Darrell Nicholson

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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 I’m left trying to...

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

What’s 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 don’t need to tell this to a sailor. Anyone who has had his genoa split at the leach, or...

Reasons to Stick with Teak
August 11, 2014 About two miles up the Lumut River in western Malaysia, a local entrepreneur known simply as “Mr. Chan” ran a small mooring...

A Shoe Tester’s Epiphany
July 15, 2014 I had a bit of a problem last month when we scheduled our latest shoe test. PS Managing Editor Ann Key, our premier shoe...

Pura Vida Dreamin’
June 11, 2014 If you were the young, newly married Ben Harrison, hanging out in San Francisco in 1973 with your beautiful art graduate wife,...

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...

Inside Practical Sailor Blog

Pocket Cruisers Unite!

by Darrell Nicholson on December 16, 2014

Anytime you talk about pocket cruisers you have to clarify what you mean, for the term is loosely applied to a wide range of small boats, some with very little in common besides displacement. Size is certainly a factor, but size is relative. I’ve seen 26-feet length overall (LOA) being a commonly cited as the upper limit for the “pocket” appellation, and that seems about right, although a few decades ago a 26-foot sailboat was called something else—a yacht.

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