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Who shrunk the skipper? An effort to create a helm seat that is comfortable when the helmsperson is standing or sitting often results in one that is neither.

Tall-step Syndrome

... and other insults to the aging sailor.

Boat shows present a wonderful opportunity to not only explore boats well beyond your price range, but also to observe how designers answer the many compromises that each boat design requires. Some designs succeed, and some don’t—and often the weak spot is a simple failure to understand the customer.

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Rethinking Sailboat Structure

 Subscribers OnlyWhen it comes to describing a sailboat’s most valuable attribute, it’s surprising how varied opinions can...

The Year’s Top Gear

During the 12-month period from September 2013 through August 2014, Practical Sailor evaluated dozens of boating...