Seamanship in a <br>New Era
Because cruisers often sail shorthanded, each member of the crew should be competent reefing, setting and dousing the headsail and mainsail. Casual near-shore racing is a fun way to develop on-deck agility, muscle memory, and task-based reactions.

Seamanship in a
New Era


Good seamanship is the cornerstone of safety at sea, and its best allies are a seaworthy vessel and an able crew.

Time after time, we’re reminded that lapses in seamanship, often labeled “operator error,” are the root cause of most catastrophes at sea. Take for example, the foundering of container ship El Faro, caused by a captain who defied weather reports and clung to a course that sent him and his ship into the center of Hurricane Juaquin.

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Solo Sailor Safety

    Is an auto-inflate PFD the right answer for solo offshore cruisers?

    On the other hand, if you are conscious, there are three probable scenarios. First, you might be pinned against the topside but still tethered. Assuming your tether was conservatively short, you are within...

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Last Chance Line

    Most sailors are familiar with Thor Heyedrahl’s adventures aboard his balsa raft Kon Tiki. Some may remember the self-rescue line that they dragged behind the boat. Since the raft travelled so slowly, this “last chance” line gave a fit sailor a sporting chance to...

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  • Marine Electronics

    Heat-Seal Connectors

    A typical cruising boat has thousands of electrical connections. The consequence of failure range from a light that doesn’t work to a fire that can cost lives.

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