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SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knots: Linesman Loop

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015

The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at a lesser-known but extremely effective knot known as the linesman loop, which can be especially useful when lashing, say, an inflatable dinghy on deck.


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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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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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Ask SAIL: Repainting Fiberglass

by Don Casey, Posted February 25, 2015

 I have a 1972 Cal 2-29. The interior fiberglass was evidently painted at the factory. Now, however, large pieces of paint are peeling off everywhere. I have found a solution for removing the old paint by first scraping and then using a combination of peel-and-strip paper with some orange citrus Home Depot paint remover.


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