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"Many experts recommend that cruisers carry extra shrouds and stays. To save space, I’m thinking about carrying Spectra line as a backup. Does the idea have any merit?"
-- Kim Barr , San Francisco, California
Win Fowler replies: In theory, Spectra or Dyneema line—both are high-modulus polyethylene—will work fine as standing rigging in terms of breaking
Many drivers develop a kind of mechanical sympathy—they learn to recognize the sounds an engine makes when it’s being over-revved or is in too high a gear for the speed. The ability to empathize with sails is not so easily acquired, which is one reason why sailmakers will never be short of repair business.
Step one is to keep the sails from flogging. Flogging
There, that got your attention. I actually mean the boat’s nether regions, as in the bilges.
Clean, sweet bilges contribute more than you think to the quality of life on board. Lower yourself down there and take a
CEO Geoff Eisenberg said sales were down more than expected, and that he was “anxious” about sales going into the spring fitting-out season, traditionally one of the peak selling periods for West Marine.