We've long been interested in drogues, devices specifically designed to be towed behind a boat to reduce speed and to produce directional stability in heavy weather. Our last major drogue test was in 2009, when noted marine writers and circumnavigators Evans Starzinger and Beth Leonard shared their storm tactics (see Heavy Weather Sailing Tactics". Another relevant article, Sea Anchors and Drogues, compared a variety of drag devices. If you are interested in purchasing a drogue, we recommend reading the archive articles along with this report.
Each fall, Practical Sailor editors pick through the best test products of the past year to find the cream of the crop for our PS Editors Choice roster. To be named to the list, products must earn the Best Choice rating among their respective peers and clearly stand out above...
Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear
When youve tested anchors as long as Practical Sailor has, you feel pressed to explore unconventional arrangements that others advocateparticularly if the advocates include experienced sailors and a major anchor manufacturer. Such is the case with the tandem anchor...
Our boats are molded, heart and soul, from fiberglass resin. And while sailors will argue for hours over the best splice, multi-function display, or anchor, repairs or modification to the actual fiberglass structure are considered a black art. However, working with composite...
by Darrell Nicholson on August 19, 2016
Murphys Law has an affinity for old marine diesel engines with aging fuel systems. Contaminated fuel is a common problem, and late last year we looked at various additives that claim to preserve stability in both gasoline and diesel fuel during long-term storage. But fuel system maintenance doesnt stop during the sailing season. Here are some fuel-system management practices that will help you avoid any fuel-related problems this season.
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- The Year's Top Sailing Gear
- Doubling Up: Full-size Tandem Anchoring
- Unsticking Molds
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