Work Horse Winches

(published April 2017) If you have never pulled apart your sheet and halyard winches, you might be surprised at what simple and elegant machines they are on the inside. Winches are built around the drum on the outside that carries the sheets or lines. They come in a range of

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SV Honeymoon Forever

Fitting out for a multi-year cruise  (published April 2017) My dream of cruising long term actually started as a child standing on the south shore of Long Island looking out over the ocean and dreaming of the explorers I was reading about in history class at school. Explorers like, Magellan,

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Roger Dodger

How I upgraded our dodger with the generous help of friends and fellow cruisers  (published January 2015) While sailing close hauled into a steep chop created by a strong northeasterly breeze that was greeted by a north running current, waves crashed aboard and quickly met the windshield of our new

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Beyond the Ditty Bag

Essential things every sailor should bring along when sailing on someone else's boat  (published December 2014) By now, the contents of a sailor’s ditty bag have been thoroughly discussed in countless articles. Every sailor knows how many hats—and what kind—they should bring, ways to sort and separate wet and dry

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Leave and Return with Peace-of-Mind

A guide to decommissioning and commissioning your boat in a foreign port  (published April 2014) A high percentage of cruisers we meet each year plan on leaving their boats in a safe place and flying home, often once a year. Avoiding cyclone season in the Pacific and hurricane season in

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Gift Ideas for Sailors

Here are a few products that we identified at this fall's boat shows as unique and worth a look for the serious blue water cruiser  (published December 2013) Colligo Marine - Soft shackles and snatch blocks It is fairly evident that the future of sailboat rigging is in modern, high-tech

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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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