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$22.00 U.S. - Sailors' Secrets: Advice from the Masters
Sailors' Secrets contains over 1,000 tips, suggestions, evaluations, and nuggets of hard-won advice from more than 300 seasoned veterans.
Instructive humorous, biting, and challenging, Sailors' Secrets can be opened anywhere and enjoyed. Its wide-ranging chapters cover routine maintenance, understanding weather, safety at sea, storm strategies, piloting, engine troubleshooting, gear and outfitting, and simple solutions to complex problems.
$35.00 U.S. - Handbook of Sailing
This classic contains 2,000 diagrams and photos enabling you to visualize every sailing procedure and maneuver; reflects the latest word on procedures, techniques, and equipment. 48 pages of full-color photos.
Extremely comprehensive of almost all aspects of sailing. For beginners through advanced levels including spinnakers, weather, navigation & lights, tides, first aid, knots, recovering from various emergencies, entering & leaving difficult moorings, rafting, anchoring, and much more. Experts in any area will want greater detail on a topic but others will be grateful for the help that's here. The 1250 drawings and photos are outstanding for their clarity and illustrative value.
$30.00 U.S. - Marine Diesel Engines
Marine Diesel Engines has been the bible for do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder's bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:
$14.00 U.S. - The Essential Knot Book
Knowing which to use and how to tie them can be a matter of life and death. Isnt it worth spending some time now learning to tie them correctly, quickly and confidently?
Introducing The Essential Knot Book for Boats, the straight-forward guide to tying the knots you need on your boat. The Essential Knot Book covers all the bends, hitches, whippings and splices used every day by anyone going to sea. It shows, at a glance, both how to tie the knot, bend or hitch and how to use it most effectively aboard.
Supplemented with large illustrations and high-quality photographs, each description and set of instructions will guide you through the practice you need ashore so youre ready and confident at sea.
Invest some time now with The Essential Knot Book for Boats.
$15.95 U.S. - Inspecting the Aging Sailboat
Become an Expert Judge of Used Sailboats Step by step, the author of the bestselling This Old Boat shows you how to evaluate the condition of an older fiberglass sailboat-the one you own or the one you'd like to purchase. Don Casey's expert advice helps you:
-Assess the condition of a used sailboat in 30 minutes
-Prioritize maintenance and repair tasks for a boat you already own
-Catch potential problems early
-Know where to look and what to look for (and how to interpret what you see)
A professional survey is recommended before purchasing a boat-and usually required for financing-but with Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, you can consider and reject any number of boats before settling on "the one." This book will streamline your used-boat shopping while saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in professional survey fees.
$19.95 U.S. - The Brightwork Companion
From Rebecca Wittman, author of the bestselling "Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood", The Brightwork Companion is the perfect guide to help you make your boat's wood trim beautiful.
With its technical expertise in a quick-reference style, The Brightwork Companion makes every project easier with:
-Lists of the must-have tools and materials (and important safety information)
-Step-by-step procedures for bleaching, sanding, oiling, and varnishing
-Refinishing instructions for spars, decks, trim, and interiors
The Brightwork Companion will immediately become your "go-to" manual for all your brightwork projects, and help you avoid frustrations and prevent costly mistakes.
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$24.00 U.S. - Sailing a Serious Ocean
"I know you'll want to read more after you finish Sailing a Serious Ocean. And be warned, you'll very likely want to sail with John, perhaps across an ocean." -- DALLAS MURPHY, AUTHOR OF ROUNDING THE HORN
After sailing 300,000 miles and weathering dozens of storms in all the world's oceans, John Kretschmer has plenty of stories and advice to share. John's offshore training passages sell out a year in advance and his entertaining presentations are popular at boat shows and yacht clubs all over the English speaking world. John's talent for storytelling enchants his audience as it soaks up the lessons he learned during his oftenchallenging voyages. Now you can take a seat next to John--at a lesser cost--and get the knowledge you need to fulfill your own dream of blue-water adventure.
In Sailing a Serious Ocean, John tells you what to expect when sailing the oceans and shows how to sail safely across them. His tales of storm encounters and other examples of extreme seamanship will help you prepare for your journey and give you confidence to handle any situationeven heavy weather. Through his personal stories, John will guide you through the whole process of choosing the right boat, outfitting with the right gear, planning your route, navigating the ocean, and understanding the nuances of life at sea.
Our oceans are beautiful yet unpredictablewater that is at one moment a natural mirror for the glowing sun can turn into a foamy, raging wall of fury. John knows our oceans, and he is one of the best teachers of taming and enjoying them. Before you set off across the big blue, turn to John for his inspirational stories and hard-learned advice and discover the serious sailor in you.
