Expert Advice

Is It Time for Boat Swapping?

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
An online match-making service for boatowners interested in boat swapping, launched earlier this year at www.seemysea.com, is now claiming members from many corners of the world. The premise: To allow busy boatowners to travel in far-away spots without piling the cost of chartering on top of the cost of already owning a boat at home.

A one-year


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Cruising

Court Ruling Threatens Boating

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
A recent court ruling about pollution dumped from the ballast water of commercial ships is written to also require all recreational boats to get permits by September 2008, even though 99 percent of recreational boats do not have ballast tanks.

Boats and ships are different and should not be treated as the same. These costly permits—intended for commercial ships and supertankers that have


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Boatworks

Sails Need Love Too

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By Peter Nielsen

Many drivers develop a kind of mechanical sympathy—they learn to recognize the sounds an engine makes when it’s being over-revved or is in too high a gear for the speed. The ability to empathize with sails is not so easily acquired, which is one reason why sailmakers will never be short of repair business.

Step one is to keep the sails from flogging. Flogging


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Cruising

Delays on the Panama Canal

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By Rebecca Waters

Ouch!

Over 150 recreational boats are backed up on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal with wait times of up to 2 months for transit. Officially, the delays are due to the arrival of an unusually large number of commercial ships, about 50 a day, up from the 38 expected at this time of year. However, speculation is rife as cruisers worry about crossing the


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Inshore Racing

Island Time

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By David Schmidt

Few regattas dish up the trade winds, the big waves, and the international scene that can match Antigua Sailing Week. This year there may have been an extra infusion of Europeans, considering the high value of the euro in terms of U.S. dollars. What awaited them this year were conditions on the light side for this exposed flank of the Antilles, with average winds in


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