Inshore Racing

Should you find yourself needing a bit of reassurance as to why you sail, a glimpse of the 300-plus beautiful classic yachts that were assembled in Saint Tropez in September for the 2009 Classic Boats Regatta will immediately have you remembering exactly why you fell in love with our sport-and lifestyle-in the first place.


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Boatworks

Thin Film Solar Panels

by David Schmidt, Posted October 21, 2009
Looking for an innovative way of keeping your batteries trickle-charged, without adding a cumbersome and expensive fixed solar panel? SolarSail could be your solution.

These rollable solar films attach to your boat's canvas via supplied fasteners (mounting instruction included), allowing you to easily stow them when you collapse your canvas. The monolithically integrated panels are made


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Cruising I knew that it was going to be a great Annapolis Sailboat Show when I checked the Dow Jones Industrial Average on my cell phone on the opening day of the show.

In 2008, the United States Sailboat Show perfectly synchronized with one of the worst days in the stock market's history. On that glum day, industry veterans and show goers alike walked around with dazed expressions, scarcely able to


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Industry News and Specials

Horizon Yacht Charters www.horizonyachtcharters.com (HYC) has been voted the Best Caribbean Yacht Charter Company of 2009 by the Caribbean World International Travel Awards, a British publication.

 

"It was a big surprise," said Nicola Massey of HYC. "We didn't want to just


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Boatworks

Sparkling Spars

by Nigel Calder, Posted October 20, 2009
Janet Hartman of Beaufort, North Carolina, asks:

"Recently I contacted the National Ocean Survey (NOS) to ask whether the authorized clearances for overhead cables shown on their charts include the extra distance needed to avoid arcing. I received an email from nautical.charting@noaa.gov stating 'The ‘authorized clearance’ for an overhead power cable does not include the


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