Do It Yourself

Tips for anchor windlass installation  (published June 2013) I no longer need a mirror to see that time has finally caught up with me—let’s face it, I’m getting old. Having made this admission, high on our list of cruising equipment was a new 12-volt anchor windlass. As we sail shorthanded,

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A Sole with Soul

Fitting a new cabin sole takes time and careful planning  (published May 2013) When we began the restoration and refit of our Pearson 424, S/V Regina Oceani, on the edge of a corn field in Colorado, some 39 months ago, I promised Admiral Jill, that I would not replace the

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Marlinspike Madness

Learn to splice your double braid lines  (published April 2013) Marlinspike seamanship is an often-overlooked aspect of sailing. Most cruising sailors know half-a-dozen knots that are applicable in various situations aboard their boats. But, not many sailors know how to splice an eye in double braid line. Double braid is

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Live It, Learn It

Hands-on sail repair and maintenance with Carol Hasse and crew  (published April 2013) Though my home was moored in the shadow of Carol Hasse’s front door at Port Townsend Sails, I didn’t feel the need to dig out the tape recorder for our meeting. The objective wasn’t to delve into

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Mast Hysteria

What to look for in your rig before heading offshore (published April 2013) Everything has its place, purpose and importance on an offshore quality sailboat. But when completing a blue water passage, nothing could be more essential to your safety and success than your standing and running rigging. With a

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Lessons Learned After 160,000 Miles

A look back at our boat and gear, what worked and what didn't  (published April 2013) In 1995, when we ordered Mahina Tiare III, our Hallberg-Rassy 46, we were in Patagonia, headed to Antarctica in the midst of our seventh year of leading sail-training expeditions aboard our 1983 Hallberg-Rassy 42.

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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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One Word: Plastics

Modern plastic technology meets classic plastic boat-less maintenance on deck, less corrosion below  (published February 2013) Mr. McGuire: “I want to say one word to you. Just one word.” Benjamin: “Yes, sir.” Mr. McGuire: “Are you listening?” Benjamin: “Yes, I am.” Mr. McGuire: “Plastics.” It’s been a few years since

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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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Surefire Survey Strategies

Getting the most out of every type of boat evaluation  (published December 2012) If only we knew then what we know now! In five years of owning our current boat, a 1981 Dufour 35, we’ve had three professional surveys of vastly differing qualities. Comparing our experiences taught us how to

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