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Ask SAIL: Cabin Insulation

by Don Casey, Posted April 22, 2015

I would like to add some insulation to the cabin sidewalls, because we sail in Maine, where it often gets chilly. Is there a way to do this without developing a future mold problem? 


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I often see poor electrical installations on boats, but here is a real classic. The owner of this boat wanted to install a switch for the air conditioning water pump, but there was no room for it on the shore power breaker panel.


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European builders caught on early to the anchoring needs of cruisers, but one issue with older U.S.-built sailboats is the lack of dedicated anchoring systems. 


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SAIL’s Essential Sailing Knots Video Series

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

This past summer, SAIL magazine paid a visit to the Boston Sailing Center in Boston’s North End to get the low-down on the knots, bends and hitches that every sailor should know.


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SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: Rolling Hitch

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at the construction and uses of that saltiest of knots, the rolling hitch. In particular, Francois explains how this knot can be used to help untangle even the worst winch override. 


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