Darrell Nicholson

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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...

The Great Ice Hunt
September 12, 2013 I remember where and when we gave up. Eleuthera. Summer. A day of vision-blurring, morale-melting heat. Tosca’s crew hid under...

Lightning Protection: The Truth About Dissipators
August 19, 2013 About this time of year, when lightning strikes become common, we receive a good deal of mail asking about static dissipators...

The Science of Safety
May 14, 2013 We got some heartbreaking news just before this issue was on its way to the printer: On May 9, British Olympic sailing...

Plotting Your Escape in the Age of Satcom
February 12, 2013 I wanted to try a little experiment this week. Something safe, with little risk of getting hurt. Something I could do while...

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Rope Washing Advice From the Pros

by Darrell Nicholson on April 15, 2014

The rope should be tightly coiled or tied in a daisy-chain, and then placed inside a pillowcase. Front-loading washing machines are recommended; an up-and-down motion is preferable to the rotary motion of most common household machines. Without coiling or daisy-chaining, a rope can turn into an impressive tangle. The pillowcase further restricts the motion of the rope and prevents the rope from wrapping around the central agitator, which can destroy ropes and break washing machines.

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