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Tips on Anchoring In Mud

Perhaps this seems like going back to school, but procedure can be critical in soft mud, and I’ll wager most old cruising hands from...

Taking Our Test Anchors Out for a Wiggle-walk

First, we established baseline holding capacities for the 2-pound anchors by pull testing each anchor after...

Deep Anchors Stay Put in Moderate Yawing

Setting history matters. If the anchor is deeply set, a good portion of the rode is pulled...

The Ins and Outs of Aftermarket Bowsprits for Light-air Sails

A salty Kiwi named Ross Norgrove once said that the most important tool for the owner of a wooden yawl adorned with a bowsprit is a sharp ax. To some degree, his witty comment holds true for contemporary sailors contemplating a mini-bowsprit.