Expert Advice

SAIL'S BEST LITTLE LEARN TO SAIL BOOK EVER

by Sail Staff, Posted May 21, 2003
To begin

       You don't need to know much about how a piston engine works in order to drive a car. You get in, turn on the engine, shift into gear, step on the gas, and off you go.
     In a sailboat, though, you play a far more active role in harnessing the energy that propels you forward. You can get


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Boatworks

The best from the past

by Sail Staff, Posted April 28, 2003
Harry Sweica on engine maintenance and repair
Harry Swieca has run a boatyard, and he is a registered marine surveyor. He's certified in the repair of all marine engines.

ONE TACH TOO MANY:
I have a 2QM20 Yanmar engine that's great. But after the ignition switch and starter motor started acting up, I installed a new switch, and


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Expert Advice

Sailing Schools

by Sail Staff, Posted April 22, 2003
There are courses to help racers move up in the standings, courses that teach the skills needed for chartering or overnight passages, and even courses where students learn celestial navigation and passagemaking while sailing offshore with an instructor.

Most sailing schools are affiliated with an umbrella organization that issues certification. The web sites of these umbrella groups have


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Profiles

Pirate Reborn

by Kimball Livingston, Posted April 14, 2003
In the early 20th century, R-boat racing attracted the brightest and the best. R's were large enough to be yachts and small enough to be toys.

One of the most historic of the lot, Pirate, R11, is being restored in Seattle at the lively Center for Wooden Boats. Pirate was the first West Coast boat to campaign on the East Coast—she won the 1929 nationals at


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Call 911, or Rocket J? If you're sailing on Pamlico Sound, North Carolina's racing hotbed, and if you're the least bit accident prone, try to stay close to Randy Boyles' s J30 Rocket J. Over the past 3 years the tight, veteran crew of Rocket J has pulled 5 people out of the drink in 4 separate emergencies.

"It boggles me that we've been the boat on the scene over and over,"


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