Marine Electronics: AIS Gets Ocean Tested Near Dardanelles Strait

Its been several years since the Automatic Identification System (AIS) became a mandated way of life for the commercial side of the marine industry....

What is the Best Way to Stay Hydrated at Sea?

Just as water is an essential element of sailing, its also vital to proper body function-yet staying hydrated underway is often taken for granted...

Shedding Light on Safety

A recent ocean race-aboard a Cape Dory 25 sans lifelines in 30- to 40-knot winds and 5- to 10-foot seas-presented a good opportunity to...

Seascoopa Man-Overboard Recovery Gear Tested Against Lifesling2

Responding to our recent report on man-overboard recovery maneuvers (Practical Sailor January 2010), several readers asked about the next stage of recovery, getting the...

Mailport: May 2010

I think the Wyliecat 30 would be a great boat review for Practical Sailor. From my perspective of having owned a number of larger...

TruPlug is a Handy Emergency-kit Tool

Spring is here, and that means its time for systems and safety checks. Among the items that should be on your to-do list are...

What is the Best Backup for a 406 EPIRB?

Calling for help at sea is easier than ever before. And thats part of the problem.Rescue missions prompted by distress alerts from emergency position...

PS Advisor: Fires at Sea and Raft Stowage

I need to buy a marine offshore life raft, and I’ve been considering stowage spots. I considered a deck-mounted canister. But I’m concerned that...

Man-Overboard Retrieval Techniques

The term Man Overboard (MOB) has been caught in the tide of political correctness, and terminology like Crew Overboard (COB) and Person in the...

Putting Words into Practice

This months report on man-overboard recovery (pages 7-11) offers a chilling reminder of why our testers spend so much time evaluating jacklines, harnesses, and...