Battery Banter

(published November 2012) Chuck Hawley, West Marine’s  Vice President of Product Development, recently bought an Alerion Express 38 Yawl and is learning how to be a cruiser all over again. Since Chuck is not only a gear expert for our industry, but also in the middle of doing upgrades for

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Care and Maintenance of Safety Gear

Staying safe at sea means having the proper gear and ensuring that everything will work as planned in the event of an emergency. This article is an excerpt from Safety at Sea, published by US Sailing  (published May 2014) All safety gear must be up-to-date, inspected and properly stowed with

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Life Rafts

A comprehensive guide to life rafts, their equipment, storage and deployment (published May 2014) Life rafts are designed to keep the crew of a vessel alive for a short period of time after the vessel becomes uninhabitable due to fire or sinking. They provide a modest amount of shelter, equipment,

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SAR Explained

How search and rescue procedures really work, with Michael Jacobs  (published May 2014) You’re 20 miles offshore and slogging to windward at 2 a.m. when one of your crewmembers reports that he just stepped from his berth into half a foot of water that is now sloshing back and forth

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