Boatworks

Keep Your Keel On

by Roger Marshall, Posted May 29, 2014

As keels get ever finer and more efficient, it becomes harder to keep them attached to their boats


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Q I’m trying to figure out why the paddle-wheel transducer for my Raymarine ST60 knot log is registering incorrectly...


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I was intrigued by your answer about the loose-footed main (“Keep it Loose” Dec. 2013) and thought I could do the same on my boat. I also have a bolt rope foot that fits in a groove on the boom...


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Many times while sailing my Precision 23 on our local lake I find myself reefing my main and roller-reefing the jib to almost nothing to keep the boat from excessive heeling when the wind is 20 knots...


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Along with a watertight hull and robust steering gear, there’s a third prerequisite for seaworthy sailboats: strong standing rigging.
Before the round-Atlantic voyage we’re now partway through, I worked hard to ensure our Valiant 40 Moon River was up to speed in the first two departments.


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