Adding Reef Points

(published September 2012) Any experienced cruising sailor knows the importance of being able to reef your sails in heavy weather to reduce power and heeling. As […]

Let the Sun Shine In

The joy of replacing outdated ports  (published August 2012) With the decks painted, more and more things on Regina Oceani, our Pearson 424 ketch, look tired […]

Fenders for Tenders

Strategies for extending the life of your smallest vessel  (photo essay published July 2012) Inflatable dinghies may look rough and tough, but their skin is thin. […]

Finding Faults

Understanding the ins and outs of electrical circuits  (published June 2012) If anything on your boat is run by electricity, sooner or later it will fail. […]

Easy Does It

The not-so-daunting process of installing thru-hulls  (published 0412) The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed standards for the installation of thru-hulls. These state, in […]

To Have and To Hold

Replacing leaky holding tanks for much sweeter sailing  (published April 2012) The winter after Tony Knowles and I purchased a well-maintained 10-year-old Jeanneau 45.2, we dismantled […]

Decking Out the Decks

Regina Oceani‘s refit continues…  (published April 2012) Having gained some painting experience by refinishing the spars on our Pearson 424, Regina Oceani (January 2012), our story […]

Sail Purchasing 101

(published April 2012) Buying a sail is a lot like buying a car—there are different makes and models from different manufacturers in different price ranges. The […]

Varnishing the Cabin Sole

(published February 2012) My boat is 10 years old, and while I work pretty much constantly on the outside teak, I had done nothing to the […]