Darrell Nicholson

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A Shoe Tester’s Epiphany
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Pura Vida Dreamin’
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Alberg’s Timeless Designs
May 14, 2014 We’d tucked into Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, when the pretty green sloop sailed through the narrow slot into the basin. A ballsy...

Share Your Hobie Memories with Us
April 15, 2014 When Hobart “Hobie” Alter died at the age of 80 on March 29, I thought about how Hobie Cats touched my life. I grew up just a...

Testing Telemedicine’s Limits
March 13, 2014 Early into the 645-mile race between Marion, Mass., and the island of Bermuda in 2009, trouble brewed aboard the C&C 40...

Aggressive Hull Cleaning Stirs Up Copper Debate
February 12, 2014 Early this month, irate boat owners from Marina del Rey, Calif., packed the regional water-quality board meeting, protesting a...

Father and Son Sail
January 14, 2014 The boy’s father was at the helm—though you wouldn’t know it at first glance. He sat to the side of his son with his hand...

No Escape From the Grips of this Calm
December 10, 2013 I don’t believe the village of Warapu exists anymore. The ocean carried it away. The school . . . the district government...

Risks of Exploring New Places
November 12, 2013 The place PS call home is an office building and workshop in Sarasota, Fla., where we’ve been based since 2005. However, most...

Movies at Sea
October 14, 2013 At this year’s U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., last month, I was struck by how the marketing materials sustained the...

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The Great Leak Hunt

by Darrell Nicholson on August 26, 2014

I peered into the bilge. A steady stream of water flowed from the aft cabin, under the engine and spilled into the sump. I dabbed my finger in it—salt. Definitely not the icebox. The electric bilge pump was keeping up with the flow, but the water was troubling. Maybe the stuffing box, I thought.

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