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Anchor Chain Advice

I sail an Areodyne 38 in New England, primarily on weekends and a two-week annual cruise. I use 25 feet of 5/8-inch chain with 200 feet of oversized braided rode and a 35-pound Bruce anchor. In 12 years of cruising this boat, the setup has dragged only once, yet I’m still unable to relax at anchor. I’m considering going to all-chain. Also, because my boat is pretty light with a fin keel and bulb, the rode wraps around the bulb when the current is stronger than the wind, requiring diving to free the mess. This is manageable in July, not so fun in October. Can you recommend a type, size, and length of chain given my criteria? My boat weighs in at 10,000 pounds, and I am the windlass.

PS Advisor 04/15/01

Single or Double Lifelines?Does PS feel strongly about whether you need single or double life lines?-Al LormanVia e-mailDouble lifelines are certainly preferable. The Offshore...

Fixing a Moldy Waste Hose

I am a part-time live-aboard and sail from Maine to Grenada. I have a mold problem on my two-year-old Shields VAC XHD series 148 waste hose. The sides of the hull are dry and clean, but the waste hose has a lot of mold. Is this due to the cooler seawater in the hose condensing moisture out of the warmer surrounding air? Could I insulate the hose to reduce this problem, and if so, what would you recommend as insulation?

A Sure Way to Secure the Boom

When the wind really blows, the pleasant chiming of a marina takes on a different character. Above the howling of the wind is the Devils Tattoo, the racket of one hundred poorly-secured halyards hammering against aluminum. Booms creak from side-to-side, and some pound against stays. Workers are distracted and anyone living aboard wishes his neighbors had taken a few small steps to preserve the peace, not to mention their rig.

PS Advisor: 06/02

Fender BoardsYou guys seem to have the best advice on every aspect of boating; so thought I'd try my luck with my favorite newsletter...

Are You Ready to Kludge Your Way Home?

The first use of the word kludge is attributed to Jackson W. Granholm in 1962, describing...

Mailport: May 2011

Letters to Practical Sailor, May 2011. This month's letters cover subjects such as: Practial Heads, Anchor Lockers, Handheld Vacs, and more!

Mailport 08/15/00

Leisure furl ExperienceFollowing your advice (August 1, 1998 review of Leisure furl, Profurl and John Mast ) I purchased a Leisure furl in-the-boom mainsail...

PS Advisor: 12/05

Cleaning SailsI've been a reader of PS for years and I never start a job on my 1983 Hunter 27 without consulting your...

Caring For Your Marine Diesel Engine

Expecting calms for most of the passage, we set out in a flat calm with 70 gallons of fuel. Six hours later, around mid-day, the engine wailed, screeched, clanged, and died. Hardly a ripple stirred the Gulf of Panama.