Sailing Magazine - Technique http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-120-1-technique.html Thu, 23 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 What to do when the worst happens - A calm approach combined with preparation can help avoid catastrophe at sea http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1839-what-to-do-when-the-worst-happens.html What to do when the worst happens - A calm approach combined with preparation can help avoid catastrophe at sea

 Most of the time, sailing is probably no more risky than other outdoor pursuits, but when something goes wrong the situation can get very serious very quickly. Any sailor can think of several onboard worst-case scenarios that can be enough to scare you straight to your couch. The secret to dealing with this is to have ...

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Shorthanded sailing - Get comfortable sailing by yourself or with a partner and you'll be stuck at the dock again http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1812-shorthanded-sailing.html Shorthanded sailing - Get comfortable sailing by yourself or with a partner and you'll be stuck at the dock again

 Whether by choice or chance, at some point most sailors will find themselves sailing shorthanded. Your first experience might be a trip to the fuel dock with your own boat, an end of the season delivery with a loyal friend or sailing with a group of four or five friends before realizing only a couple of them are sailor...

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MOB recovery on a cat - Although the same principles apply, rescuing a person from the water on a multihull requires a different approach http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1797-mob-recovery-on-a-cat.html MOB recovery on a cat - Although the same principles apply, rescuing a person from the water on a multihull requires a different approach
Few seamanship skills are more important than recovering a person from the water. Although many sailors are well versed on MOB recovery methods on monohulls, the sailing and handling characteristics of a catamaran require a different approach to rescue, one that should be practiced before any multihull passage....]]>
Launching and boarding a life raft - Knowing when and how to use your last means of survival is paramount to good seamanship http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1779-launching-and-boarding-a-life-raft.html Launching and boarding a life raft - Knowing when and how to use your last means of survival is paramount to good seamanship

 There’s an old saying, “Step up into the life raft,” implying that you should not launch your life raft prematurely in an emergency. And while many old sayings are often just that, old and out of date, there’s merit to this wise advice. 

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Installing an electric head - Simple electric heads are better than they used to be and can easily replace a manual model http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1770-installing-an-electric-head.html Installing an electric head - Simple electric heads are better than they used to be and can easily replace a manual model
When a marine head goes bad there is usually a story to tell, and it’s never a good one. A clog or a leak can ruin a weekend. Even a properly working head can be awkward to explain to guests, “Well, you do your business, flip this lever, pump this lever and then don’t forget to flip that lever back or you can sink the boat!” Invariably, the guest has a problem. Often they ask for assistanc...]]>
Be lightning alert - Take steps to avoid lightning strikes, but be prepared if the odds are not in your favor http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1753-be-lightning-alert.html Be lightning alert - Take steps to avoid lightning strikes, but be prepared if the odds are not in your favor

 To truly understand lightning and make a strategy for safe sailing, the best place to start is the fine print in your insurance policy. 

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How to be a great crewmember - Some of the best team leaders in the sport share tips on how to always get asked to sail again http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1748-how-to-be-a-great-crewmember.html How to be a great crewmember - Some of the best team leaders in the sport share tips on how to always get asked to sail again

 Finding an opportunity to go racing, whether it be on a Hunter 336 for a weekly beer can series or a professionally crewed TP52, can be daunting. All the way through the ranks, most sailboat teams are tight little units with core groups of regulars. Standing on the dock with a sign, or registering with an online crewfinder are ways to get a spot on a boat. ...

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Offshore sail repair - Arm yourself with a proper sail repair kit and a bit of knowledge to keep a passage intact when your sails aren't http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1724-offshore-sail-repair.html Offshore sail repair - Arm yourself with a proper sail repair kit and a bit of knowledge to keep a passage intact when your sails aren't
Sail repair is a crucial offshore skill, many times it can save a passage. It takes a little planning to build a kit and to study some basic skills, but it is manageable for anyone. ...]]>
Mounting deck hardware - Attaching fittings properly isn't difficult and protects your boat for the long term http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1703-mounting-deck-hardware.html Mounting deck hardware - 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.

