Sailing Magazine - Technique http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-120-1-technique.html Thu, 14 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Weather routing software - Take a deep-dive into intricate weather routing with onboard computer software http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1892-weather-routing-software.html Weather routing software - Take a deep-dive into intricate weather routing with onboard computer software
For years sailors were mostly left to call on experience and instinct when it came to routing a passage. Today, onboard computing power relying on copious amounts of data can show sailors any route with any number of variables applied....]]>
Rig tuning 101 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1881-rig-tuning-101.html Rig tuning 101
Rig tuning isn’t just about maximizing performance, although that’s a nice benefit to a properly tuned rig. At its most basic level, a tuned rig will make your sails more efficient, prevent damage and help you get more life out of your equipment....]]>
Trailer maintenance - Get your boat where it’s going safely by keeping an eye on what hauls it http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1882-trailer-maintenance.html Trailer maintenance - Get your boat where it’s going safely by keeping an eye on what hauls it
Some of the best adventures happen on trailersailers. On what other kind of sailboat can you explore far-off inland lakes, wide rivers or obscure bits of estuaries all in the same weekend? In fact, one of the only drawbacks to being a trailersailor is that you’ve just doubled your maintenance requirements: not only do you have to take care of the boat, you must take care of the trailer, so that ...]]>
Fancy knotwork - Bone up on your knot-tying skills with a few out-of-the-box fun and useful projects http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1864-fancy-knotwork.html Fancy knotwork - Bone up on your knot-tying skills with a few out-of-the-box fun and useful projects
Basics knots, like a bowline or Figure 8, are the foundation of sailboat knots and have been since the beginning of time. These knots are used to terminate control lines, prevent the loss of lines and perform other important tasks. Lesser known “fancy knots,” such as monkey’s fists or different braids, can be useful...]]>
Passage Planning - Planning an ocean passage starts with knowing when to go and which way will get you there fastest http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1858-passage-planning.html Passage Planning - Planning an ocean passage starts with knowing when to go and which way will get you there fastest
The notion of ditching the job and house, buying a boat and sailing away to the tropics, across an ocean, or even around the world, is a fantasy that lurks in the mind of every sailor. Some actually follow their dreams and find a suitable boat and prepare it for serious sailing. Dreams collide with reality when it comes t...]]>
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
Going offshore is all about unplugging, so it’s somewhat ironic that sailin...]]>
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...]]>