Sailing Magazine - Technique Sun, 26 Sep 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Jury-rigging steering - Losing steering is an emergency but good seamanship skills can lead to a fix to get you home Losing steering is an emergency, but it’s one that you can prepare for by having a plan tucked away in the back of your head. When a boat loses steering you know it quickly. Sometimes there’s clun...]]> Understanding sail trim - Proper trimming goes beyond getting the telltales to fly and sheeting until it stops luffing If music is how we feel math, then sailing is how we live physics. And sail trim, like playing an instrument, is our touchpoint with the medium. In fact, apart from steering a sailboat, which is one o...]]> Selecting the right propeller for your boat - Choosing the correct propeller will give you the best of all worlds for performance sailing, club racing, motor sailing or motoring Should you ditch your fixed propeller? If your goal is to sail or motor to your destination more quickly, whether to the anchorage for cocktails or to your first waypoint on a passage, then a folding ...]]> DIY canvas repair - Get the most life out of your canvas work with easy repairs you can do yourself Canvas doesn’t last forever. UV rays, wind and regular wear take their toll on sail covers, biminis, dodgers and more. Replacement is an investment, but there’s a good chance your canvas work can ...]]> Sailing safe on a multihull - The monohull rules don’t necessarily apply to multihulls, so understand the difference before you set sail There was a time when multihulls were enough of an oddity that they’d routinely turn some heads as they entered the harbor. Sailors have now embraced the many benefits of multihulls, and more and mo...]]> Seeing better at night - Night vision devices can be an important tool in safe sailing in the dark Although night-vision technology has been available to sailors for many years, most people find their first purchase a bit daunting. And for good reason: there’s a great deal to know and understand....]]> How to polish a hull back to a super shine - Modern marine paints don’t take well to buffing, but polishing with a ceramic coating can bring new life to old paint jobs Marine paint has come a long way. Modern paints are amazing, they are shiny and colorful, abrasive resistant and survive many years under the punishing rays of the sun. They stand up well, but over ti...]]> How to charter safely - Chartering has changed in the time of Covid-19, but there are plenty of ways to stay safe onboard Like everything else, chartering has changed in the pandemic. Charter companies have adapted to help keep customers and staff safe, but more importantly they have found ways to help sailors feel comfo...]]> Understanding boat insurance - Navigate the complicated waters of insuring your boat amidst hurricanes, fire and other damage When a big storm pounds across a boat-packed harbor, some sailors shrug off the prospect of serious damage or total loss with words like, “Hey, no worries. My boat is insured.” While that may be ...]]> Docking under power - Become a docking master by understanding the mechanics at work in getting a boat in a slip Even the most competent sailor may bristle at pulling into a tight slip with a strong cross breeze. But understanding the mechanics at play in docking a boat make smooth landings far easier.Sailboats ...]]> Delamination repair - Wet core is a recipe for problems, but repairing the problem is often not as hard as you may think Wet core is one of the most common problems you’ll find in boats constructed with a cored-laminate hull or deck, particularly those of a certain age. Although tackling such damage can be a messy job...]]> Co-owning a boat - Teaming up can be an affordable route to boat ownership so long as you go into it with an agreement and a sense of whether its right for you  A growing trend suggests more sailors are opting for joint sailboat ownership. Painted in broad strokes, the concept seems relatively simple: if two people own the boat, it translates to ha...]]> Steering inspection - Steering problems are serious but many can be avoided with routine maintenance Steering problems are almost always serious and can quickly rise to the level of an emergency. But most problems can be avoided with regular inspections and maintenance. Steering systems are extremel...]]> Adding a staysail - A properly rigged staysail is a great passagemaking tool Sail selection is key for offshore sailing. You need a combination that provides speed without overburdening the boat and enough flexibility that you don’t have to make frequent sail changes.A fixed...]]> Weather routing services - Having a weather router dedicated to your passage can offer valuable information and peace of mind Menacing clouds hung low in the sky, and despite it being only 3 p.m., it felt on the verge of nightfall. The radar screen was lit up like a Christmas tree, and we did our best to dodge and weave the ...]]> How to make the most of your charter - Fine-tune your charter to your liking to create the ultimate sailor’s vacation The charter business was born 50 years ago in the British Virgin Islands with six 35-foot sailboats and a dream by Charlie and Ginny Cary to help people go sailing in one of the best cruising grounds ...]]> Inflatable life jacket maintenance The following multi-tiered approach to maintenance stems from recommendations from manufacturers and the U.S. Coast Guard, and covers both hydrostatic (pressure sensing) and bobbin type (water soluble...]]> Improve your chances for survival when you go overboard - What the person in the water does is just as important as what a boat’s crew does in a man overboard situation Sailors know that when a person goes overboard the crew must go immediately into recovery mode. Man overboard procedures are studied and practiced. But what happens if you are the person in the water?...]]> Going aloft - Whether you have help or you’re going solo, a trip up the mast starts with safety There are times on every boat when you need to send someone aloft. This is almost never convenient, but it’s a necessity and one in which safety needs to be a priority. Fortunately, the days of a pl...]]> Cockpit awning on a budget - At less than $100, this DIY awning might not be as pretty as one that’s custom made but it does the job If your boat lies unattended, even for a short time—be it in a marina, (in or out of the water), or on a mooring—it doesn’t take long for it to become grubby, from bird droppings or wind blown d...]]> 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...]]>