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.

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Handheld GPSI have the greatest respect for the equipment reviews in Practical Sailor, but I think that you overlooked very critical attributes for your...

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Stainless Fasteners Seized in AluminumEvery summer on my boat in the Mediterranean I come across the problem of trying to remove a stainless steel...

Garhauer is the Best Buy in Snatch Blocks

An evaluation of blocks from 11 makers finds favor in the rotating-cheek models from Garhauer, Antal and Barton.

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Stripped Hose ClampsRe: The Case of the Stripped Hose Clamp in the September 1999 issue:First, torque is not the issue. Clamping force is the...

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Bruce vs. Claw. Keel Depth.

A Foolproof (and Simple) Way to Set Jib Leads

An excellent, surprisingly simple way to set jib leads is to use jib luff telltales as a guide. This technique applies to all types of headsails-genoas as well as working jibs.

Offshore Log: A Major Overhaul For A Faithful Perkins

Of all the work done on Calypso during its six-month hiatus in New Zealand, none was more important—and expensive—than rebuilding the diesel engine.

Offshore Log: A Major Overhaul For A Faithful Perkins

Of all the work done on Calypso during its six-month hiatus in New Zealand, none was more important—and expensive—than rebuilding the diesel engine.

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Dutchman vs. Lazy JacksIm in the market for some kind of sail flaking system and need advice. Have you compared the lazy jack method...

Too Many Layers of Bottom Paint?

So, a couple of years back, you acquired a good old boat at a pretty good price-thanks to the market-but now youre wondering how many coats of bottom paint it has. And what kind? Youve put on a few coats of ablative antifouling since youve owned the boat. It has adhered well and has done its job. But each year, the bottom looks rougher and rougher-with big recesses where paint has flaked off. You sweated out some extra prep-work this season, and thought you had a nice, durable subsurface for painting, but each pass of the roller pulls up more paint. Whats going on here?