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Rhumb Lines: The Sailing Cure

This summer is shaping up to be a strange one—a pandemic moving through the land and...

Brazing Repairs

Unless you’re a welder by trade, mechanical fasteners are the best bet for repairing metal failures on...

Building a Faster Rudder

We’re cruisers not racers. We like sailing efficiently, but we’re more concerned with safety and good...

Measuring Performance

All sailors are performance oriented. It’s only when we delve into the details that differences arise....

Coexisting with a No Discharge Zone

Sanitation systems aren’t the sexiest part of sailing, but they are, well… necessary. And although the risk...

Don’t Kill That New AGM Battery

Battery manufacturers want their batteries recharged to 100-percent state of charge after each discharge. In reality, few cruising boats (or any boats kept on a mooring) return their batteries to 100-percent state of charge after each cycle. If this partial state of charge operation continues, your very expensive AGM battery will soon perform no better, if not worse, than a common deep-cycle flooded battery bank. To keep that from happening, we have a few tips.