December 2006

Dinghy Engines

Subscribers Only — The light, easy-to-start Honda BF2 fends off challenges from 3 newcomers.   More...

Maintenance All-Stars

Subscribers Only — Fill your bucket with these favorites for a boat that shines from the bilge to the bow.   More...

High tech gear that won't let you down

Subscribers Only — While good boat hardware and mechanical equipment is usually in production for years with little change, many marine electronics are outmoded the moment they hit the retail stores.   More...

Valiant 42

Subscribers Only — With a taller rig and layout choices, Bob Perry’s classic comes of age.   More...

Mailport: 12/06

MARINE INSURANCE REDUX I have been reading with much interest your articles about marine insurance this year (April and May 2006).   More...

Rhumb Lines - Clipped on for the ride of our lives

Subscribers Only — If you had any doubts how serious we are about testing equipment here at Practical Sailor, check out the story on safety harnesses, beginning on page 24. To our good fortune, Skip Allan, a noted TransPac veteran whose many sailing accolades date back to the early 1960s, oversaw the project. Shortly after the first batch of harnesses arrived at his home in Capitola, Calif., Allan, assisted by photographer-sailor Sherry McKillop, was hurling himself off the side…   More...