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Tether Lanyard Simplifies MOB Recovery

For years, safety advocates have touted the use of a four-part block and tackle attached to the end of the boom as the hoist...

Mailport: anchoring etiquette, stern-tied boats, and wind generators

Anchoring Etiquette I really appreciated the article Anchoring in Crowded Harbors (see Practical Sailor, June 2019). The difficult and critical part is always estimating distances,...

Inflatable PFDs Wont Save You Without Proper Care and Use

I recently interviewed Mark Bologna of Landfall Navigation. Hes a safety expert, major supporter of safety training and has decades worth of experience selecting...

Rethinking the Use of Inflatable PFDs

In the early 1800s Norwegian sailors started wearing cork filled vests dubbed the Seamans Friend. And over the next two centuries, life jacket design...

Cold Water Survival

When we read about a sailor lost overboard in a storm, we think about PFDs and personal locator beacons, and accept the sea is...

The DYI “Last Chance” Self-rescue Line

Most sailors are familiar with Thor Heyedrahl's adventures aboard his balsa raft Kon Tiki. Some may remember the self-rescue line that they dragged behind...

Solo Sailor Safety

Yes, an auto-inflate jacket will automatically turn you face up, even if unconscious. Unfortunately, if you regain consciousness, you might be drowning against the...

Leg Straps Put the Load on Fanny

Considering the shortcomings of existing leg loops for harnesses, we designed an add-on set of leg loops that can transform any ISO 12401 chest...

Horseshoe and Ring Buoy Mounts for PFDs

The December, 1993, issue con­tained an in-the-water test and evaluation of 16 different Type IV life preservers (cushions, horse­shoes and ring buoys). Besides their...

Chest High Jacklines

Jacklines (also called jackstays) are rigged along the deck on either side or down the centerline. This is where you are supposed to clip...

An Italian Go Fast Sailboat – The Viko S 35 |...

Looking to buy a 35-40 foot sailboat? Considering a Viko S 35? See a Viko S35 for sale? What are the pros and cons...