$35.00 U.S. - Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat
Just about every sailboatused and newcan make a good cruiser, but only if the hull-deck structure, rig, and systems meet certain standards. Spurrs Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat tells you what those standards are, and gives you all the help you need to refurbish and upgrade every structure, surface, fitting, and system on your boatstem to stern, project by project. This all-in-one guide leads you step by step to a seaworthy, crew-friendly boat with top-notch cruising performance. Not only will you learn what to look for when you buy a new or used boat, you'll also learn how to reinforce your boats hull and structural components, redesign and replace rigging, upgrade electrical systems, and much more.
$49.99 U.S. - The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
If you love the wind in your sails, this book belongs in your hands!
Add to your sailing skills, safety, and know-how with the new 4th edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship!
You dont have to be told about the lure of wind, water, and boats. For those who love it, sailing is a passion. It draws us back. It demands much and rewards just as fully. And when it comes to sailing, we know the importance of being as prepared as possible. That is seamanship.
The most complete and best reference book on the sport that has ever been available. American Sailing Association
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship includes...
Chapter 1: The Boat Chapter 2: Getting Under Way Chapter 3: Sail Trim Chapter 4: Weather Chapter 5: Sail-Handling Gear and Knots Chapter 6: The Sailors Health Chapter 7: Safety Chapter 8: Rules of the Road Chapter 9: Navigation Aids Chapter 10: The Magnetic Compass Chapter 11: Plotting and Position Finding Chapter 12: Special Piloting Techniques Chapter 13: Electronics Chapter 14: Anchoring Chapter 15: Heavy Weather Chapter 16: Emergencies Chapter 17: Equipment and Maintenance Chapter 18: Traditions and Courtesies
This new edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship stresses the skills and attitudes that define the craft of sailing. Youll look at boats from foredeck to backstay...rigs from catboat to cutter. Youll get valuable Hands On checklists for boat-buying, COB rescue methods, trimming the spinnaker, reading the wind, and more.
The book looks closely at the elements of piloting, navigation, and electronics. Youll refresh your familiarity with the rules of the road, with charts, and with plotting. Youll practice dead reckoning, running fixes, and the rule of 60. Youll get tips for cheating the tide, forecasting fronts, and predicting fog.
And of course, the book examines the arts of traditional seamanship including anchoring, heavy weather, and emergencies. Youll get guidance on choosing rode and selecting an anchorage. You review techniques for reefing, for using a sea anchor, and for coping with a steering failure or dismasting.
Plus, this book will help keep your boat shipshape with maintenance and tuning hints, as well as a look at flag etiquette, environmental practices, and more.
For all the sailing you look forward to, order your copy of this new edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship today.
$60.00 U.S. - Boat Owner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual
If it's on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it's covered in Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual. When you leave the dock with this book aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice on:
* Battery technologies
* 12- and 24-volt DC systems
* Corrosion, bonding, and lightning protection
* Generators, inverters, and battery chargers
* Electric motors and electric lights
* Marine electronics, antennas, and RFI
* Diesel engines
* Transmissions, shaft brakes, and propellers
* Refrigeration and air-conditioning
* Tanks, plumbing, and through-hulls
* Pumps and watermakers
* Steering, autopilots, and wind vanes
* Stoves and heaters
* Winches, windlasses, and bow thrusters
* Spars, rigging, and roller reefing
$22.95 U.S. - Boat Maintenance
From marine expert and engineer William Burr, this is the most sensible guide to boat maintenance products that we've found.
Inside you'll find:
- Quick answers to typical boat problems
- Expert advice on over 150 brand-name products
- Money saving tips on when (and when NOT) to use generics
- Concise Reference Guides highlighting the best product for the job
- Weekly, Monthly, and Seasonal maintenance schedules
Whether it's your boat's wood or fiberglass, metal or plastic, rubber or fabric, with Boat Maintenance you'll save time and money and keep your boat in peak-condition, year after year.
$25.00 U.S. - The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition
Modern, affordable instruments and technologies like GPS, chartplotters, radar, laptops and handhelds now let us quickly and simply plot a course with precision, staying safe on the intended route and return home safely from the journey.
But to truly benefit from these tools, you need a fundamental understanding of navigation principles and concepts. GPS makes the lessons easier, allowing you to learn as you sail. And a newly updated book from Bob Sweet, guides any sailor to even greater navigational knowledge.
Practical Sailor is now pleased to offer the Second Edition of The Weekend Navigator to its readers.
From prevoyage planning to navigating underway to being able to double-check your location, The Weekend Navigator teaches you how to integrate the constantly changing technologies of today with the unwavering core navigational foundations of the past.
