Systems & Propulsion

Handbearing Compasses: Plastimo Iris

One of the most time-consuming chores at Practical Sailor is finding, selecting and assembling the products to be tested. Even before we figure out...

Spare Parts

Barient WinchesWe recently heard from a reader that he was able to purchase replacement roller bearings for Barient 28+ winches, for $55, from the...

The Expensive Rolls Still a Best Buy in Deep Cycle Batteries

Traditional lead-acid (flooded) batteries have been with us for decades. The basic technology has been improved and refined, but still remains the same chemical...

Cabin Fan Test: Hella, Caframo Blow Best Breeze for the Buck

There are lots of things that can make being aboard a boat unpleasant. Among them: Too little wind, seasickness, crowded waterways, rain, guests with...

Deck Vents: Nicros Water Trap and Plastimos Cool n Dry are Clever and Effective

Cowls are descendants of simple vent pipes on sailing ships, cousins to the famed Charley Noble over the galley. When ships acquired engines below,...

Fabric Hatch Vents: The Breeze Booster Outdraws Windscoop

Theyre not for use underway, but hood-shaped fabric air scoops can be a godsend when theres but a slight breeze stirring the heat. Theres...

Special Section – VentillationLet the Merry Breezes Blow!

On stock production boats, its often said that the primaries are too small, the head needs upgrading and the cabin is poorly ventilated.The latter...

Fabric Hatch Vents: The Breeze Booster Outdraws Windscoop

Theyre not for use underway, but hood-shaped fabric air scoops can be a godsend when theres but a slight breeze stirring the heat. Theres...

Special Section – VentillationLet the Merry Breezes Blow!

On stock production boats, its often said that the primaries are too small, the head needs upgrading and the cabin is poorly ventilated.The latter...

Soundown and Hough Put a Lid on Engine Noise

Engines make noise. Crew-especially when theyre trying to hold a conversation, sleep, or just relax-don't like noise. The solution? Isolate the crew from the...

C&C 40: What You Should Know | Boat Review

Looking to buy a 38-42 foot sailboat for less than $50,000? Considering a C&C 40? See a C&C Sailboat for sale? What are the...