Boatworks

Why Low-Drag Propellers

by Duncan Kent, Posted October 24, 2013

Would you buy an automobile whose rear brakes locked up and dragged along the road when going downhill? Not likely. So why do so many sailboat owners do much the same thing by dragging the blades of a propeller through the water behind them when the engine’s off?


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Building a New Front End

by Wally Moran, Posted October 23, 2013

A liveaboard cruiser transforms his anchor handling system

 

 


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Ask SAIL: Staysail Support

by Win Fowler, Posted September 16, 2013

I am retrofitting a removable staysail stay to a 1982 Bristol 40 sloop. The existing standing rig has both forward and aft lower shrouds. Do I need to add more support behind the mast to support the staysail stay when it is set up? I would like not to have to do this. If I do have to do it, what’s the most efficient, least expensive way to go about it?


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What’s the latest on LED lighting strips? I’ve noticed a boat in our marina that has a pair of strips mounted in its cockpit, and they look pretty cool!


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Make the Switch to Electric Winches

by Steve Dublin, Posted September 16, 2013

I’ve always liked the shape of the fully battened mainsail on Caretta, my tall rig Catalina 380 sloop. But my aging north-of-65 body no longer enjoys cranking it all the way to the top of the mast. Here’s how I upgraded my Lewmar winch for push-button operation.


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