A Quest for Keel Integrity
When righting moment opposes heel, forces are focused at the keel-to-hull junction. While modern boats withstand sailing loads, a grounding can cause invisible harm.

A Quest for Keel Integrity


Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a worldwide uptick in keel failures. The problem has yet to reach epidemic proportions, but we are hearing more and more troubling accounts of what happens when the ballast parts company with the hull, and a crew faces capsize, flooding, and—all too often—death.

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Hitches to Grip Anchor Chain

    When researching “Changing Views on Chain Hooks” (see PS, March 2016 online), we were surprised to discover that some chain hooks greatly reduced the breaking strength of a chain. Unless the hook itself broke, we assumed its effect on chain strength would be very minor.

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  • Marine Electronics

    Cracking the Leeway Code

    Performance-oriented sailors recognize that leeway is one of the last variables left to be accurately quantified. It can be defined as a sailboat’s movement through the water in a direction that differs from the boat’s heading. Unfortunately, today’s paddle-wheel...

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  • Belowdecks & Amenities

    Slow(er) Cooking On Board

    Staples of the modern home kitchen, Crock-Pots and rice cookers are time-savers, enabling chefs to prepare long-cooking meals without tending the stove for hours. But there’s another way to slow-cook foods, one that’s easily portable and doesn’t require a constant...

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