Tiger Too Preventer

Toby Ritter of Mamaroneck, NY, has a nice preventer rig aboard his Sparkman & Stephens center-cockpit 48-footer, Tiger Too. He sent us the following...

Topclimber: Going Aloft Solo

Figuring the best way to get to the masthead is one of those conundrums seldom resolved.

Offshore Log:Life with the Profurl

Our headsail reefing system, anchored by a Profurl C42 furler, has had its share of teething problems, most of which are associated with our...

New Harken Blocks

Harken’s quest for the lightest, easiest-running yacht blocks never ends. Harken makes a huge line of blocks, from tiny “Micro Blocks” with 22 mm...

Hydraulic Backstay Adjusters: Sailtec vs. Navtec

When seven mechanical backstay adjusters were reviewed (in last falls August 15 issue), a promise was made to examine hydraulic models. As it turns...

Stowing Inner Forestays

In the October 1, 1997 issue, we published a letter from Houston Car of West Bath, Maine, in which he asked how best to...

PS Advior 05/01/98

Rerigging QuestionI enjoyed your December 1997 article on replacing wire halyards with all rope. When I considered it a few years ago, my rigger...

Mast Steps: No Perfect Design

High on the list of chores for which its difficult to find volunteers are trips to the masthead. But aboard most boats, it sooner...

Standing Rigging: How Tight Is Right?

Standing rigging tension is a peculiarly under-addressed subject. Easy to see how it would worry a new boat owner or someone going to sea....

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.