Distress

Sea Anchors & Drogues

Sea anchors are as old as seafaring. Sailors through the ages have carried buckets, bags, cones—just about everything except the kitchen sink—and thrown them...

Close As A Pencil Point

On May 1, President Clinton announced that the selective availability (SA) system used to degrade GPS (global positioning system) signals was terminated, effective at...

Sailor’s Knives: 14 High-End Blades Tested

We last tested knives for the sailor in the August 15, 1993 issue. Most of the knives tested then are still on the market—not...

20 Electric Bilge Pumps Tested

Boats left on moorings, at docks or unattended at anchor usually have an electric bilge pump, with a built-in or separate automatic switch. The combination...

Sailor’s Knives: 14 High-End Blades Tested

We last tested knives for the sailor in the August 15, 1993 issue. Most of the knives tested then are still on the market—not...

Coastal Life Rafts: Eight-Model Evaluation

Last month we reported general findings from our 25-raft evaluation. Volunteer sailors, plus representatives of the US Coast Guard, participated. This month we consider...

Offshore Log: Essential Forecasting Tools

Our years of sailing in New England and the Caribbean, with their stable, predictable weather patterns, left us ill-prepared to deal with the vagaries...

Sydney-Hobart Race: Rogue Waves Do The Damage

If you encounter severe conditions aboard your boat, what most likely will be a problem, cause you extreme grief or even cost you your...

Sailboat vs Fishing Boat – Rules of the Road

Join us as we explore the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) and uncover the nuances of right of way between sailboats...