Boatworks

Whether you’re revving up for the start of a race or cruising the coast, having a reliable watch aboard is a must. Thanks to the latest in digital technology, today’s sailing watches offer more features than ever before...


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Three Apps for Ocean Protection

by Rachel Kashdan, Posted August 12, 2014

From an app that analyzes your baby’s cry to one that can determine if a watermelon is ripe, there seems to be little an app cannot do. So why not use apps to lend a hand to the planet? Here are three apps that help ocean-lovers do their part to save the seas.  


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Ask Sail: Staysail Loads

by Win Fowler, Posted August 5, 2014

I would like to add an inner forestay to my Hughes Columbia 40. The sail for this is 350 square feet. What safe working load would I need for an exit block for the mast as well as jib tracks and leads?


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I see wire nuts on boats all too often. Many times they are installed by an owner as a temporary measure, “just to make sure it’s working,” or by electricians more used to working on houses than boats. Just to be clear—wire nuts have no place afloat...


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Forget those pricey marine compounds. Rope caulk, a non-hardening stranded putty that costs a few dollars at any hardware store, is ideal for bedding just about anything above the waterline.

 


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