Offshore Log:An All-Purpose Deck Shelter for the Tropics

One characteristic shared by virtually all tropical cruising boats is some form of deck awning. These vary in quality and design from an old...

Offshore Log:A Long Worklist for a Long Stop in New Zealand

In New Zealand at last, Nick Nicholson itemizes a long list of maintenance and repair jobs for Calypso.

PS Advisor

That Slippery Shock CordCan you recommend a knot to be used successfully with shock cord? Marv SannesSalem, OregonShock cord is tough to tie. It...

Safety Harness Tether Test

Part II of the Sailing Foundation's tests of harnesses and tethers finds an astonishing 47% failure rate.

Not Quite A Life Raft

Following our three-part series on life rafts, we now briefly examine five inshore rescue platforms from Survival Products, Switlik and Winslow.

Offshore Log: A New Sail Inventory

Calypso dumps her old sails for a new suit from North, and what a difference it makes!

Life Raft Materials, Construction and Servicing

A follow-up to our three-part series evaluates PU, PVC and various rubber fabrics.

Sea Anchors & Drogues

Taking bad weather bow-to or stern-to is a fundamental quandary. Much depends on your boat. Then you have to decide which sea anchor or drogue to buy. We sort through the decision tree.

Simple Tips for Maintaining Stainless Steel

When applying a paste cleaner, a toothbrush is useful for buffing tight spots and working into the pores of welds; follow by buffing with a cotton cloth. A green 3M scrubby pad helps for removing more aggressive stains. Continued rusting in welded areas might indicate a developing failure, requiring replacement. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and mild soap when done buffing.