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The Super-compact Sailboat Dodger

Sailing in general, but especially offshore, can sometimes be a wet experience particularly on a low-freeboard boat like Far Reach, our highly modified Cape...

Bottom Paints for Brackish Water at 1 Year

For more than four decades, Practical Sailor has been testing bottom paints, although for the first few years, the topic really didn’t draw much...

Sailboat Safety on Deck

We often think of safety on deck in terms of PFDs, lifelines, and jacklines, but the falls they protect against only happen after something...

Bottom Paints for Brackish Water

Prior PS bottom paint testing focused on saltwater locations in Florida and Massachusetts. This time we’ve moved our testing racks to the brackish waters...

Taking on Big Do-it-Yourself Boat Jobs

Last fall, I embarked on one of the most time-consuming boat projects I've done in years, one I hope never to repeat—remove six layers...

Do You Really Need a Bigger Boat?

Questions arise at cruising seminars and it’s always encouraging when attendees provide the answers. In one such case, a young couple asked how much...

Sizing Up the Autumn List

If you live in a place where the leaves change color each autumn, then September is your dessert-that last sweet taste to savor before...

Is Your Marine Diesel Winterizing Routine Complete?

Winterizing an inboard engine installation means a lot more than filling the cooling system with antifreeze and stuffing a rag in the exhaust outlet....

Open Transom Pros and Cons

The low, open transom of our test boat, a Corsair F-24 trimaran, results in chronically wet sneakers when sailing in rough conditions. At normal...

Sailing Clothes for Cold Weather

Whether you want to cruise the higher latitudes or extend your sailing season this winter, you'll need to think about clothing. Over the years,...