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Installing alternate power sources - Solar, wind can power a boat at anchor with system that take up less space than ever http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1697-installing-alternate-power-sources.html Installing alternate power sources - Solar, wind can power a boat at anchor with system that take up less space than ever
Installing solar and wind power is easily than ever and gives you greater freedom to take your boat off the grid....]]>
Maintaining a life raft - We go inside a recertification to show what happens and help you decide if a new or used raft is best for you http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1684-maintaining-a-life-raft.html Maintaining a life raft - We go inside a recertification to show what happens and help you decide if a new or used raft is best for you
The decision on whether to carry a life raft and what kind of life raft that should be can be a challenge for sailors. New six-person, non-commercial life rafts cost at least $1,700. Used life rafts can be a relative bargain, but all rafts need periodic maintenance. The decision on what is right for a boat can hinge on factors as varied as budget to the kind of sai...]]>
How to fold a sail - Know how to perform this sailing basic correctly for better sets and the admiration of crewmates http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1658-how-to-fold-a-sail.html How to fold a sail - Know how to perform this sailing basic correctly for better sets and the admiration of crewmates
 Folding a sail is a task that sailors do every day, on the dock or on the deck, and while it won’t make or break you as a sailor, knowing how to fold a sail correctly will make your sails last longer, make them easier to set and ingratiate you to the rest of the crew.

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Sailing down wind on a multihull - Find the right balance between angle and speed to make the most of off-the-wind sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1650-sailing-down-wind-on-a-multihull.html Sailing down wind on a multihull - Find the right balance between angle and speed to make the most of off-the-wind sailing
All sailors are used to tacking upwind. And if you think about it, it seems fair that if you have to tack up wind, you should also have to tack down wind. But when your destination is straight down wind, it’s almost irresistible to resist the urge to aim right at it. The problem is that when it’s windy, dead down wind is dangerous, and when it’s l...]]>
Optimizing electrical systems - Tweak your boat’s battery bank and wiring to make the most of your power http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1636-optimizing-electrical-systems.html Optimizing electrical systems - Tweak your boat’s battery bank and wiring to make the most of your power
An unreliable electrical system is seldom dangerous but can be a major inconvenience. The good news is that new, affordable technology and good old solid electrical engineering can combine to make a n...]]>
Make the most of charter briefing - Paying attention, asking questions sets the stage for a smooth and successful charter http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1605-make-the-most-of-charter-briefing.html Make the most of charter briefing - Paying attention, asking questions sets the stage for a smooth and successful charter

Few things can seem more inconvenient that the briefing all bareboat charters start with. You may be anxious to get off the dock and set sail, but the briefing is no time to let your mind wander. Pay attention, ask the right questions and you'll be on your way with crucial information in no time. 


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Deck hatch maintenance - Don’t let a little drip turn into a gusher; fixing hatches isn’t as hard as you think http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1596-deck-hatch-maintenance.html Deck hatch maintenance - Don’t let a little drip turn into a gusher; fixing hatches isn’t as hard as you think
The time will come when you need to give your deck hatches some attention. Those little drips when it rains or when you have a deck washer passage are your first clues. ...]]>
What to do when you've run aground - When your boat goes bump on the bottom, know how to save yourself without making the situation worse http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1576-what-to-do-when-youve-run-aground.html What to do when you've run aground - When your boat goes bump on the bottom, know how to save yourself without making the situation worse
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 are inclined to take can make matters worse. You may already doubt your own skills and your decision making. You’ll get a lot of advice, some of it noisy,...]]>
Rendering assistance at sea - If the time comes when you need to come to the aid of a fellow sailor, know what to do and what not to do http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1526-rendering-assistance-at-sea.html Rendering assistance at sea - If the time comes when you need to come to the aid of a fellow sailor, know what to do and what not to do
Imagine yourself and your crew are spending a relaxing afternoon sailing or you are battling a storm to make it to the next port. Then without warning you find yourself in a position to render assista...]]>
How to start racing - Keeping it simple, casual and fun in a relaxed fleet will make you enjoy your boat even more http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1519-how-to-start-racing.html How to start racing - Keeping it simple, casual and fun in a relaxed fleet will make you enjoy your boat even more
For many sailors, the world of sailboat racing is completely foreign. It can be an intimidating experience filled with complicated rules, fancy gear and packed starting lines filled with yelling. And ...]]>
Saving energy at sea - A solar charging system not only saves money long-term but might allow you to go completely engine-free http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1495-saving-energy-at-sea.html Saving energy at sea - A solar charging system not only saves money long-term but might allow you to go completely engine-free
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Multihull sailing for monohull sailors - Sailing a cat can require forgetting some things and learning a few new tips http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1470-multihull-sailing-for-monohull-sailors.html Multihull sailing for monohull sailors - Sailing a cat can require forgetting some things and learning a few new tips
Whether it's taking the helm for a charter or you're planning to switch to a multihull, there are a few habits that monohull sailors need to change to sail a catamaranBob Grieser/Outsideimages.com...]]>
Upwind sail trim http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1458-upwind-sail-trim.html Upwind sail trim

