A Look At Sails, Part Two: Headsails & Furling Gear
When buying new sails, sailors often overlook key details in jibs, genoas, and furling gear that can dramatically affect performance. Whether you want to reduce your tacking angles, make headway in heavy weather, or maintain good downwind speed in light air, finding the right headsail or furling system for your boat requires careful thought. Let Practical Sailor take the guesswork out of the decision-making with this detailed, in-depth look at headsail options.
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- Furlers (with and without head swivels) — and our pick for “Best Choice.”
- Asymmetrical spinnakers and why shorthanded cruisers will find them valuable.
- Mini bowsprits and why they’re so popular on modern cruising hulls.
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May 24, 2017
In the current issue of Practical Sailor, we report on the performance of various commercial and homemade drag devices when used to steer a boat with a damaged rudder. This emergency tactic usually requires a towing bridle, and one of the easiest ways to create a bridle is to use a gripping hitch. A gripping hitch is the knot you would use to tie one line to another (or itself) when you dont want the line to slip. Here's a look at some of the gripping hitches that we've tested for holding ability and ease of tying.
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
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- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)