Sailing Magazine - Features https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Mon, 19 Apr 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 The Danger of Deferred Maintenance - Fixing little problems at fitting out time can prevent dangerous and expensive issue laters https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2298-the-danger-of-deferred-maintenance.html Yacht surveyors have an interesting perspective on boat maintenance. They see what happens when a boat isn’t given the care it needs often leading to damage that requires expensive repair  and ...]]> No Magic Touch - In the most extreme Cup ever sailed, a promising American challenge flops as a small fleet pushes the limits of technology https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2297-no-magic-touch.html It was a scene that looked more like a futuristic movie than one from a sailing racecourse. Patriot, the New York Yacht Club’s AC75 challenging for the America’s Cup, bucked out of Auckland’s Ha...]]> Paradise Bound, Sanctuary Found - At first this liveboard couple feared the isolation of a pandemic lockdown, and then they embraced a new way of life and found the cruising lifestyle they dreamed of https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2292-paradise-bound-sanctuary-found.html Hundreds of miles from anything resembling a western city, in the lagoon of an uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific, our floating home, Agape, sat quietly in crystal clear turquoise water. As the re...]]> Young Again - Fresh out of college, a young couple found the boat they didn’t know they were looking for and set about on a major refit https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2290-young-again.html When my husband Chris and I found Avocet, a 1979 Cheoy Lee 41, she was a sturdy, well-loved boat in need of the kind of care any nearly 40-year-old boat would require. Truth be told, it was not love a...]]> Cruising to Smuggler's Cove - Just 16 miles from San Diego, Mexico’s Coronado Islands are a perfect spot for a staycation cruise https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2286-cruising-to-smugglers-cove.html Exotic destinations will always have their allure, but 2020 has been the year of the staycation. For landlubbers, it meant camping in the backyard, but for sailors it became the perfect excuse to beco...]]> Wizards of Wood - Experts in cold-molded boatbuilding, Van Dam Custom Yachts launches its latest creation, the 44-foot Italmas on Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2276-wizards-of-wood.html On a perfect summer day, the 44-foot Italmas sailed across Northern Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix with a bone in her teeth. At first glance, she might be mistaken for a classic from another century wit...]]> Gift for sailors - SAILING’s editors share their picks for holiday gift giving https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2277-gift-for-sailors.html Every sailors needs a great knife. Both of these feature a blunt tip, one-handed opening, and steel that will stand the test of time. Spyderco’s Atlantic Salt Green with integrated shackle key,...]]> New Boat Showcase - Canceled boat shows aren’t keeping manufacturers from launching a fleet of fast, fun and exciting new boats https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2263-new-boat-showcase.html  Leopard 42Designers Robertson and Caine blended the modern appearance of the company’s award-winning Leopard 50 with the styling of its Leopard 53 Powercat to create an ocean-going yacht that...]]> Farewell to brothers of the sea - John Kretschmer shares memories of Larry Pardey and Marvin Creamer, two sailors who helped shape him and led the way to his life under sail https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2264-farewell-to-brothers-of-the-sea.html People who inspire us are those who find a way to launch dreams, to launch voyages, to sidestep conventional wisdom and sober, well-intentioned advice, and lead lives that are truly their own. They us...]]> Searching for Ms. Right - Patience and perseverance pays off for a young couple’s quest for the perfect boat https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2249-searching-for-ms-right.html My wife Vivian and I spent years looking for a sailboat to call home. Nomads by nature, twice selling or giving away nearly all of our possessions to go on extended adventures the thought of buying a ...]]> What great chartering - No need to look farther than your own back yard https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2250-what-great-chartering.html How do you scratch the adventure sailing itch when air travel is challenging and a worldwide pandemic restricts entry to some countries? To paraphrase Dorothy Gale, you don’t need to look any farthe...]]> Enchanted Charter - A cruising couple fall in love with a classic yawl on a charter off the Maine coast https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2251-enchanted-charter.html Like most sailors, my husband George and I dream of owning a vintage sailboat with classic lines. Being landlocked in Colorado, we sit around on cold winter nights and scratch out numbers on scraps of...]]> The Cactus Club - For more than 60 years, an avid group of sailors from the Arizona Yacht Club has been sailing in the Sonoran Desert https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2231-the-cactus-club.html Onne van der Wal photoWhen Bob Naylor visited a yacht club on the East Coast and presented his yacht club card that features a cactus on its burgee he was met with a quizzical look. “Is this real?��...]]> A new approach - There’s never been a better time to improve your sailing skills in creative new ways https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2225-a-new-approach.html Shorthanded sailing, whether it be racing, daysailing or cruising is a great way to improve your sailing skills.  Sailors know that their sport is uniquely suited to a time of uncertainty, after ...]]> Plotting a course to Caribbean sabbatical cruise - John Kretschmer shares his wealth of knowledge on the logistics of a Caribbean sabbatical so you can do it too https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2221-plotting-a-course-to-caribbean-sabbatical-cruise.html I recall my first Caribbean landfall like it was yesterday. And trust me, it wasn’t yesterday—it was 40 years ago. It was November and we were heading south from Bermuda. After five days we e...]]