Darrell Nicholson

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Fatherís Rite of Passage
May 12, 2015 [IMGCAP(1)] Last summer, I asked my father to join my two boys and I for an overnight passage to the Keys. At the last...

Rig Tips that You Can Use
April 14, 2015 This issue of Practical Sailor offers a wake-up call for owners of sailboats with rigs of an indeterminate age. But it also...

Do-It-Yourself Bird Deterrents
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Check that Antifouling Label
March 17, 2015 Shortly before this issue went to print, Practical Sailor learned that Irgarol, a pesticide commonly used as a boosting agent...

Cost of Miscalculating Hatteras
February 18, 2015 At the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis last fall, I paused at the newly launched $2.5-million Gunboat 55, Rainmaker, felt the...

40 Years of Breaking Boat Gear
January 19, 2015 Practical Sailorís 40th anniversary came and went last year without hoopla. We talked a while about marking the event with a...

New Anchoring Rules on Horizon in Florida
December 9, 2014 So far, no one at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has returned my phone calls, so Iím left trying to...

Digging into the SSB Radio Kerfuffle
November 18, 2014 Bear with us here. Before you get too far into this monthís report on single-sideband radios beginning, youíll find it is...

Whatís the Frequency, Kenneth?
October 13, 2014 Earlier last month, I had the chance to join renowned sailing author Lin Pardey and survival expert Steve Callahan (author of...

Stitching Versus Splicing
September 12, 2014 A stitch in time saves nine. You donít need to tell this to a sailor. Anyone who has had his genoa split at the leach, or...

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Mechanical Rigging Terminals: To Seal or Not

by Darrell Nicholson on May 19, 2015

Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo’s recent market survey of mechanical rigging terminals in the June 2015 issue of Practical Sailor demonstrated just how long these terminals can last if they are installed correctly. That report came close on the heels of rigger Brion Toss photo essay on what can go wrong if they are not assembled correctly, or assembled without any sealant. Yet manufacturer's are still not entirely clear where they stand on the use of sealants in these fittings.

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