Boatworks

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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I’m in the process of ordering sails for a 40-foot cruising boat. I’m looking for good performance, but I’m not racing. I’ve heard conflicting views on short vs. full battens in a mainsail. 


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Ask SAIL: Scrub or Paint?

by Gordon West, Posted April 25, 2014

I plan to haul out soon, and I am at a port where they let me work on the hull myself. Should I leave my underwater depthsounder transducer scrubbed clean...


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I have a 1977 Pearson 28 and have replaced the old Atomic 4 gas engine with a three-cylinder Universal 20hp diesel engine. Do I need to change the original propeller that was driven by the Atomic 4?


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Eco-friendly Antifouling

by Adam Cort, Posted April 17, 2014

Find the eco-friendly antifoul to best repel shells, slime and critters from attaching themselves to the hull. We'll give the pros and cons to help you choose which one will work best for your boat.


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