockpit awning on a budget - At less than $100, this DIY awning might not be as pretty as one that’s custom made but it does the job http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2099-cockpit-awning-on-a-budget.html Cockpit awning on a budget - At less than $100, this DIY awning might not be as pretty as one that’s custom made but it does the job
If your boat lies unattended, even for a short time—be it in a marina, (in or out of the water), or on a mooring—it doesn’t take long for it to become grubby, from bird droppings or wind blown d...]]>
Staying afloat - How to avert disaster when your boat starts taking on water http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2083-staying-afloat.html Staying afloat - How to avert disaster when your boat starts taking on water
When the Farr PH 56 Monterey sank in May 2017 during the Antigua-to-Bermuda Race, nobody was more shocked than owner and skipper Les Crane. After all, he’d sailed the boat more than 40,000 miles dur...]]>
Boat detailing - Start the season right by getting your hull sparkling clean http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2075-boat-detailing.html Boat detailing - Start the season right by getting your hull sparkling clean
Spring cleaning is a ritual, but when it comes to boats it’s often a necessity. Before you launch for the season is often the only and best opportunity to get a boat sparkling clean. But that kind o...]]>
How to deploy a sentinel anchor - This little known method can keep your anchor from dragging in rough conditions http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2064-how-to-deploy-a-sentinel-anchor.html How to deploy a sentinel anchor - This little known method can keep your anchor from dragging in rough conditions
Menacing clouds and increasing wind announced that a powerful storm was about to cross over the British Virgin Islands. We were tucked into outlying Anegada, the area’s flattest and most unprotected...]]>
Retrofitting projects - In a nod to our annual retrofitting issue, we are featuring several projects to inspire and consider for your own boat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2052-retrofitting-projects.html Retrofitting projects - In a nod to our annual retrofitting issue, we are featuring several projects to inspire and consider for your own boat
Upgrading cockpit canvas Canvas can add a lot of creature comfort to a boat. It helps keep sailors warm and dry and provides relief from the beating sun. But that same canvas can be a real bother s...]]>
Winter sailing - Learn to enjoy your boat year-round, even in northern climates, by sailing when the mercury drops http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2031-winter-sailing.html Winter sailing - Learn to enjoy your boat year-round, even in northern climates, by sailing when the mercury drops
For diehard sailors, the decision on where to store a boat for the winter might be more about whether you should store it at all. Sailing in the off season is possible and even enjoyable in many winte...]]>
Working with single-braid Dyneema - Learn to make lashings and grommets with high-tech line http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2024-working-with-single-braid-dyneema.html Working with single-braid Dyneema - Learn to make lashings and grommets with high-tech line
In about a decade, Dyneema (sometimes called Spectra, both are trade names for the same material) has gone from a gee whiz high-tech marvel to common place on many boats. It started out replacing wire...]]>
Mainsail trim - There’s more to getting the most out of your mainsail than just the sheet http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2012-mainsail-trim.html Mainsail trim - There’s more to getting the most out of your mainsail than just the sheet
It is quite common to hear that proper mainsail trim and setup is only important to those who are racing or trying to go fast. The reality is it is important for everyone. It provides an avenue for th...]]>
Trailering tips - With a trailerable boat the next adventure is just a highway away, but you have to get there first http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2001-trailering-tips.html Trailering tips - With a trailerable boat the next adventure is just a highway away, but you have to get there first
There’s a freedom that comes with trailerable boats, whether dinghies, small keelboats or powerboats. Your next adventure is just a highway away. But first you have to get there. But that’s not to...]]>
Get ungrounded safely - When your boat is aground, survey the situation and proceed with caution to float free http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1989-get-ungrounded-safely.html Get ungrounded safely - When your boat is aground, survey the situation and proceed with caution to float free
In the moments after you realize you have run your boat aground, it’s best to take a deep breath and recite The First Rule of Holes: “When you’re in one, stop digging.” Many of the steps you a...]]>
