Poles & Sprits

For downwind sailing, spinnaker poles, whisker poles and sprits enhance sailing fun and performance  (published June 2013) Downwind sailing is the course of choice for most […]

Performance Reefing?

How to trim roller furling sails when reefed  (published June 2013) Like it or not, furling sails are the new norm. Sure, furling headsails have been […]

Shifty Eyes

What are all these wind shifts about and how can cruisers take advantage?  (published June 2013) Every sailor knows the wind is never static. We know […]

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, […]

Crew Overboard

A sailor’s guide to crew overboard gear  (published May 2013) While perusing the aisles of West Marine the other day, I couldn’t help but stop and […]

Night Moves

Crew tips for completing safe passages at night  (published May 2013) Someone once asked me if I stopped to sleep every night when making an offshore […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]