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At the Helm: Schooled
Pre-cook your meals for the first two days. Reef early. Don’t drink too much the night before departure. Don’t expect to poop until the third day at sea. Don’t sail to a schedule. Some lessons are ubiquitous and obvious (including the pooping one, th
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Book Review: Conquering the Pacific
Andrés Reséndez, Mariner Books, $28 Conquering the Pacific is a rich historical narrative that tells the story of the last great discovery of the Age of Sail—the vuelta, or the return voyage from Asia to the Americas. Though many attempts had been ma
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Book Review: Sailor Song
The Shanties and Ballads of the High Seas Gerry Smyth, University of Washington Press/British Library, $20 Sailor Song is the ultimate guide to the music of working sailors during the 18th and 19th centuries. The book includes lyrics and sheet music
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A DIY Battery Bank Expansion
For quite some time, I had contemplated an expansion of the house battery bank aboard our 1987 Sabre 38MKI, Orion. There were several potential issues that had kept the project from becoming a reality. But fortunately, while not trivial, in the end,
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Whale Watch
The waters off the Atlantic coast of the southern Iberian Peninsula can be tough enough as it is, but in recent months resident pods of orcas have created a whole new kind of challenge, ramming boats and chewing off rudders. Though initially confined
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Best Boats
In case you hadn’t heard, the fall 2021 boat show season was one for the record books. If there was ever any doubt the sailing public still enjoys making its way to Newport, Rhode Island, or Annapolis, Maryland, to see the latest in boat design, thos
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A Crowded Atlantic
For off shore racing fans, this past autumn was an exciting one, with scores of solo sailors and doublehanded crews crossing the Atlantic in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Mini Transat and Globe 5.80 Transat. The first transat of the season was the Mini
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A New Age Of Sail
Time was sail-powered vessels ruled the waves. The Age of Sail, as we now call it, lasted millennia. Then came steam engines and the internal combustion engine. For over a century, sail hung on. But the end was never really in doubt, and with the arr
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Multihull Show Coming to Grande-Motte
First held in 2010, the show, which takes place in La Grand-Motte, France, on the shores of the Mediterranean, is about one thing and one thing only—multihulls, in all their forms. Since its inception, the show has served as a showcase for the latest
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Down To The Sea In Tall Ships
As a boy growing up in southern Indiana, magazines (including SAIL, of course!) and books were pretty much it in terms of the “sailing” I did in between summer trips to my grandparents’ place in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Among my favorites were C. S
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Sailing In A Time Of COVID
In mid-August 2019, my wife, Terrie, and I laid up our Malo 46, Nada, in Falmouth, England, and flew home to Maine. We booked flights back to the UK for May 2020, anticipating a summer of cruising the Atlantic coasts of France and Spain. Then Covid s
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21st Century Square Sail
Square sails have been used on sailing vessels for centuries, and there is little argument among square-rigger sailors that when the wind is coming from astern a square sail is a fine way to propel a boat of any size, even today. Anyone with a Bermud
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Cruising Tips
Most of the braided lines we all use are content to coil in either direction. However, three-strand rope only goes one way. Try forcing it against its will, and a long line will tangle with the greatest of pleasure. It’s the way the rope is laid up.
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Safety Lessons Learned
It’s not often that sailors get a chance to put their rescue and MOB training to the test, rarer still that they do as quickly as newbie California sailor Khosrow “Koz” Khosravani did recently. If and when an emergency situation ever arises, though,
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A Near Drowning at Dockside
I walked up to the bathroom and the couple was just getting out of their boat. The man appeared to be in surprisingly good shape. He was well tanned, trim and muscular, not exactly what you would expect for a guy in his 70s. He appeared to be moving
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PRESIDENT GARY DE SANCTIS PRINCIPAL EDITOR ADAM CORT MANAGING EDITOR LYDIA MULLAN WEB EDITOR EMME HURLEY CRUISING EDITOR CHARLES J. DOANE TECHNICAL EDITOR JAY E. PARIS ELECTRONICS EDITOR BEN ELLISON CHARTER EDITOR ZUZANA PROCHAZKA CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
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Year Of The Shanty
Along with other timeless pursuits, like baking sourdough and gardening, singing sea shanties surged back into popularity during the recent lockdown, thanks, in part, to the app TikTok and its “duet” feature, which allows singers from around the worl
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Ask Sail
Q: Battens are obviously the norm on mainsails. But what about jibs? I feel like the vast majority don’t have battens, but I’ll come across one every now and then, sometimes aboard small boats with fairly small headsails. What gives? — Ben Reynolds,
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The Right Crew
I was recently asked to run a charter for friends. As non-sailors, they didn’t know what to expect or who else to invite. I suggested bareboat chartering is living with people in close quarters, sometimes in stressful situations due to weather and sc
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Maine’s First Boat
The Bath Freight Shed is a long, low building that smells like wood shavings and is lit by twinkling strings of lights in the rafters. When you first enter, a small exhibit space introduces the significance of the place, complete with historic artifa
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Gear
GORI’s newest folding propeller is a single-pitch (SP), three-blade model offering the same pitch on both the straight and curved sides of the blade (in contrast to Gori’s original three-blade folding prop, which includes an additional overdrive func
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From the History Books
February is National Black History Month, and to celebrate we’re highlighting some of the contributions of Black sailors at the height of the Age of Sail. For centuries here in the United States, sailing was one of the most equitable professions for
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The Sailing Scene
Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? Share your experiences with other readers. Send your photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.c
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PRESIDENT GARY DE SANCTIS PRINCIPAL EDITOR ADAM CORT MANAGING EDITOR LYDIA MULLAN WEB EDITOR EMME HURLEY CRUISING EDITOR CHARLES J. DOANE TECHNICAL EDITOR JAY E. PARIS ELECTRONICS EDITOR BEN ELLISON CHARTER EDITOR ZUZANA PROCHAZKA CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
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Made To Measure
I’ve always known the importance of having good sails. As a low-budget boat punk, I prioritize making sure I can get where I’m going with the help of the wind, as opposed to under power. It isn’t necessarily my goal to be engineless, or basically eng
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Drop the Chute!
There’s nothing like being in the right place at the right time when you’re a sailing photographer. Here, the foredeck crew for the ClubSwan 36 Cetilar-Vitamina has the best view in the house as the boat’s spinnaker comes streaming down like an enorm
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The Power of Sails
I suppose it isn’t merely a coincidence that I’ve made significant changes to the sailplans of the last three cruising boats I’ve owned. The first project was the biggest. My old Golden Hind 31, Sophie, had lots of charm and character, but her sloop
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Bill Tilman’s Simple Sailing
Like an ostrich on a bad day, I’m head-down in the lazarette of Nellie, my Beneteau First 42, dealing with the propane tank. My wife taps me on the shoulder, and I rise to see a pair of foiling catamarans accelerating onto their carbon-fiber wings. A
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The Sailing Scene
Send your photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.com
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Leopard 42
Sticking with its proven design formula, but also cherry-picking a number of popular features from some of its other recent models, Leopard Catamarans has launched a “best of” package with this new boat that sold nearly 30 units before hull #1 even t
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