Safety & Seamanship

Underwater Epoxy Test

Although laminating epoxies can tolerate some moisture, we know that excessive moisture can prevent a good cure. So how can we manage an emergency...

Rhumb Lines: Saluting the Practical Sailor Staff

It’s that time of year when I express my heartfelt appreciation for people behind this magazine. This year, I’m especially grateful for two sailors...

New Safety Switches for Outboard Motors

Buried deep within the recesses of the 2020 US Coast Guard reauthorization bill is a requirement that if a boat is planing or moving...

Rhumb Lines: Focusing on the Essentials

I truly believe that the experience of a long ocean passage on a small boat can change one’s view of the world and inspire...

Are Chart Lights Steering Us Wrong?

As the sun goes down your eyes begin to adapt. At first your pupils dilate. Then photo-sensing chemicals needed in daylight drain away, and...

Kayak Test Update

Our previous favorite kayak in this category was the Walker Bay Airis, which we reviewed in two different evolutions (PS July 2008 and October...

PS Looks at DIY COVID-19 Mask Options

At present, the masks that are certified to provide reliable protection against COVID-19 (minimum rating N95) are in short supply, so we have to...

PFDs for Extreme Events

Seldom does one size fit all, and the same goes for whether or not one type of life jacket can meet all lifesaving needs. The...

Rhumb Lines: Cruising in the New Normal

The Valiant 40 on the cover of this month’s issue belongs to longtime contributor the late Patrick Childress and his wife Rebecca. Patrick was...

The Ups and Downs of Shoal Draft Boats

As a longtime multihull sailor I’m often told that it must be wonderful to anchor wherever I want and tuck into the smallest of...