Blue Water Rally

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2004
By Kimball Livingston

Imagine sailing into a foreign port and finding it packed full of your best friends. That's the dream—and sometimes the reality—of a long distance rally.

I know the dream can be real. I've seen it. But let's agree up front that rallies work for some people, and not for others. If for you the purpose of voyaging is to wander aimlessly (as aimlessly as


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LAKE SAILING THE SOUTH PACIFIC

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2004

                                                        
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Boat Reviews

Wylie 43

by Sail Staff, Posted November 19, 2004
California-based designer Tom Wylie is known for his long, slender sleds with freestanding masts, so the configuration of the new Wylie 43 should come as no surprise. It's billed as an "ultralight downwind flyer" and is aimed at the section of the market that's looking for performance in a more-affordable 43-foot package. The hull is made of a cored carbon-fiber laminate; the 4,800-pound keel
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Boatworks

Wireless Resources

by Sail Staff, Posted November 5, 2004
No Strings Attached

Wireless technology is constatantly evolving and improving. To keep abreast of the latest developments log on to the following sites:

www.BandG.com; B&G’s site has information about the company’s RemoteVision wireless system that can control and monitor various electronic systems wirelessly


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Safety

Stability is the Key

by Dave Gerr, Posted October 10, 2004

For multihulls, there are four important indicators of performance and stability: the Bruce Number; the Real Performance Index; the Stability Number; and the Stability Factor.

Bruce Number

Bruce Number is another form of the sail area-displacement ratio (a power-to-weight ratio). It shows how much sail area relative to displacement (weight) a boat has, but tells nothing about a


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