Maintaining Winches

Five simple steps can extend the life of one of your most valuable sailing tools  (published February 2013) My wife and I regularly sail together, and while we are still reasonably healthy for our age, we need help controlling the sheets and halyards, particularly when the wind gets up. This

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High Seas Communications

With modern satellite and high frequency communication tools, you never have to be out of the loop  (published February 2013) Going to sea or taking off to some far cruising ground no longer forces you to step off the merry-go-round of civilization. For better or worse, modern communications around the

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Up, Up and Away

Tips and tricks for going aloft safely  (published February 2013) Climbing a sailboat’s rig is not something that prudent sailors should have to do on a regular basis, especially at sea. But at some point, every self-sufficient cruiser will need to climb his or her mast in order to perform

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New & Noteworthy

Advancements in nav and electronics  (published January 2013) Technology has vastly changed the way sailors look at almost every aspect of the cruising lifestyle. Some sailors cringe at the thought of learning about the latest onboard technological advances, while others happily lap up each new product as it hits the

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In the Palm of Your Hand

When it comes to using tablet computers for navigation, less is frequently more  (published January 2013) We may not have jetpacks, but I can assure you that as far as navigation technology goes, we’re already in the future. It began with GPS effectively eliminating all the manual math required to

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Nav System Basics

Three options for building the perfect nav system for your boat and your budget  (published January 2013) Over the past five years, we have seen quite a bit of consolidation among marine electronics companies. As these mergers and acquisitions have been digested, there has been a lot of standardization of

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Bottoms Up!

Employing Coppercoat in the quest for the perfect bottom job  (published December 2012) The restoration and refit of our Pearson 424, Regina Oceani, has a focus on creating a craft that will be safer, more reliable, and—wherever possible—require less maintenance. The finishing of the bottom offers perhaps the best opportunity

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Calling Home by Satellite

It's not just E.T. who wants to phone home, and the options for doing so are about to expand  (published December 2012) I had just come off watch, deep in the Southern Ocean. Temperatures on deck were well below 40ºF, and I needed to get some messages out during my

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How to Choose a Genset

An energy audit will tell you how much power you really need  (November 2012) Nearly since its invention, the reciprocating piston engine has been used aboard almost all offshore-capable vessels as a double-duty workhorse, both powering the vessel via propeller and generating electricity to recharge the battery banks. It’s become

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Monitors, Smart Chargers and Inverters

How to keep your battery bank charged and appliances running  (published November 2012) Keeping your battery bank charged and in good condition so you always have enough 12 volt and 120 volt power is a key element of modern cruising. Without question, the energy system designed to provide modern cruising

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