Choosing a new set of foul-weather gear is not a decision most sailors take lightly. With mid-range gear priced around $500 for a jacket and bibbed trousers, it isnt a small investment. Knowing what specific brands have to offer - and what to look for - is key to making a sound purchase, and to ensuring youll be warm and dry aboard.
When it comes to describing a sailboat's most valuable attribute, it's surprising how varied opinions can be. Staying afloat should be our first priority, and although you seldom read or hear much about it at boat shows, the structural elements that hold a sailboat together are an...
Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear
Practical Sailor carried out its own series of anchor tests in a mud bottom in 2006, and those tests bore out a commonly known fact: Danforth-style anchors, which feature flukes that are proportionally larger than other types of anchors of the same mass, tend to hold...
We recently had a chance to ocean test the new DeLorme inReach Explorer on a passage from Sarasota, Fla., to the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys. Like the original inReach and the second-gen inReach SE, the first such standalone device designed to send and receive texts by...
Inside Practical Sailor Blog
by Darrell Nicholson on January 20, 2015
Left to their own devices, some sailors buy rope the way Imelda Marcos used to buy shoesimpulsively, profligately, with a kind of obsessive urge. Even today when some of us go to a boat show we have to stand for a long time next to the booth with the stacked coils of multicolored climbing rope and odds-and-ends in all lengths and diameters, wishing we could come up with a reason to get just a little bit more. There's no such thing as too much. We're melded with Imelda.