Featured in The Weekend Navigator are concepts and lessons like:
-The best ways to use cell phones, tablets and navigation apps
Easy options for plotting your course. And monitoring your progress
-Adjusting your course after inevitable shifts in wind and tide
-Smart ways to confirm your location
-How to switch to chart-and-compass should your electronics fail
With over 400 full-color illustrations, case studies and stories of e-navigation gone wrong, you're sure to benefit from this lesson-filled guide. You'll also get purchase advice, installation techniques, step-by-step use instructions and more.
If you're out on the water, you certainly have today's electronics aboard. Now, take the time to master modern boat navigation with this easy-to-read guide, The Weekend Navigator. In as little as a weekend, you'll be a better boater!
$50.00 U.S. - The Art of Seamanship
The ultimate manual for any recreational sailor looking for self-sufficiency and for the skills to face any challenge
Practical Sailor's Technical Editor, Ralph Naranjo's The Art of Seamanship is the comprehensive reference that goes well beyond Chapman's Piloting and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. Instead of covering boilerplate topics like equipment, nautical jargon, trailering, flag etiquette, and more, this book allows sailors to push their nautical envelopes with the knowledge that they'll be able to respond to anything that comes their way. Readers will delve into topics such as knowing what a sailboat can or can't handle; assessing their limits and those of their crew and how to grow as a skipper; blending modern weather forecasting procedures and weather routing with passage plans; integrating electronics with navigation; line handling when docking in a blow; staying put in hurricane; and more.
-Sea-tested wisdom going well beyond other seamanship texts-Improves the skills of coastal sailors and weekend cruisers-Great for reading and self-study, and also to carry aboard as the ultimate insurance against the unforeseen-Real-life scenarios shows readers how to respond to extreme challenges at sea
-495 pages with dozens of illustrations, tables, photographs, and an index
$18.95 U.S. - Seamanship Secrets
"Secrets' is the modern Bowditch, written so clearly that navigation and seamanship will be comprehensible to anyone..." --Dave and Jaja Martin, circumnavigators and authors of Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey "It's a great book. The prose is simple and clear . . ." --John Vigor, author of The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat
"It is a fine piece of work and should be read by anyone contemplating coastal cruising or blue water voyages. It definitely deserves a place in the offshore yacht's library . . ." --Ted Brewer, yacht designer, author, and offshore racing and cruising sailor
In the night, wind, rain, fog, big seas, strong currents, or congested waters, when theres no time for textbook seamanship solutions, what you need are shortcuts and techniques that work quickly and reliably every time.
Distilled from the vast accumulated lore of seamanship and navigation, here are the absolute essentials--185 techniques that work without fail in the pilothouse or the exposed cockpit or flying bridge of a shorthanded sail- or powerboat. John Jamieson shows you how to:
Even in this age of electronic navigation you need to know how to eyeball your boat through any situation. Each of the techniques in this cut-to-the-chase book has shown itself to be absolutely repeatable. It will work this time, the next time, and the time a er that, in conditions fair or foul.
$22.00 U.S. - A Sail of Two Idiots
A Sail of Two Idiotsis the fascinating, informative, and hilarious true story about a couple of novice sailors who sold their home, bought a boat, grabbed their cat and a few belongings - and set sail!
If youve ever considered, or even fantasized, about raising your sails and not looking back, you wont be able to put this book down!
Order your copy with this special offer from Practical Sailor today!
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$7.50 U.S. - April 2016 Digital Back Issue
C&C 27 Boat Review
Mechanical Terminal Pull Test
In the Perfect Position to Fail
$7.50 U.S. - March 2016 Digital Back Issue
Bottom Paint Checkup 2016
New Mantus Swivel
Changing Views on Chain Hooks
Long-term Test Gear Updates
$7.50 U.S. - February 2016 Digital Back Issue
Which MOB Lights Shine Bright?
The Modern Classic Racer-Cruiser
Soul Dry Suit 2-year Update
$7.50 U.S. - January 2016 Digital Back Issue
Capable Cruiser: The Seawind II
Treating Vinyl for Long Life
New Options in Small Outboards
PSs Winter Reading List Picks
$7.50 U.S. - December 2015 Digital Back Issue
Binoculars Update Part 2
Synthetic Decks vs. PS Testers
Signal K and the Sailboat
$9.95 U.S. - Batteries
GPS, windlasses, refrigerators, laptops, Ipads and air conditioning. While these new technologies and gadgets make our sailing lives easier, they complicate our power needs. You now need to add and maintain batteries, alternators, monitors and accessories. And you need to do it right.
In Batteries from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailors editors review the choices you face when equipping your boat with additional battery power. From wet-cell, AGM and gel cell batteries to newer technologies like Lithium Ion this ebook gives you real-world evaluations and recommendations. Youll learn:
-Which batteries match or exceed their stated capacities and what you should do extend their lives.-The accessories you need to monitor your batterys state.-How to best locate and arrange your batteries.-The best charging options from alternators to solar to wind.-Winter storage tricks.-And much more!
