Mailport & PS Advisor

PS Advisor

Flying With CO2 CanistersPart of my racing is in the Lake Superior offshore series, though my home is in Florida. I was planning on...

Mailport

Washer/Dryer CombosIn response to an inquiry concerning washer/dryer combos in PS Advisor, April 15, 1999, we have been living aboard a 45' trimaran with...

PS Advisor

Water Heater PlumbingI am planning to install on my 35 sailboat a hot water heater using the closed circuit cooling system of my engine,...

Mailport

Wind Generator NoiseMeeting all the design criteria for a sailboat wind generator does require some compromises.With respect to your commentary on the noise of...

PS Advisor

Sail PricesI keep reading in your publication-and others-how sailors will order new sails based primarily on price-bids. Years ago, before computer designed sail programs...

Mailport

Varnish on GelcoatIn the June 1999 issue, Frank Ficken sought help removing dried varnish safely from his gel coat.I suggest he try a Bruce...

PS Advisor

Gelcoat CrazingFor the past (too many to admit) years I have been working on the completion of a Corbin 39. Recently I have noticed...

Mailport

South Pacific: Then and NowWhat a pleasure to read Nick Nicholsons excellent account of his trans-Pacific crossing. My wife and I made the trip...

PS Advisor

Tacking DegreesWhat fudge factor can I use to deal with the following upwind claims: 1. The brochure of an older, narrow, deep, fin-keel boat...

Mailport

WomanshipFollowing our August 15, 1999 report on sailing schools, we received numerous letters from readers concerning Womanship. Many supported our conclusion that Womanship needs...

The Pros and Cons of Leaving Your Mast Up for Winter

If you are like us, you may feel strangely guilty about leaving a mast up during winter storage. In our case, it is probably those old wooden spar days calling. Ideally, wooden spars need to come down and be sheltered and coddled at regular intervals. Aluminum masts really don't, and the sky is actually a decent place to store them.