Over the past few years, weve noticed a worldwide uptick in keel failures. The problem has yet to reach epidemic proportions, but we are hearing more and more troubling accounts of what happens when the ballast parts company with the hull, and a crew faces capsize, flooding, andall too oftendeath.
Safety & Seamanship
When researching Changing Views on Chain Hooks (see PS, March 2016 online), we were surprised to discover that some chain hooks greatly reduced the breaking strength of a chain. Unless the hook itself broke, we assumed its effect on chain strength would be very minor.
Performance-oriented sailors recognize that leeway is one of the last variables left to be accurately quantified. It can be defined as a sailboats movement through the water in a direction that differs from the boats heading. Unfortunately, todays paddle-wheel...
Belowdecks & Amenities
Staples of the modern home kitchen, Crock-Pots and rice cookers are time-savers, enabling chefs to prepare long-cooking meals without tending the stove for hours. But theres another way to slow-cook foods, one thats easily portable and doesnt require a constant...
by Darrell Nicholson and Drew Frye on May 03, 2016
If you didn't remove you're running rigging last winter than more than likely youre coming back to sheets and halyards coated in mold and mildew. What now? In July of 2011, we knotted up an expansive report cordage cleaning; here are some of the tips from the rope manufacturers we spoke with.
- A Quest for Keel Integrity
- Hitches to Grip Anchor Chain
- Cracking the Leeway Code
- Slow(er) Cooking On Board
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
- I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)
- I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)
- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)