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Ensuring Safe Shorepower

Power pedestals are handy and safe when they match the power requirements of the boat. Thirty amps for a 30-amp boat. Fifty amps for a 50-amp boat. But what about when they don’t match? Weaving your way through the requirements can be complicated, often...
Make sure someone is always keeping a lookout on the horizon while the tillerpilot is engaged. If there are a few crew onboard, it helps to rotate who is on watch so everyone else can relax.

Tillerpilot Tips and Safety Cautions

Autopilot is not autodrive. The International Rules of the Road (COLREGS) makes your responsibility clear: You must keep watch. There are no exemptions for radar, AIS, autopilot, catnaps, or even while at anchor. No matter how advanced systems get, and how well it is...
CNC cut structures of Delos Explorer 53. Image courtesy of De Villiers Marine Design.

Aluminum Cruisers: The Basics for First-Time Buyers

Even a quick glance at the commercial maritime industry highlights the value of aluminum vessels. Their inherent durability, strength and resistance to corrosion makes them ideal for commercial applications since they avoid excessive wear and maintenance. Aluminum is a low-density material, which allows for...
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Marshall Sanderling 18: Used Boat Review

Catboats started out as workboats. According to marine historian Howard I. Chapelle, beamy, single-sailed centerboarders with half-decked hulls and barn door rudders began to appear in America around 1840, when, for the first time, there was sufficient demand to make fishing from small boats...
Even though my own sailboat was on the opposite coast, my desire to sail didn't wane. So I looked up the local racing schedule on Latitude 38 and joined Wimm's racing crew out of Sausalito. (Photo/ Alex Jasper)

Sailing On After Losing a Sailing Partner

My sailing skills developed alongside my partner’s. We went to sailing school together for my 40th birthday. We bought our first, second and third sailboats together, and he was with me nearly every time I sailed for seven years. And then, he wasn’t. We shared...

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Maine Cat 41 Used Boat Review

Catamarans have long ruled the realm of offshore speed. Indeed, Bruno Peyron's legendary 24-hour run of 732 miles in his twin-hulled Orange II in 2009 was more than astounding, heralding a...

CS 30 Used Boat Review

Jack and Marilyn Williams moved west from their home province of Ontario in 1977, settling on the Victoria area on Vancouver Island. One priority was to get out on the surrounding...

The Rain Catcher’s Guide

An efficient, clean rainwater catchment isn't just for cruisers venturing into remote areas. While biologically safe, many areas of the U.S. are served by well water that is not chlorinated, high...

Hinckley 49 Used Boat Review

Alright, we know what some of you are thinking. "A Hinckley? In Practical Sailor?" For those of us with more utilitarian tastes, the "practical" nature of an elegant, floating example of...

The Cheap Big Cruising Sailboat – Endeavour 42

Interested in a 40-45 foot cruising sailboat? Sailing Florida or the Bahamas and need a shoal draft sailboat that’s big enough to be a...

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Aluminum Cruisers: The Basics for First-Time Buyers

Even a quick glance at the commercial maritime industry highlights the value of aluminum vessels. Their inherent durability, strength and resistance to corrosion makes...