More and more, sailboats need power. Let Practical Sailor show you how to properly outfit your boat.
$9.95 U.S. - System Installation
You cant always avoid lightning, power surges and hot marinas. But if you outfit your boat properly and install your systems correctly, you can survive them and minimize the damage.
In System Installation, Grounding and Lightning Protection from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailors editors walk you through proper way to ground your electrical systems and the equipment and methods which work best. And which are outdated.
In this must-read ebook, youll learn how to protect your sailboat from expensive and life-threatening conditions. Topics covered include:
-Clarifying contradictory grounding advice.-Ways to design and install as well as check an existing lightning protection system.-How different metals act and react to salt water, current and each other.-The truth about dissipators.-A special section on wire and component care and maintenance.
Be sure you and your sailboat are properly protected from disaster . . . before its too late.
$9.95 U.S. - Panels, Monitors, Charging
Your sailboat has more and more devices aboard drawing power. Whether youre looking to upgrade an older boat or improve the base equipment in a newer boat, your choices for instrumentation panels, inverters, battery monitors and accessories are seemingly endless. And the installation and repair process extremely confusing.
To help you safely navigate the sea of options Practical Sailor is pleased to publish its new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. In this volume, Panels, Monitors, Charging, youll learn:
-The top choices in small accessory electrical panels.-How to handle the demand your new home-like creature comforts are placing on your power systems.-Which battery chargers and monitors are best.-Why you may want to consider upgrading your alternator.-Professional advice on how to locate and install these devices and equipment.
Making smart upgrade decisions now will immediately make your boat safer, reducing the risk of fire or electrocution. As well as help you finance and insure the boat.
$9.95 U.S. - AC Systems
Whats the single most dangerous thing you can do with your boat?
Some say Pull into a dock and plug in.
Combine AC, shore-based current with some stray DC current and you have a dangerous mix. And, in a marina, the problem is often difficult to see, isolate and remedy.
In Practical Sailors ebook, AC Systems, youll read about the confusing and conflicting debate over the best ways to solve this problem as well as smart ways to bring AC power aboard. AC Systems is a part of Practical Sailors new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems.
So what can you do to safely power your electronics and other modern conveniences? In AC Systems youll learn:
-The pros and cons of galvantic isolators and isolation transformers.-Why shorepower cords are the most overlooked maintenance item on a boat.-Are smart-plugs worth the price?-Advice for shorepower in foreign ports.-Which gen-set stood out in our tests.-Why we liked all 5 portable gas generators we reviewed but for different reasons.
Bring AC power aboard safely. And find out how to identify and fix deadly dangers ... before its too late.
$9.95 U.S. - Alternative Energy
For you, efficient power generation ranks right up there with an abundant supply of fresh water; without it, life is a real struggle. Todays cruising boats are more energy-dependent than ever before. The adaptation of high-output alternators to marine use and the development of sophisticated, multi-stage regulation systems has gone a long way toward making energy-hungry conveniences possible. But what happens when the engine breaks down or the alternator fails? Or if you simply dont want to run your engine? Will your life come to a screeching halt until repairs are made? Unless you have an alternative means of generating power, the answer may well be a resounding Yes!
Today, you have many more choices than ever. Different technologies, different performance, different esthetics all at different prices.
To help you safely navigate the sea of options Practical Sailor is pleased to publish its new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. In this volume, Alternative Energy, youll learn:
-The pros and cons of both wind and solar power generation. And why you may want both!-Why you need to consider more than just performance when looking at wind generators.-Our solar panel choice if theres a good chance it can be stepped on.-The importance of solar panel regulators.-How a $250 purchase can improve solar output by 30%.
Installing some alternative energy options on your boat is not only a cruising backup system but has the potential to save you money. Let Practical Sailor walk you through your options.
$39.80 U.S. - Marine Electrical Systems
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Electrical systems can be difficult to understand. You want to make the right decisions, but with the wide variety of options available, installing or fixing one can be a daunting task.
Now, with this new 5-part series from Practical Sailor, youll learn everything you need to know about electrical systems, including Batteries, System Installation, Panels, Monitors, Charging, Alternative Energy, and AC Systems.
Volume One: Batteries
In Batteries from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailors editors review the choices you face when equipping your boat with additional battery power. From wet-cell, AGM and gel cell batteries to newer technologies like Lithium Ion this ebook gives you real-world evaluations and recommendations.
Volume Two: System Installation
In this must-read ebook, youll learn how to protect your sailboat from expensive and life-threatening conditions.
