One for the Women

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Corona del Mar, CAFebruary 4, 2006In 1972, with eighteen months of sailing under her belt, Gail Hine had a monumental task ahead of her when she decided to start a program to teach women to sail. Her determination left her with the creation of WISP (Women’s Instructional Sailing Program). That summer, she ran three seminars, including a beginner,
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Dog Saver

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
Hoisting a wet and wriggling dog onto a boat is no joke. This nifty canine boat ladder from Paws Aboard not only lets Fido get himself aboard after a cooling swim, it gives him a chance to shake himself dry before he reaches the cockpit. Measuring 16 inches by 64 inches, the $219 ladder folds away for storage. It looks like it will work best on boats with low freeboard or when deployed from a
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Two Point Five Horses

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
The latest in Suzuki’s line of four-stroke outboards looks like a welcome addition to the ranks of small dinghy motors. The DF 2.5 weighs in at 30 pounds and is claimed to have 25 percent more power than competing motors. It offers the usual four-stroke advantages of quiet running, frugal gas consumption, and cleaner exhaust fumes than two-strokes. It comes only in a short-shaft version and has a
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Flexible Epoxy

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
Pettit’s FLEXpoxy is a marine-grade epoxy resin that retains a degree of elasticity once it cures, rather than becoming brittle like most other epoxies. Pettit says this property makes it ideal for sealing hull-to-keel joints, as well as for a number of other applications both above and below the waterline on fiberglass, wood, aluminum, or steel boats. It can be drilled, filed, sanded, and
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Switched On

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
A boat’s engine-cranking and domestic batteries are on separate circuits so that the starting battery isn’t accidentally drained, but you need to be able to combine the power from both batteries to help start a reluctant engine. Usually this means installing either three single switches or a four-position (off, 1, 2, both) selector switch; either way, it’s all too easy to leave the switch in the
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