September 2019

Try a Barber Hauler for Better Sail Trim

Appealing to trim mavens, Antalís barber-hauler setup using low-friction-rings allows more trim options than the typical barber hauler led outboard through a snatch-block.

If you canít position the jib clew exactly where you want it on all courses and in all weather, a barber hauler should be in your future, for even the most laid-back sailor. Here are some options.   More...

Measure, Cut, Glue and Repeat

1. The frame is set for gluing. Wax paper keeps it from sticking to the workbench.

Generally, a deep locker will have a recessed lid. Some modification may be needed to fit locker bags.   More...

Bottomless Lockers Be Gone

A Beckson deck plate bag converts to a rode locker with a little bit of creativity.

Storage is a challenge on small boats, and my new-to-me Corsair Marine F-24 trimaran was particularly Spartan this regard. The skinny hulls provided minimum volume and the race-focused designer intentionally omitted proper lockers. A performance-oriented boat such as this must be kept light if she is to sail to her potential. But even day sailers and racers attract a certain amount of necessary clutter, sure as honey attracts flies. Something had to be done, and yet, as a new owner itís tough to know what will best suit your needs and what the boat needs. Itís even harder to cut the first hole. This project was 100 percent non-invasive.   More...

New Goyer Guard vs. Firehose

The Goyer chafe guard comes in three different grades. Goyerís thinner profile fits well in smaller chocks commonly found on small boats.

One of the quickest ways to lose your floating investment is to chafe through a dock line or mooring pendant, sending your boat smashing into the neighboring slip or a rock jetty. It has been a while since we tested chafe gear (see PS October 2012), so when a new product came across our radar, we jumped on the chance to test it.   More...

Verifying Material of Mystery Ropes

Our sewn splice test (see PS October 2014),included a variety of ropes were aimed at non-marine industries and activities, but were perfectly suited for sailboat applications.

Using the wrong rope for the job is a recipe for failure. Fortunately, with a trained eye and a little knowledge of physical properties, making a rough identification is simple enough.   More...

Anchor Rodes for Smaller Sailboats

PS Technical Editor Drew Frye records loads aboard his F-24 trimaran.

The usual advice for anyone seeking all-rope anchor rode is usually to just get some three-strand nylon anchor. The makes sense. Three-strand nylon is inexpensive, wears best, and is easy to splice. But one size, or even one type of rope, does not necessarily fit all situations.   More...

Revisiting Recovery Techniques for MOB

Ocean sailing in a modern race boat or multihull with a high horsepower rig makes double-digit boat speed attainable and complicates a MOB rescue. Our research suggests that no single MOB tactic works for all occasions.   More...

Tether Lanyard Simplifies MOB Recovery

A ten-foot length of line with a Tylaska shackle can be attached directly to the tether of a person in the water.

For years, safety advocates have touted the use of a four-part block and tackle attached to the end of the boom as the hoist of choice. It affords a great dockside demo, but put to use in a rolling seaway, a crew quickly notes that boat motion causes the boom to flail about and the hurriedly dropped mainsail further complicates using the boom as a hoisting tool.   More...

Rethinking the MOB Recovery

Even in moderate breezes, rescuers often speed past the person in the water, prompting many experts to suggest practicing recovery in a variety of conditions, and using the engine, if needed, to make up for any lost momentum.

Subscribers Only — Man overboard recovery failures have become a frequent headline, and details about these tragedies hold lessons worth learning.   More...

Online Help for Autumn

Itís getting to be that time of year, when many skippers haul out or head south. Fall also heralds the beginning of boat show season. Here are some PS articles from the online archives that are suited for the season.   More...

Mailport: oil filters, cabin fans, Catalina 22, Hunter 30, watermakers

Andrew Fortinís newly purchased, and yet unnamed Hunter 30-2 sits at anchor on Grand Lac St. Francois awaiting its official renaming.

With regards to your recent marine oil filter tests (see PS July 2019, ďMarine Oil Filter Comparison TestĒ), having spent my career in the aeronautical engine technical field specializing in maintenance I must state my allegiance to non-encapsulated filters and independent housings. This trend towards spin-on filter assemblies prevents in my opinion the most important aspect of filter maintenance which is particle inspection. Filters are not removed so you can inspect or replace them, they are removed so you can ascertain your engineís condition. This practice seems to have been set aside to make way to quick and easy maintenance using spin-on filters. Oil analysis is fine but it should start with a simple sediment inspection after a low cost electro- sonic cleaning in a 60 Hz bath (jewelry cleaner bath).   More...

Heartbeat of the Dying Sea

From left, the editor, his son Jake, and two volunteers help keep a pygmy sperm whale afloat off of Key Biscayne, FL.

The pygmy sperm whale rolled and flapped its tail as it struggled at the swash line. It was about the size of a big porpoise, clearly weakened by the ordeal. Police had cordoned off the beach and were waiting for a wildlife expert to arrive.   More...