Volume Three: Panels, Monitors, Charging, Alternative Energy, and AC Systems
Volume Four: Alternative Energy
Volume Five: AC Systems
In Practical Sailors ebook, AC Systems, youll read about the confusing and conflicting debate over the best ways to solve this problem as well as smart ways to bring AC power aboard.
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$19.95 U.S. - Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1
Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1 provides easy to understand reviews and specifications for the following sailboats:
Beneteau 311, Catalina 310, Hunter 326, Pearson 30, Tartan 30, Catalina 30, C&C 29, Cal 31, Cal 2-27, Catalina 27, Columbia 8.7, C&C 27, Ericson 27, and Freedom 30
$19.95 U.S. - Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 2
Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 2 provides easy to understand reviews and specifications for the following sailboats:
Grampian 26, Hunter 30, Hunter 27, Newport 28, ODay 30, Lancer 28, Nonsuch 30, Pearson 26, Ranger 26, S2 8.5, and Tartan 27
Order your downloadable copy today!
$9.95 U.S. - Life Rafts
When you abandon ship lives are at stake, so choosing the right life raft is literally a life and death decision. With Practical Sailor's Survival at Sea Life Rafts, you will be better equipped to make the right choice. With this new publication youll learn:
Also included is a 6-Man Life Raft Value Guide, which rated everything from weight to launch to floor, for 8 of the most popular life rafts sold today. The life raft evaluation conducted by Practical Sailor mirrored those done by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the results were telling.
So prepare yourself, and your crew, as best as possible for this emergency situation. Order your copy of this essential publication today.
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$9.95 U.S. - Ditch Bags and Emergency Gear
As a sailor you know that being prepared for an emergency is vital. Your life raft comes with supplies, but are these sufficient? With Practical Sailors Ditch Bags and Emergency Gear, youll learn what your life raft might be lacking, and what youll need for a separate abandon-ship bag.
With this essential publication youll discover:
Also included is a special section on staying hydrated at sea. Sure, you have plenty of water and energy drinks on board, but theres something even more effective (and it grows on trees!)
So order your copy of this important publication today, and ensure that you are fully equipped for even the most serious emergencies.
$9.95 U.S. - Onboard First Aid
An accident can happen anywhere, but when it happens on your boat your access to medical treatment often is not close by. With Practical Sailors Onboard First Aid, youll learn which items you need to keep onboard for both minor and major injuries.
In this new publication, concise evaluations were conducted for both near-shore and off-shore kits, and the results were surprising. Many kits were missing essential elements (one day kit lacked basic aspirin!) and some were stocked with more than many sailors would need (one includes a full oxygen kit but at a cost of almost $5,000!)
From contents to construction to price, all types are examined, and youre sure to find the one kit that best suits your voyaging needs (and youll also learn about the one first aid item that is an absolute must!)
So order your copy of this essential publication today, and make sure youre prepared for boating medical emergencies.
$9.95 U.S. - Survival Electronics
Lifelines, jacklines, tethers, nonskid decks, and good man-overboard procedures - these are a given for every good sailor, but that hasnt stopped an alarming number of fatal man-overboard occurrences. Now, with Practical Sailors Survival Electronics, youll discover how to fully protect yourself and your crew.
With the wide array of man-overboard devices now available (beacons, alarms, trackers, etc.) its no wonder theres confusion. Practical Sailor will help you cut through the clutter and tell you:
Maritime safety should always have the highest priority, and with the vast majority of alerts being false alarms (96%!) a solid working knowledge of how the IMOs worldwide rescue network works is essential.
So keep yourself and your crew as safe as possible, order your copy of this vital publication today!
$29.85 U.S. - Survival at Sea - The Complete Series
Owning a boat and being on the water can be one of lifes most relaxing and rewarding experiences. But are you prepared for possible nautical emergencies? In this ground-breaking 4-part series from Practical Sailor youll learn what you need to have on board to remain safe.
Choosing The Right Life Raft - Learn which life rafts were the safest and easiest to operate (is automatic deployment really safer?). Includes a special Life Raft Value Guide.
Ditch Bags and Emergency Gear -Make sure you have all the supplies necessary for emergency survival (yes - you do need a compass, and only one Kit supplied one!). A comprehensive guide to what youll need, and what is available, if you must abandon ship.
Onboard First Aid - A complete guide to the basic, and not-so-basic medical supplies you need to have onboard. Reviews near-shore and off-shore kits (is yours water-tight?) and what youll need to supplement them.
Survival Electronics -Discover why these devices are a must have for any sailor. Evaluates the usability and functionality of thewide-range of man-overboard devices now on the market. Its imperative you have the right device onboard.
Choosing the proper emergency items can be a life and death decision. Eliminate the guesswork and order this downloadable landmark series today!
$14.95 U.S. - A Look At Sails, Part One: Sail Buying, Sail Making, & Mainsails
Purchasing new sails is a big deal for a boat owner: Materials, design, features, construction methods, etc., all need to be examined carefully.