How to rig a preventer - Preventers can keep accidents from happening, but they should be used with caution http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1972-how-to-rig-a-preventer.html How to rig a preventer - Preventers can keep accidents from happening, but they should be used with caution
A boom violently crashing across a cockpit can be deadly, toss a crewmember overboard or cause serious damage, so it’s worth making an effort to prevent it from happening whenever possible.&nbs...]]>
How to get bareboat certified - Taking the helm of a charter boat requires different certifications depending on the location and company http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1961-how-to-get-bareboat-certified.html How to get bareboat certified - Taking the helm of a charter boat requires different certifications depending on the location and company
Chartering is more popular than ever and charter companies have gotten creative about how to get people on boats easily. Crewed charters have always been offered, but companies now offer middle-of the-road options for sailors who lack the confidence for a full-on bareboat experience. Flotillas organized by schools and charter companies provide the comfort of sailing in a group with help at the rea...]]>
Spring diesel maintenance - A diesel engine expert shares a list of jobs to get the iron genny in gear for sailing season http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1947-spring-diesel-maintenance.html Spring diesel maintenance - A diesel engine expert shares a list of jobs to get the iron genny in gear for sailing season
Engine maintenance is rarely at the top of anyone’s list of favorite fitting out chores, but skipping it is hardly a wise option. With luck, major jobs were done before the boat was laid up, so the list of spring jobs is short enough that most DIYers should be able to get through them relatively quickly. And then you can sit back and enjoy the sailing season, knowing that you’ve done what you ...]]>
Installing a new battery system - Upgrading your boat’s power grid is a good investment in time, money http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1944-installing-a-new-battery-system.html Installing a new battery system - Upgrading your boat’s power grid is a good investment in time, money
Some upgrades and repairs on a sailboat are no-brainers. It’s not difficult know when you need new sails or the paint job and brightwork need attention. But figuring out if a battery upgrade is necessary and how to do it is at times less obvious. Odds are, though, that if the house batteries are more than five years old, you are going to want to think about replacing them. Wet-cell lead acid bat...]]>
Catamaran maneuvering under power - Coaxing a big cat into a tight space requires a new way of thinking and a bit of practice http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1927-catamaran-maneuvering-under-power.html Catamaran maneuvering under power - Coaxing a big cat into a tight space requires a new way of thinking and a bit of practice
Catamarans are by far the favored boat for charterers, and charter fleets, which are full of cruising catamarans with a handful of monohulls reflect that. And it’s easy to see why: Not only is there...]]>
Steering system maintenance - Avoid the feeling of a wheel loose in your hands with routine steering system checks, before it breaks http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1917-steering-system-maintenance.html Steering system maintenance - Avoid the feeling of a wheel loose in your hands with routine steering system checks, before it breaks
 My definition of “boat” entails three essential capabilities—flotation, propulsion and steering. If you lose one of these, things are going to get difficult. We all know about keeping the water out, the rig up, and engine working, but we tend to take steering for granted. I have had a wheel go loose in my hand...]]>
Don’t be afraid of the dark - Sailing at night is a special treat but requires a different skill set than daysailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1904-don%25E2%2580%2599t-be-afraid-of-the-dark.html Don’t be afraid of the dark - Sailing at night is a special treat but requires a different skill set than daysailing
Sailing at night is challenging, rewarding and dermatologist approved. Gliding through the dark under the stars can be a surreal experience. And you don’t have to go very far from the harbor for the experience. It is a different world that requires new skills and awareness to be fully enjoyed. ...]]>
Optimize for light air - Instead of turning on the engine, discover the art and pleasure of coaxing a boat through a small breeze http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1895-optimize-for-light-air.html Optimize for light air - Instead of turning on the engine, discover the art and pleasure of coaxing a boat through a small breeze
Sailing in light air is a science and an art. The science comes from adjusting your sails and position of sail to get the maximum lift and momentum. The art is the patience and fortitude for you and your crew to remain still, quiet and aware while resisting the urge to reach for the start button on the “Iron Genny.” With some experimentation and focus, you’ll fine that it’s not difficult t...]]>