Sailing Magazine - Technique http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-120-1-technique.html Sat, 20 Apr 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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. ...]]>