Darrell Nicholson


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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
March 23, 2015 As we found in our last major test of bird deterrents, there is no perfect solution for every bird problem, but we’ve come...

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 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...

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PS Tests and the Death Spiral of Curiosity

by Darrell Nicholson on April 28, 2015

Being blessed with product testers who are passionate about their areas of expertise can be a double-edged sword. Their intense interest means they'll be particularly thorough in their research and testing; but their testing can spiral out of control as fascinating minutiae piques their curiosity. As it turns out, the best cure for a PS tester trapped in this downward "more-research-is-needed" spiral is the imminent approach of sailing season. Spring, therefore, is harvest time for the editors at Practical Sailor—and this spring has been particularly fruitful. Here's a glimpse of what's ahead:

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