In this first installment of a two-part look at winches, we present an overview of market trends, an in-depth look at two product innovations, and a retrospective look at how some of the older technology has been holding up.
Practical Sailor recently tested the strength of solid laminate with relation to the bolt passing through it. We also tested several materials used to make backing plates when attaching fittings, hardware, and structural components to the boat.
Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear
Recent tests on a miserable holding bottom in the Chesapeake Bay showed that conventionally sized anchors just dont hold in a soupy bottom. Those that canpivoting fluke anchorsarent always the easiest to set, and security during wind shifts is much debated....
Safety & Seamanship
No sailor can resist the temptation to look over another sailors work, and nothing draws the eye faster than your neighbors docklines. We like to know our boat and our neighbors boats will be where we left them when we return, not rubbing together or worse....
by Darrell Nicholson on July 19, 2016
Most long-time readers are familiar with our ratings categoriesBest Choice, Recommended, and Budget Buybut their significance might not be so obvious to new readers. In fact, weve received a number of letters from people asking us to clarify what these ratings mean. So, here it is.
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)