Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

jibe prevention

Controlling Jibes and Case Studies

We are vehemently against using a boom brake to prevent a jibe. Even using them to control a jibe introduces problems, requiring that we...

Anchorage Tactics for Sudden Storms

On August 18, a sudden, violent storm ripped through the island of Corsica, packing winds up to 140 mph and tossing once safely moored...
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PS Advisor: Rope Coatings to Prolong Cordage Life

New lines run fast. They fly through tackles and tangles fall right out. But they are also hard to hold in our hands, on...

Setting Up Your Own ‘Floating’ Genoa Lead

When setting up a floating lead system, you need to establish the maximum range of positions you may need. With a track system, the...

Solid Rings in Running Rigging

Ball bearing blocks are the low-friction answer for most tackle on board. However, racers and even cruisers, are increasingly making the switch to low...

Solving the Dodger Dilemma

The phrase ‘cruising canvas’ has always had a sail inventory connotation, but today it’s even more descriptive of cockpit coverings that range from small...

Anchoring in Bad Bottoms

Seamanship is about big concepts and small skills. They work together, but we see them differently and they represent different types of learning. Big...

Do Cruisers Need Jib Leech Telltales?

Telltales on the body of the jib and leech of the main are commonplace, and most of us learned to sail using them. They...

PS Advisor: North-up Versus Heading-up Navigation

When a vigorous debate broke out recently at a local boat show over the ideal orientation of a chartplotter (north up vs. heading up),...

Bungee Lanyards Take the Shock Out of Tools Dropped from the Mast

Iput a nice dent in the deck several decades ago when I dropped a wrench from the masthead. It scared the crew too. I haven’t...

Catalina 445: What You Should Know | Boat Review

Looking to buy a 40-50 foot sailboat? Considering a Catalina 445? See a Catalina 445 for sale? What are the pros and cons of...