Sail faster and better by taking your trimming technique beyond 'sheet it and cleat it'

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Outboard engine maintenance http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1445-outboard-engine-maintenance.html Outboard engine maintenance
C ompared to the outboard motors of years ago, today's outboards are very reliable; however they still require some maintenance to keep them running at their best. A few simple procedures using a handful of tools will keep that motor humming, whether it is on your dinghy or your sailboat's transom. Outboard motors have gone through a quiet revolution over the last decade. The smoky, poor runni...]]>
Updating your splicing arsenal http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1437-updating-your-splicing-arsenal.html Updating your splicing arsenal
Soft shackles are easy to make and useful to have on hand Many sailors know a variety of useful splices, but advances in line technology have expanded the roles lines play on boats, even going so far as to replace heavy hardware in some cases. Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, commonly known as Spectra or Dyneema is a game changer in the world of sailboat rigging. It is cheaper, ligh...]]>
Cruising with kids http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1423-cruising-with-kids.html Cruising with kids
Experienced sailing parents share their tips for family harmony at seaIt can be intimidating to think about cruising with children. Most kids lead pretty structured lives from infanthood to college, so figuring out how to keep a family happy when the routine is going to change­-drastically-can be enough to make some parents put sailing with the family on perpetual hold. But parents who've bee...]]>
A whole new bottom - Sometimes you need to start from scratch to get a great finish below the waterline http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1416-a-whole-new-bottom.html A whole new bottom - Sometimes you need to start from scratch to get a great finish below the waterline

 

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Heavy weather sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1404-heavy-weather-sailing.html Heavy weather sailing
Practice heaving-to and forereaching before the storm clouds gather A strong line of thunderstorms will reach you just after dark," is exactly what you don't want to hear as you are preparing to round Cape Hatteras. A few years back I was delivering a Beneteau 461 from Connecticut to Tortola, a classic fall milk run. Insurance required that we use a weather router and we chose longtime router...]]>
Fishing under sail http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1386-fishing-under-sail.html Fishing under sail
You can be feeding the crew and landing big catches with even a simple setup Eating well and passing time at sea conveniently come together when fishing while sailing, and there's nothing like the thrill of landing a great catch. The easiest and least expensive way to get started fishing is by using a meat line or hand line. All along the Pacific Coast, from California to Panama a meat line ha...]]>
Provisioning for offshore http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1378-provisioning-for-offshore.html Provisioning for offshore
Planning ahead but remaining flexible is key to providing good meals at sea On an offshore passage, food is more than just sustenance. It can mark the passage of hours, become a highlight of an otherwise unexciting trip or be a life-sustaining force shared with good crewmates. An offshore passage is not an excuse to eat bad food. With good planning, preparation and the right mindset, provisi...]]>
Anchoring a multihull http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1367-anchoring-a-multihull.html Anchoring a multihull
Master the nuances of anchoring a big cat and you'll be the envy of the charter scene Anchoring is an essential cruising skill, and one that you'll notice not everyone has grasped if you spend a cocktail hour in a busy anchorage. Compounding the problem is that the techniques for anchoring a multihull, as many charterers prefer, are different than those used for centuries on monohulls. So even a ...]]>