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Did you know the accuracy of your electronic compass significantly affects features of your Furuno, B&G, Raymarine, Garmin, and similar multifunction display (MFD) to offer situational awareness of wind and water? If you are willing to clean and calibrate your boat’s speed through water (STW) paddlewheel and compass very accurately, many MFDs manufactured within the […]

Test Driving Furuno’s Cutting Edge Compass

Did you know the accuracy of your electronic compass significantly affects features of your Furuno, B&G, Raymarine, Garmin, and similar multifunction display (MFD) to offer situational awareness of wind and water? If you are willing to clean and calibrate your boat’s speed through water (STW) paddlewheel and compass very accurately, many MFDs manufactured within the […]

Mailport: December 2021

IN PRAISE OF KOVER KLAMPS Thanks for this great article on winter covers (see Inside PS blog, “What to Look for in a Winter Cover”), I wrestled with this decision after buying my first sailboat in the summer of 2020. I realized that I had to make a decision as winter approached and some leaky […]

8 Bells for Ted Brewer

You don’t have to spend much time in the sailing world to recognize it is filled with some of the planet’s most creative, good-spirited and generous people. Must be something in the wind . . . or water. We lost one of those people on September 30—yacht designer Edward “Ted” Brewer, who died at home […]

Download The Full December 2021 Issue PDF

  • Quad Compass
  • Fall Protection
  • Structural Plastics
  • Bottom Brush
  • Safety Aloft
  • Playing Wind Shifts

Leak-proof Unions Get a Second Look

After replacing the raw water pump on his 30-plus-year old Universal diesel, PS Editor Darrell Nicholson reconnected the tangle of hoses on the cooling system, fired her up and . . . drip, drip, drip. It wasn’t the lip seals on the pump that were causing the leak this time. Nor was it a gasket. […]

Sailing Gear of the Year 2021

What a difference a year makes! Last year, Practical Sailor testers were holed up in their home workshops, garages, basements, and home offices, meeting remotely on Zoom, and trying to do their part to stamp out a global pandemic. This year, they’re holed up in their home workshops, garages, basements and home offices, meeting remotely […]

File Away Your Pipe Thread Problems

Thread restoring files cannot restore stripped or severely corroded threads, but they can work wonders on threads that have been distorted by impact, clogged with corrosion products or adhesives and paint, or where the first few threads have been torn off or mangled. Common Unified National Fine (UNF), Unified National Coarse (UNC), National Pipe Tapered […]

Non-Skid Ten Years After

Boat decks take a beating from sun and salt that eventually take their toll on factory-molded nonskid. Once nonskid loses its grip, resurrecting it becomes a safety issue. Sailors looking to put some stick back into a slippery deck have a few options: apply a deck paint with a nonskid additive or glue sections of […]

Download The Full November 2021 Issue PDF

  • Gear of the Year
  • Sticky Stuff
  • Wood Finishes
  • Non-skid Follow-up
  • Non-skid Tips
  • Fixing Pipe Threads

Testing the DIY Dog Bone Shackle

Soft shackles became the cool thing nearly as soon as they appeared on race boats. Any savvy DIYer could make them using Dyneema single braid. They are light, strong, flexible, and reliable. Because they are metalfree, a flogging genoa clew is less likely to gouge the mast or result in forehead stitches. No tools are […]

Winterizing Your Boat’s Water System

Much of your winterizing success will depend on the initial condition of your existing water system. If it is nearly sterile (effectively chlorinated water), there may be too few bacteria and fungus present for infection to start. However, if you use less than 20 percent alcohol or glycol (after dilution with water left in the system) you are at risk of biological growth; the lower the concentration the greater the risk. This is the reason why vodka and other alcohol-based winterizing fluids should be avoided. In our testing these solutions acted like an invitation to a microbial feast.