Boats & Gear

Best Anchoring Practices for your Catamaran

by Rick Williams, Posted July 30, 2014

The anchoring technique we developed doesn’t differ much from that used on a monohull. We choose a spot with good protection and adequate swinging room, and then deploy the anchor as Dragonfly is moving slowly in reverse. Usually Cindy is on the bow, and I am at the helm. I call out the depths so she will know how much rode to run out.


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Boats & Gear

There’s no holding back these multihull designers and builders. New designs are proliferating. Here are just a few of the latest.


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Cruising Tips

Two Tricks for Homesteading on Your Boat

by Cindy Wallach, Posted July 28, 2014

Sailors have always been a self-reliant bunch. Now, here are two tips for producing and preserving your own provisions on board


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Boatworks

The process of piloting in deep water is the same at night as in the daytime. Once clear of channels and buoys, it’s down to GPS fixes checked against estimates, distances and courses to steer. 


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Boatworks

Engine Trouble

by Nigel Calder, Posted July 25, 2014

Last year, I purchased a 2000 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37. The boat had been chartered, but was well maintained. Its Yanmar 3GM30F engine started easily and ran well during the survey, but a few weeks after closing, an engine stringer broke, and the repair required that the engine be removed. After it was reinstalled, I began to experience intermittent starting problems.


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