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Rethinking MOB Prevention

Man overboard gear standards are behind the times because the sample size is tiny and the facts surrounding an accident are often clouded and...

Top-notch Wind Indicators

That fragile plastic wind vane at the masthead looks like a child's toy to a lubber. Its a nautical curiosity perched at the top...

The Everlasting Multihull Trampoline

Multihulls commonly have net or webbing trampolines that cover the large areas of deck. The trampoline is vital to both performance and seaworthiness. It...

In Search of the Snag-free Clew

Asmooth tack can be a thing of beauty, until a sheet hangs up and ruins it. A crew member must run forward to free...

The Cruising Sailor’s Argument for High-tech Fibers

We’re not racers. A few ounces doesn’t matter to us, so why should we be interested in Dyneema, or any of the other popular...

SNADs: Snaps Without Screws

No one likes drilling holes in their boat, and to drill holes for a simple snap seems like overkill. I love snaps for window...

Stickier Sail Tape with 3M Primer

Self-adhesive hardware-store hooks don’t stick well to bare fiberglass. Just last week we had one wash into the bilge-pump strainer on our test boat....

Mailport: Boat heaters, digital charts, photophobia, downsizing

HEATING EFFICIENCY I just saw, with interest, your article about onboard fireplace safety, with the emphasis on safety (see “LPG Fireplace Safety Guidelines,” Inside Practical Sailor)....

Hatching a Hatch Plan

Alazarette that closes at the wrong moment can cost you a broken finger—or worse. I should know. A failed latch on an oil field...

The Super-compact Sailboat Dodger

Sailing in general, but especially offshore, can sometimes be a wet experience particularly on a low-freeboard boat like Far Reach, our highly modified Cape...

Beneteau 46.1: What You Should Know | Boat Tour

Looking to buy a 42-46 foot sailboat? Considering a Beneteau Oceanis 45 or the newer Beneteau 46.1? See a Beneteau for sale? What are...