In this first installment of a two-part look at winches, we present an overview of market trends, an in-depth look at two product innovations, and a retrospective look at how some of the older technology has been holding up.
Practical Sailor recently tested the strength of solid laminate with relation to the bolt passing through it. We also tested several materials used to make backing plates when attaching fittings, hardware, and structural components to the boat.
Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear
Recent tests on a miserable holding bottom in the Chesapeake Bay showed that conventionally sized anchors just dont hold in a soupy bottom. Those that canpivoting fluke anchorsarent always the easiest to set, and security during wind shifts is much debated....
Safety & Seamanship
No sailor can resist the temptation to look over another sailors work, and nothing draws the eye faster than your neighbors docklines. We like to know our boat and our neighbors boats will be where we left them when we return, not rubbing together or worse....
July 26, 2016
My main problem with boat fenders is that they appear to violate the cardinal rule of cruising: any object you bring aboard should serve at least two purposes (the way your crewmate's favorite yellow shirt makes a great Q flag). A fender, however, does only one jobcushion the blow between the hull and something hardand then it swallows up valuable lazarette or anchor locker space when that one job is not required.
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
- I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)
- I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)
- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)