Boatworks

Better to be seen

by Gordon West, Posted July 20, 2008
"I have a 28-foot boat with a fractional rig. I’m thinking about mounting a radar reflector on the leading edge of the mast between the forestay and the masthead. Is this a good idea?"

-- Dave Adams, Newington, Connecticut

Gordon West replies: Having a radar reflector is always a good idea; it can increase your boat’s target visibility by up to 6 miles.


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Ocean Racing

The 100th Race to Mackinac

by Sail Staff, Posted July 18, 2008
Call it a milestone because it is.

The 100th running of the Race to Mackinac—aka the Chicago-Mac, 400+ boats over the start line as of July 19—is unprecedented in American sailing.

Call it Lake Michigan because a lake it is, but it's also an inland sea, and this event is run under offshore regulations.

Call it unprecedented because the Race to Mackinac celebrated


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Boatworks

Wilting waypoints

by Gordon West, Posted July 16, 2008
"Starting my engine often wipes out some waypoints in my charting program. My multimeter tells me that the voltage to the charting system drops only .5 volt when the starter is cranking, but that seems to be enough to cause the problem. Everything else still works fine with the lower voltage. Any ideas?"

-- Janet Margelli, Marina del Rey, California

Gordon West


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Sails

Mast lines

by Win Fowler, Posted July 16, 2008

"I’m building a 42-foot cutter that I hope to launch this year, and my present sailplan is a fractional rig with running backstays. I plan to use a carbon-fiber mast, but I want to do away with the runners. Can a rigger redesign the standing rigging—particularly the chainplate locations—or will I have to redo the whole sailplan? And if that’s what’s required, where should I go to get a new


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EagleDarkAloft

by Sail Staff, Posted July 15, 2008

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