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How to sail without a vang: let twist be your friend

Columnist Adrian Morgan on sailing without a vang in his Vertue-class sloop Sally. In our current (March) issue, one sale now.<i>To buy your copy or to</i> …

5 tips: pre-season troubleshooting – key problems with deck gear the experts see regularly

<b>Taking a good look at your deck gear can turn up a surprising number of problems. Matthew Sheahan asks two rigging experts for their top tips on the</b> …

Antifouling: Everything you need to know

<b>PBO’s big hull-stripping test</b><p><b>After a winter of hibernation it will be time to get down to the boatyard and look nervously at your boat’s bottom. But</b> …

HR 29

S/Y Dolphin Dance is a Hallberg-Rassy 29 nr. 483 built in 1990. She was designed by Swedish yacht designer Olle Enderlein together with Christoph …

Cutting the Friction in Sailhandling Systems

Every boat, no matter how big or small, is the sum of its parts, and even on the smallest boat there are plenty of parts. Each fitting, cringle, …

How to maintain your lifejacket

<b>How to maintain your lifejacket</b><p>1. Lifejacket covers are held closed with a Velcro strip or a zip that bursts on inflation. Unfold the bladder taking …

Man Overboard: Practice Techniques

<b>Martin Van Breems; SoundSailingCenter.com, Dutchmar.com</b><p>Although the odds of losing someone overboard are minimal, it’s vital to practice and master …

What to Look for in a Furler

Though most sailing innovations are born on racing boats, cruisers can take credit for pioneering and popularizing the concept of the modern furling …

Winter Reading for Sailors

Okay, I know all our readers in southern parts don’t have to stop sailing over winter, but at least us Northerners get to stoke up a warm fire and …

13 Ways to Make Your Cruiser Faster (and Luckier?)

• Practice: Good sailhandling doesn’t just happen: it takes practice. In preparation for your first big race, take the crew out and throw in a bunch of …

How to Race Your Cruiser

Take Your Sailing to the Next Level, and Have a Lot of Fun Doing It<p>Every sailboat is at heart a racing boat, and every sailor should do a little …

Handy Wire Selection Chart

Learn the basics and you too can rewire your boat.<p>Download the Printable Version Here

A Guide to Fuses and Circuit Breakers: 12V Electronics 101

Learn the basics for fuses and circuit breakers for your boat.<p>Download the Printable Fuse Selection Chart PDF Here

Winterising your boat

<b>Winterising your craft might be time consuming but it's necessary to keep her protected during the cold season. We've put together a list of</b> …

Eco-friendly sailing: enjoy your favourite sport and respect nature

<b>Read our guide and find out how to make simple changes to benefit and look after the environment when you take the boat out.</b> Most sailors and boaters …

Tips for crossing the English Channel

<b>Is there any better feeling than crossing the English Channel in your own boat? Read our guide to crossing the Channel in your own boat below</b>Crossing …

Sailing

paper. ruler. dividers.

Unlike, Paper, Rock, Scissors, this is no game and literally, utterly deadly serious. This is actually about more traditional forms of navigation and …

Meow, a supercharged Contessa 26 with 3Di sails and seriously tweaked rig and gear

<b>The Contessa 26 has a good reputation for performing well overall in the big races and Meow’s owner Chris Charlesworth has gone further than most to</b> …

How to sail round Britain

<b>How to sail round Britain</b><p>What you really need to know to undertake a cruise around the British Isles can actually be summed up in seven words: …

How Not to Cross the Atlantic: Part 1

Day 1: Friday July 11<p>At 0800, fuel tanks topped off, on a favorable ebb flowing out of Maine’s ­Penobscot Bay, we were off to Scotland. Away we went. …

Sailing

‘Did you sail that thing here?’ – solo across the Atlantic in a Folkboat

<b>Carrying his guitar, some fine wine, an old French racing bike and a sextant, Leo Goolden sets out on his first solo ocean crossing in a 24ft …

Tips for Winterizing Your Boat

Sadly, boating season in coming to an end. The days of zooming down the water on your boat while letting the wind whip through your hair are …

sail design

For serious world cruising, where encountering storm sailing at some point is a given, robustness of equipment is paramount. Choice of material is …

drogues

Ask about a controversial subject within the cruising community and, if not immediately, surely soon after you will get a heated debate about the …