One of the great joys of sailing is the state of near nakedness (literal and figurative) to the wind, air, and seaand the wisdom that comes with it. From that perspective, climate control seems antithetical to the sailors art. But being Practical Sailor (not Philosophical Sailor) we recognize that even the hardiest round-the-world racers seek temporary refuge dampness, cold, and heat. And for one looking to make the transition from the landlubbers life in temperate climates to full-time cruiser in the tropics, the idea of air-conditioningdespite its huge power demandsis alluring.
To begin with, lets make clear which Ericson 34 were reviewing about here because Ericson Yachts has a handful of boats in the 35-foot range. Back in 1967, the first Ericson 35 was a typical Cruising Club of America cruising boat, with a long keel and attached rudder....
Safety & Seamanship
As you gear up for another summer of sailing, it is also a good time to double check that none of your essential safety equipment is subject to a recall. Two helpful websites track recalls that can impact sailors. the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) focuses...
Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear
We often get asked about joining two shots of chain together without compromising strength. You have a number of optionsincluding some that are just plain bad. The important thing is to make sure the connector is of the highest quality and that it matches or exceeds the...
by Darrell Nicholson with Steve D'Antonio on May 16, 2018
Iron tends to retain its general shape and size as it rusts, however, it decays from within. A piece of iron that appears sound may crumble if tapped with a hammer. This type of decay is called graphitization because when it occurs, all that remains after the rusting is complete is graphite residue.
- Air Conditioning for Sailboats
- Sailboat Test: Bruce King Ericson 34
- Safety Gear Recalls
- Reliable Chain Connections
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