Boatworks

SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: Stopper Knots

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

There’s more than one way to stop a line from running through a block, clutch or fairlead, including the figure-eight knot and the double overhand—both of which, according to the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin, have their advantages and disadvantages. 

 

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When I bought my aft-cockpit ketch, Silverheels, she had no bimini top at all. While I attended to other upgrades in preparation for tropical cruising, I pondered how I might have full-time shade in the cockpit and still get at the mizzen sail to furl and reef it.


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Ask SAIL: Bad Plug?

by Gordon West, Posted March 9, 2015

Do marine electronic plugs just go bad on their own? I have a GPS chartplotter that sometimes go off intermittently until I reach back and wiggle a certain multi-pin plug connection.


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Rowing a hard tender rather than motoring an inflatable means we don’t need to carry stealable items like a pump, repair kit, tools, motor and fuel tank.


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Bonding circuits tie all the underwater metals together and hold everything at the same potential, and thus reduce the amount of galvanic corrosion. 


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