Now, with this new series from Practical Sailor, A Look at Sails, well help you navigate the waters of what is often a difficult decision-making process.
In Part One, Sail Buying, Sail Making, & Mainsails, youll find:
- An objective overview of todays most popular sailmaking companies.
- Which material will give you the most bang for your buckis Dacron still king?
- The two questions you should always ask your sailmaker.
- What to look for in clews, eyes, and battens.
- A comprehensive list of new, used, and discount sailmakers.
Also included is a review of mainsail handling systems like lazy jacks, the pros and cons of in-mast and in-boom furling, the advantages of a loose-fitting main, and the 3 critical points that any capable sail designer must address (especially since many loft floors are now overseas).
Using a poorly made sail is like driving on bald tires, so learn as much as possible about this fundamental piece of equipment before you spend another dime. Order your copy of this money-saving e-book today!
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$14.95 U.S. - A Look At Sails, Part Two: Headsails & Furling Gear
When buying new sails, sailors often overlook key details in jibs, genoas, and furling gear that can dramatically affect performance. Whether you want to reduce your tacking angles, make headway in heavy weather, or maintain good downwind speed in light air, finding the right headsail or furling system for your boat requires careful thought. Let Practical Sailor take the guesswork out of the decision-making with this detailed, in-depth look at headsail options.
With Headsails & Furling Gear (Part 2 of Practical Sailors A Look at Sailsseries),youll learn everything you need to know about:
- Furlers (with and without head swivels) and our pick for Best Choice.
- Asymmetrical spinnakers and why shorthanded cruisers will find them valuable.
- Mini bowsprits and why theyre so popular on modern cruising hulls.
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$14.95 U.S. - A Look At Sails, Part Three: Specialty Sails & Hardware
Part 3 of Practical Sailors A Look at Sails series examines important sails and equipment that sailors often overlook when they are adding to their racing or cruising inventory. The Specialty Sails and Hardware e-bookexplains which specialty sails and key accessories deserve a place in your gear inventory and why they are so important.
Riding sails, storm trysails, and reefing staysailsalong with their corresponding hardwareare explained, examined, and reviewed in this one-of-a-kind e-book. In it, youll discover:
- Proper size and shape for a storm trysail.
- When a riding sail makes the most sense.
- How a reefing staysail simplifies your sailing, and why a custom-fit is necessary.
- What features make for an ideal snatch block and which is the most user-friendly.
In addition, youll understand the key advantages of a mainsheet traveler vs. simple mainsheet rigs, find out what makes the best rigid boom vang, and learn how to properly inspect a trysail (including head, clew, tack, leech and luff)!
While a new mainsail will likely consume the biggest share of your sails budget, dont forget about the supporting cast of characters. Cruising sailors, in particular, need to think carefully about storm trysails, reefing staysails, and sailing hardware like snatch blocks.
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$29.90 U.S. - Practical Sailor's A Look At Sails - Complete Series
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Whether your passion is racing or cruising, sails are one of the biggest investments in your boat that youll ever make. You want to make the right decisions, but with the wide variety of options available, choosing the right sail (or sails) can be a daunting task.
Now, with this new 3-part series from Practical Sailor, youll learn everything you need to know about sails, including materials, fit, hardware, and choosing the right sails for your boat.
Volume One: Sail Buying, Sail Making, & Mainsails
Covers sail buying, sailmaking, mainsails, mainsail handling, and furling options. It also includes a comprehensive list of recommended sail lofts and compares offerings from major brands. Everything you need to choose the right mainsail for your boat.
Volume Two: Headsails & Furling Gear
Compares and reviews light-air headsails, headsail furlers, and bow sprits. It also closely examines costs, durability, and ease of use. A must read before you start shopping for a new jib or furling gear.
Volume Three: Specialty Sails & Hardware
Evaluates the value ofand need forriding sails, trysails, reefing staysails, and sail-handling hardware, including travelers, snatch blocks, and vangs. The most complete analysis of specialty sails youll find anywhere.
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$14.95 U.S. - Essential Marine Cleaners
KEEP HER CLEAN!
Mildew removers, bilge cleaners, metal polishers - the sheer number of supplies you need to keep your boat clean seems endless. But now, thanks to Practical Sailors Essential Marine Cleaners, you can keep your bronze burnished and your teak tip-top without spending a fortune on unnecessary cleaning products.
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-Which bargain cleaner rated EXCELLENT on fiberglass, rubber, vinyl, and formica
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-What metal polisher works fast and easy on bronze and stainless
-How the right bilge absorber can be the most important gear on your boat
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$14.95 U.S. - Specialty Marine Cleaners
WHY YOU NEED TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!
