Safety at sea has become more than a noteworthy slogan. Many feel it defines the right game plan and gear choice to ensure a favorable outcome in challenging conditions. But at Practical Sailor, we also recognize its role in incident prevention, and we understand why one's boat handling ability, navigation competency, weather awareness, and sound decision-making are just as important as the gear in the grab bagperhaps even more so.
Multifunction display manufacturers have pushed their products through a dramatic evolution in the last five years as they try to keep pace with technology that we take for granted in our other electronics. Better interfaces, screen resolution, and the ability to download useful...
It can be a rust stain caused by a loop of chain that spent the winter lying on a sail. Perhaps a bird crawled under the sail cover and built a nest, pooping on the sail for weeks. Laminate sails present a particularly vexing problems, since mildew likes the adhesive that bond the...
Systems & Propulsion
For the past 40 years weve sailed an average of 10,000 miles annually between Australia, Alaska, Antarctica and Spitsbergen motoring or motorsailing between 400 and 600 hours, depending on the area more hours in high latitudes of Antarctica and the Arctic, fewer in the...
January 16, 2018
If you havent put much thought into storing your battery for the winter yet, don't delay any longer. The batteries should be removed from the boat and stored in a cool place that does not drop too far below freezing. A basement or garage is fine. Todays batteries can be safely stored on a concrete floor without risk of discharge, but its a good idea to insulate them on a block of wood anywayif only for peace of mind.
- New Trends in Sailing Safety Gear
- Testing the B&G Zeus3 Nav System
- Quick and Safe Sail Cleaning
- Folding vs. Feathering Props
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
- I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)
- I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)
- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)