> Big fun in a teacup pram - The little stitch-and-glue home-built Frosty won over sailors with its good performance and affordability https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2215-big-fun-in-a-teacup-pram.html Winter weather on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod can force competitive sailors indoors with little to do but wait out the long months until they can sail again. More than 40 years ago, Harwich Harbormaste...]]> How to live the dream - We asked liveaboard cruisers how they left life on land behind and headed to sea for adventure and a change of pace https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2216-how-to-live-the-dream.html Most sailors have entertained the idea, even if only in passing, of leaving life on land and setting out to cruise the world on a sturdy sailboat ready for adventure. Although many dream, few actually...]]> Back in the BVI - A young couple brought their baby on a charter to the British Virgin Islands, now they return with a rambunctious 7-year-old young sailor https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2207-back-in-the-bvi.html I cried when our son Sam was born and again when he rode his bike without training wheels for the first time. And since I was a skier before I became a sailor, I burst into tears when our cute li...]]> Shifting gears into cruising mode - When the Golden Rock Regatta was cancelled, this crew of racers changed plans and switched to charter cruising in the Leeward Islands https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2208-shifting-gears-into-cruising-mode.html Betsy Senescu photo I never intended to pull a bait and switch. When my husband Barry and I invited avid racing friends to join us in the Caribbean, our intent was to compete in the Golden R...]]> Into the wild - A cruise through Alaska’s Prince William Sound brings sailors into the heart of the splendid wilderness https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2217-into-the-wild.html Dorian goes high to navigate through the ice as Qilak leaves Columbia Bay.Julien Giradot photoLiterary masters including Jack London and John Muir have described the beauty of Alaska with more talent,...]]> Sailing into the season - An illustrated guide to fitting out https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2188-sailing-into-the-season.html  Make the most of the precious sailing season by getting your boat ready to go.  SailsInspect your sails, paying particular attention to high-stress points including the tack, clew and head....]]> It's all about the fun - Instead of lazing around a pool, sailors are packing their seabags and heading for learn-to-sail vacations in tropical locations https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2176-its-all-about-the-fun.html The enticing part of sailing is that every time you go to sea you learn something new. And because sailors aren’t typically people who like to sit idly by on their vacations, combining the two, by l...]]> Cruising to the toe of Italy - A mid-September cruise along Italy’s southwest coast is an ideal time to find the beauty without the hassle https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2182-cruising-to-the-toe-of-italy.html The first time I watched a promotional video for a cruising sailboat was after I had been cruising for at least 10 years. The film was filled with good weather, sunshine, happy faces, perhaps a brief ...]]> Crazy about the sea https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2187-crazy-about-the-sea.html British yachtswoman Jeanne Socrates made international headlines when she became the oldest person to sail nonstop around the world, alone and unassisted. The 77-year-old sailed into Victoria, British...]]> Mariah rises again - Through two restorations, Pearson 36 hull No. 1 keeps finding its way back to sailing families who love the boat and respect its legacy https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2167-mariah-rises-again.html Sometimes boats and their owners seem meant for each other. And sometimes things align so well that it seems like it must be fate. And everything about Mariah’s story seems fated. Due to a mis...]]> Sailing a piece of history - The classic Herreshoff-designed S-boat class celebrated its centennial in style https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2161-sailing-a-piece-of-history.html J.H. Peterson photoMembers of the S-boat class don’t consider themselves owners of their boats. They call themselves caretakers of the classic boats that they consider pieces of history. And they ha...]]> Sailing to romance island - Catalina Island is a short hop from Southern California, making it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2162-sailing-to-romance-island.html We were barely 20 minutes out of the harbor when the engine conked out. It was early in the day and the whisper of wind meant a motorsail to Santa Catalina Island was unavoidable, but the Yanmar would...]]> Sailing's Best Photos of the Year - SAILING Magazine’s contributing photographers share their favorite images and what makes them so special https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2159-sailings-best-photos-of-the-year.html  The 65-foot Icelandic ketch Arktika heads up the Johan Petersen fjord on the southeast coast of Greenland. “I had chartered Arktika for a seven-day photographic workshop with six shooters...]]> Gift for Sailors - SAILING’s editors share their picks for holiday gift giving https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2160-gift-for-sailors.html Light, handy and stylish, this folding electric bicycle comes packed with features to make any cruiser happy. A removable, lockable battery, LED display, front and rear disc brakes and 30-mile battery...]]> The Internet's Favorite Sailors - This young Aussie couple is funding living aboard and sailing the world through crowdfunded videos https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2145-the-internets-favorite-sailors.html Most famous sailors have a laundry list of accomplishments and a room full of trophies. Elayna Carausa, 26, and Riley Whitelum, 35, have none of that. What they do have is the largest following of any...]]>