Your gelcoat is cleaned and waxed. Those nasty stains have been removed from your deck. And your bronze shines like new. Your boat is spotless or is it?
How are your fenders looking? Is your vinyl beat-up? Are your ropes and rigging in good condition (and are they safe)? These items are often overlooked but go a long way in keeping your boat clean and protected. And with Practical Sailors Specialty Marine Cleaners youll learn why its not just your hull that needs to be kept clean.
Theres a cleaner thats cheap and effective (and well show you where to find it).
Clear Vinyl Need Attention?
If youre using these common products youre making things worse.
This bargain de-greaser is the best of the bunch, and its in your hardware store!
Plus theres a special section on the care and cleaning of your ropes (keep a pillowcase handy but DO NOT use bleach!) and sails (please dont hang them to dry), as well as ratings and reviews of the newest green products.
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$14.95 U.S. - Gelcoat Restoration & Maintenance
IS YOUR HULL HEALTHY?
Protecting your boats exterior is an absolute necessity, but it can be a time-consuming and muscle-straining job. But with Practical Sailors Gelcoat Maintenance youll save time, energy, and money by using the right products the right way.
In this detailed new publication every type of cleaner, wax, polisher, and restorer is tested (some for results up to 3 years!) and reviewed the Practical Sailor way!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Wax offers little UV protection (regardless of these manufacturers claim!)
- Theres a good reason you should NOT use an acrylic coating on a new boat
- To scrub-away a waterline stain, find a cleaner with a low PH
- The best product to remove salt deposits is right in your kitchen cabinet
Plus, youll get a step-by-step regimen in topside maintenance that will keep your boat clean and shining, all for less than $50 a year in materials!
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$29.90 U.S. - Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series
Boating is one of lifes great pleasures, but owning a boat can also be a labor of love. The gelcoat needs polishing and waxing, teak decks need cleaning, ropes and sails need washing...these can eat-up a lot of time, and money!
But now with this incredible 3-part series from Practical Sailor youll learn how to minimize your work and maximize your dollar.
Volume One: Gelcoat Restoration & Maintenance
Reviews hull cleaners, polishes, and waxes, with test-results up to 3 years! Also includes a step-by-step guide on the best method to maintain your gelcoat.
Volume Two: Essential Marine Cleaners
Rates the most common (and uncommon) cleaners on the market for price and ease of use. Everything from deck cleaners to metal polishes to mildew (and barnacle!) removers. Plus, the ultimate guide to bilge cleaners and oil absorbers.
Volume Three: Specialty Marine Cleaners
Reviews the products that only a sailor would need black streak removers, line, rope and rigging cleaners, degreasers, even waterspot removers. Also includes a special section on sail cleaning and care.
Using the right cleaners the right way will get you off the dock faster and back on the water (and isnt that where you want to be?) So take advantage of this special offer and order this one-of-a-kind downloadable series today!
$9.95 U.S. - Anchoring 1: Anchoring in Sand and Mud
How do you know you have the right anchor aboard your boat? For twenty years, Practical Sailor has been observing and testing anchors in all-kinds of conditions. Our constantly evolving tests show you how today's anchors from the simple, inexpensive models to the highly-engineered, new-fangled inventions will keep your boat safe and secure.
Now, you can find these tests, evaluations and recommendations in one place - Practical Sailor's new ebook, Anchoring in Sand and Mud. It's the first ebook in a series covering all you need to know about anchors and anchoring.
From hard sand to soft mud, Practical Sailor's tests give you a clear picture of what you need when purchasing an anchor.
-The top anchor in both our long-and short-scope testing. -The importance of testing for a veering load and its impact on your choices. -Why some anchors are tops in holding the bottom but rank low for below-decks storage. -The effective anchors for less than $200. -Our thoughts on a recent major anchor test in the Chesapeake Bay. -Which anchors moved and reset!
Practical Sailor's Anchoring in Sand and Mud thoroughly examines all of the anchors on the market, comparing holding power as well as the ability to reset after breaking out. To be sure you can anchor (and sleep) in peace, even during a storm, purchase this ebook today.
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$9.95 U.S. - Anchoring 2: Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring
How do you know you have the right anchors? Weather and bottom conditions are never the same. And the way you anchor can change from voyage to voyage, day to day, minute to minute.
For twenty years, Practical Sailor has been observing and testing anchors in all-kinds of conditions. And now, you can find the tests, evaluations and recommendations of the specialty anchors you should be considering in Practical Sailors new ebook, Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring. Its the second ebook in a series covering all you need to know about anchors and anchoring.
From sand and mud to rocks and coral, Practical Sailors tests give you a clear picture of what you need when purchasing an anchor.
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-How to tame the anchor dancer.
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-Effective anchors priced from $200 to $2,000.
