Features September 2018 Issue

The Penny-Pinching PhD Sailor

Practical Sailorís Doctor of Frugality offers his 1.5 cents on sailing on a tight budget.

A key principle, at least from my perspective as an engineer, is knowing your boat. In 30 years of boat ownership, Iíve only used contractor services for major sail work, new canvas (only because Iíve never taken the time to learn), and hauling out. As a result, I know my boat inside out; thatís a good feeling, an important part of seamanship, a blessing when something goes bust on a cruise, and a big help when time is available but funds are thin.

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