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Rhumb Lines: Seamanship, Not Size, Is What Counts

Years ago, one of my first assignments as a sailing editor was to join the famous sailor and yacht designer Steve Dashew and his...

Rhumb Lines: The Saddest Story I Ever Heard

The familiar opening sentence to Ford Madox Ford’s classic “The Good Soldier” in the headline above could easily apply to “The Boy Who Fell...

Rhumb Lines: Lessons from Hurricane Ian

Well, Hurricane Ian plowed south of the refuge-by-default for Opal, the 1971 Yankee 30 I spent a good part of last year working on. With...

Anchoring in Bad Bottoms

Seamanship is about big concepts and small skills. They work together, but we see them differently and they represent different types of learning. Big...

Damage Control at Sea

For many boaters, damage control means a cell phone call to Sea Tow, Tow Boat US or another marine assistance provider. These are reliable...

Steering with a Broken Rudder

Cruising Club of America member Mike Keyworth, has done some significant research into emergency steering. Mike has had decades worth of ocean racing and...

Emergency Rig Repairs at Sea

Rigging problems at sea are like broken shoelaces. Ideally, replacement is in order, but in reality a knot might be the right short-term solution....

Safe Options for Stowing LPG on Deck

Disposable propane cylinders are darn handy, powering stern-rail grills, propane torches, and catalytic cabin heaters. I’ve also had the valves fail twice, the result...

Sailboat Safety on Deck

We often think of safety on deck in terms of PFDs, lifelines, and jacklines, but the falls they protect against only happen after something...

RAM Lights for Sailboats

We have the minimum required lights, including running lights for sailing and motoring, and an anchor light. We might even have an electronic distress...