Seamanship

Bound For Cruising

by David Schmidt, Posted August 6, 2008
Every sailor yearns to voyage beyond the horizon, but most of us have to settle for an annual cruise of a week or two. Make sure your boat is well prepared, and you’ll go far toward guaranteeing that you’ll spend your time trimming sails, chilling out in quiet anchorages, and enjoying early-morning swims rather than visiting the nearest boatyard.

Know your boat “As a rule, every


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Destinations

Go With The Flow

by David W. Shaw, Posted August 6, 2008

It isn’t always possible to sail to a plan; you need to look at the big picture.

When I started cruising, in 1992, I jumped in with both feet, literally. I’d just bought a 1976 Bristol 24, and in early September I left my home in New Jersey, bound for the Great Lakes, where I’d leave the boat for the winter. I planned to head west the following spring, then south to the Gulf


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Cruising

Days of Whine and Wind Roses

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008
A fast boat. Summer's prevailing southwesterlies. Plenty of quaint harbors to explore. How hard could it be to cruise/circumnavigate Cape Cod on an F-24 trimaran?

It was all going to be so easy and so much fun when we pulled out the charts and kicked around the "Hey, let's circumnavigate Cape Cod" idea. August is the best month of the summer, we thought. Our F-24 trimaran


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Sails+Rigging

Spiked!

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008
Spinlock’s new Deckware fid is the first piece of gear that the DHS has confiscated from me before I boarded a commercial flight. Luckily, I was flying home from a boat show and not to an ocean race, but the experience solidified the fact that this fid packs some punch. The unit features a long needle end, allowing it to work with snap shackles up to Tylaska size T-20’s. Its
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Apparel + Accessories

Gear Test: Foulies

by Sail Staff, Posted August 5, 2008
We had the opportunity to test top-of-the-line foul weather gear from Musto and Gill HPX Ocean and Gill Atlantic gear on a Southern Ocean sailing expedition to South Georgia,” writes our man in te field, Hamish Laird, skipper of the high-latitudes charter boat Seal.. “The Musto HPX Ocean and Gill Atlantic suits have now done over 5000 miles on the boat in cold, wet
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