Darrell Nicholson

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Recent Stories From this Author

40 Years of Breaking Boat Gear
January 19, 2015 Practical Sailor’s 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 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...

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Never Enough Rope

by Darrell Nicholson on January 20, 2015

Left to their own devices, some sailors buy rope the way Imelda Marcos used to buy shoes—impulsively, 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.

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