-Advice for anchoring when the weather gets dicey.
-Which anchors moved most and which reset!
Practical Sailors Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring thoroughly reviews the specialty anchor market, examining the holding power of the heavyweights, the ease of use of the lightweights, the versatility of the adjustables and more.
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$9.95 U.S. - Anchoring 3: Chain/Rode
Chains, connectors and anchors made of different metals, all sitting in salt water for months. Its a recipe for disaster. Guaranteed! Unless you know what to buy, how to maintain it and the early warning signs of problems.
Introducing Anchor Chain/Rode, a new ebook in Practical Sailors Anchoring series. In Anchor Chain/Rode, youll read our exhaustive chain corrosion tests and our advice for making and interpreting your own inspections. Youll learn which chain and line is best for your boat, your sailing and your handling skills. Youll see the best ways to connect your anchor, chain, line and boat. And youll also read Practical Sailors analysis of the alternatives to chain available in todays market.
Anchor Chain/Rode is filled with more than twenty years of data, observations and experience, giving you all the information you need to keep your boat secure in any anchorage. Youll find out:
-The top and bottom anchors in our evaluations.
-Why chain from China is unreliable.
-How to interpret Safe Working Loads for chains.
-If galvanized chain can lengthen its useful life.
-How much stretch in your nylon line is too much.
-The effect of wind and waves your mooring rode.
-And much more.
If you think your ground tackle purchases are complete after selecting your anchors, you need to read Anchor Chain/Rode. Without the right rode, the weakest link could have you and your boat waking up in an unexpected place.
$9.95 U.S. - Anchoring 4: Anchor Rode Accessories
You pull up anchor, cast off from your mooring or dock and you set sail on another voyage. And with each trip, youre able to take a look at your lines, your hardware, your anchor, and see how things are holding up. But do you know exactly what to look for? Where problems are likely to occur? Where your weakest link might be?
Introducing Anchor Rode Accessories, from Practical Sailor. This downloadable ebook is the fourth volume in Practical Sailors Anchor series. In Anchor Rode Accessories, youll find the best solutions to protecting your docklines and anchor rodes, guidance on the right snubber for your boat and anchorage, top knots for connecting to chain, tips for inspecting your hardware and more.
-Dockline chafe protection
-Heavy-duty chain hooks
-Windlasses large and small
Anchor Rode Accessories examines and reviews all of the components needed to properly secure your boat. From small swivels to heavy-weight windlasses, no part is inconsequential. Get your copy of Anchor Rode Accessories so you know what to buy, how to use it and how to keep it working.
$29.85 U.S. - Anchors - Complete Series
The best real-world tests in the constantly moving world of anchoring.
Now, with this new 4-part series from Practical Sailor, youll learn everything you need to know about anchoring, including Anchoring in Sand and Mud, Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring, Chain/Rode, and Anchor Rode Accessories.
Volume One: Anchoring in Sand and Mud
Practical Sailors Anchoring in Sand and Mud thoroughly examines all of the anchors on the market, comparing holding power as well as the ability to reset after breaking out.
Volume Two: Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring
In Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring youll get Practical Sailors in-depth analyses of anchors from Fortress, Spade, Super Max, Manson, Rocna, Quickline and XYZ. Bench and shoreline tests for setting and holding along with expert observations from months of real-world use, around the world, give you the data and advice you need to make smart buying decisions.
Volume Three: Chain/Rode
Volume Four: Anchor Rode Accessories
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$9.95 U.S. - Marine Toilets
Marine Toilets (Volume 1 of Practical Sailors 2-Part Series, Marine Sanitation Systems) is a thorough review of the types of marine-toilets available, and will help you determine which is best suited for your boat and boating activities.
From manual to electronic, compost to vacuum - this ebook is guaranteed to help you choose the best toilet for your boats head.
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$9.95 U.S. - Holding Tanks, Plumbing, and Odor Control
Holding Tanks, Plumbing and Odor Control (Volume 2 of Practical Sailors 2-Part Series, Marine Sanitation Systems) examines the important mechanisms that keep your boats head running smoothly. With reviews of hoses, valves, holding tanks, and sensors, the information in this ebook will help you maintain superior, odor-free marine plumbing.
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Also available: Volume 1, Marine Toilets
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$19.90 U.S. - Marine Sanitation eBook Package
Practical Sailors 2-Part Series - MARINE SANITATION SYSTEMS - is a unique examination of marine plumbing, and will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your boats head is in good working order.
Covering everything from toilets to holding tanks, hoses to sensors, vent filters to toilet paper, this comprehensive series is sure to keep your boats bathroom operating at peak efficiency.
A busted head is a situation no boater wants. Keep your boats sanitation system functioning properly and odor-free. Order this downloadable series today!
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