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March 2024

2024 March 1

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Cruising connection

Sailing the San Juan Islands brings both joy and challenges to an extended family that finds kindred spirits along the way

Favored child, once again

Saved from dereliction in Florida, the favorite boat of a legendary British author returns to its birthplace to sail again

Guide to fitting out

Tackle annual inspections and routine maintenance to make sailing season smoother

Boats & Gear 

Boat Test: Jeanneau Yachts 55

Technique: Winch maintenance

Boat Doctor: How to fix leaking mast partners

Used Boat Notebook: Hunter 40

Gear: Docking gear

Perry on Design: The Dragonfly 40 and X4.9


For Openers

Full and By: The sea is not kind to sailors on boats that fly

On the Wind: Fitting out is best when you follow the 10 Caswellian Laws

Splashes: Gear busting Sydney-Hobart race

For the Love of a Boat: A Hinckley Pilot 35 yawl turns out to be the perfect boat at the perfect time

The Wharf: Brokerage, charters and other sailing related goods and services 

Your Beauty of Sail: Readers’ photo

On the Cover 

Somewhere under the rainbow, the XP44 XS Moment bashes through the Bass Straight. Turn to Splashes for more from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Cover picture by Kurt Arrigo/Rolex