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Mailport: Carl Alberg, Tinned Wire, Fiberglass Durability

HIGH PRAISE FOR CARL ALBERG Regarding your report “Small-boat Dreams and Carl Alberg’s Classic Daysailers,” my first sailboat, 25 years ago, was a Pearson Electra. Fabulous boat; totally capable of anything Puget Sound could kick up any time of year. Last week (after several good boats over the interim years), I bought a Cape Dory […]

Rhumb Lines: Seamanship, Not Size, Is What Counts

Years ago, one of my first assignments as a sailing editor was to join the famous sailor and yacht designer Steve Dashew and his wife Linda aboard Beowulf, a 78-foot cruising boat that marked the culmination of their revolutionary quest for the perfect passagemaker. The boat was on a mooring in Newport, RI one of […]

Download The Full January 2023 Issue PDF

  • Line Bags and Hooks
  • Pockets Versus Bins
  • Skip the Chandlery
  • Head for the Hills
  • Boatyard Fires
  • Revising the Sail Plan

PS Advisor: Storing Diesel Fuel

When it comes to storing a gasoline powered vessel, you are generally better off keeping tanks full, adding a corrosion-inhibiting additive, and installing a dryer on the fuel vent line. If you follow this practice, gasoline will remain fresh for 1-2 years, easily. We’ve tested this. However, if you store the boat with a partially […]

Rebuilding a Cape Dory 36 Part III

This is Part III of a multi-part series describing the rebuilding of our 1982 Cape Dory 36. In Part I (PS November 2022), I described important steps we took to ensure the highest chance of successfully rebuilding our boat. Part II (PS December 2022) described how we went about gutting the interior and then designing […]

Protecting Against Boatyard Fire

The 1666 London Fire. The 1871 Chicago Fire. The 1906 San Francisco Fire. Common factors shared by all of these disasters were inadequate spacing between buildings, lack of fire stops, and narrow roads. Flames spread from building to building and leapt across roads with little delay. Access for firefighters was terrible. In each case, a […]

Dodging the Marine Chandlery Trap

The marine environment is demanding, so sacrificing quality is often a mistake. But marine supply stores, and even online “discount” marine retailers can feel like pirates, charging many times more for similar—if not identical—goods found at non-marine sources. So where is worth looking, where is it not? What is a mistake, and which non-marine alternatives […]

Line Stowage Bags and Hooks

Sailboat cockpits will happily collect spaghetti if we let them, each sheet, halyard, and new control line adding to the confusion. The chaos is not just unsightly, it is inefficient, which is why race boats have a bag or hook for every line. Other than neatly flaking a lazy sheet in the corner or throwing […]

Mailport: Dinghy Rollers, Prop Paints, Bosun chairs

DINGHY BEACH ROLLERS Regarding your Inside PS blog, “Building a Better Boat Fender,” inflatable dinghy beach rollers also work great as fenders. They serve two purposes (if you also ever need a beach roller) and are very, very rugged (made for use on gravel beaches). But, the best part is they are fairly long so […]

Rhumb Lines: The Saddest Story I Ever Heard

The familiar opening sentence to Ford Madox Ford’s classic “The Good Soldier” in the headline above could easily apply to “The Boy Who Fell From Shore,” Charles Doane’s gripping new biography of Thomas Tangveld, the son of sailing legend Peter Tangveld. An enigma to all who knew him, Thomas was presumably lost at sea after […]