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Mariner Resources on the Web

Practical Sailor’s roundup of practical boater websites covers all topics related to sailing, boat owning, and boat maintaining. From weather forecasting and navigation sites to boat-owners’ groups and social networking sites, these links to online sailing resources are editors’ and readers’ top picks from the world wide web.


Flag Failures & DisposalWhen Nick Nicholsons Offshore Log first started appearing, I concluded it was a clever and incestuous dodge that would help Nicks...

Mailport 02/01/98

Scanning SonarRegarding the article, Field Testing the New Breed of Scanning Sonars in the September 1997 issue, I agree that it is very helpful...

S2 11.0

The biggest of the S2 series was offered in two layouts. The center-cockpit version is a bit ungainly looking, but offers a lot below, and like her sister is well-built.

Sailtrack Lubrican’ts

It's no good wrasslin' with the main halyard on the hoist, or the luff on the douse. But don't call the 'marines.' Get Elmer to help.

Preventing Electric Shock at the Dock

The human body runs on electricity and if you overload the nervous system with an external field, everything goes haywire. Every year several people die because they go swimming near a dock, a wiring fault creates an electric field in the water, and their muscles freeze. It is called Electric Shock Drowning (ESD).

Mailport: 01/02

Website Shopping After having a look at your most recent issue (November 1), we at SailNet would like to register our disappointment at not...


Varnish on GelcoatIn the June 1999 issue, Frank Ficken sought help removing dried varnish safely from his gel coat.I suggest he try a Bruce...

PS Sea-trials the iPad and Nav Apps

With many of the 38-million-sold iPads winding up on board boats, it’s no wonder there are hundreds of iPad apps that are well suited for the sailing life. This begins Practical Sailor’s three-part series on those apps. Part 1 of the series reports on PS’s field tests of multiple navigation apps—using raster and vector charts—to see how well they perform and how they compare to traditional navigation software. They review looks at the top performers: iNavX, iPad Navionics, and Charts & Tides.