PS Advisor: 02/01/04

Anchoring Hand SignalsYour recent article on anchoring prompted a discussion among friends. Is there an agreed-upon set of hand signals for anchoring, between...

Kellets On the Rode

The day after our anchor tests this year we took a couple of commercially made anchor rode sentinels (also called kellets) out into the...

Anchor Tests 2003: Soft Sand Over Hard Sand

In tough testing conditions, and considered by weight, the aluminum Fortress and galvanized West Marine Performance2 do well, along with the Spade Model 80 and the Bulwagga.

A Tale of Two Anchors

We check out the Digger Anchor and Kingston QuickSet in the latest series of anchor tests.

Mounting the ‘Odd’ Bulwagga Anchor

In several of the most recent reports on anchor testing, Practical Sailor has commented favorably on the setting ability and holding power of the...

Anchor Reset Tests

When direction is reversed 140°, a third of the anchors never broke out, another third reset at some length, and two never reset.

The Happy Hooker and Other Ingenious (de)Vices

Boat hook attachments to make docking and picking up moorings less terrifying.

The Bruce Anchor Sets Best

A goodly portion of the best years of every sailor’s life has been spent reading reports on, opinions regarding, claims for, studies of and...

New England Ropes Premium Makes A Super Anchor Rode

What a sailor expects from a rope anchor rode is not very complicated. The rode should have great strength, stretch liberally, stoutly resist abrasion,...

Caring For Your Marine Diesel Engine

Expecting calms for most of the passage, we set out in a flat calm with 70 gallons of fuel. Six hours later, around mid-day, the engine wailed, screeched, clanged, and died. Hardly a ripple stirred the Gulf of Panama.