Cruising

20 Miles Around... Newport, R.I.

by Sail Staff, Posted July 20, 2007
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FARTHER AFIELD:

Ballards Beach, Block Island (24 miles)This is where to go to see and be seen. Ballard’s Inn serves sushi, barbecue, and drinks on the waterfront and the beach party atmosphere attracts a young, hip crowd. Anchor out and swim in to enjoy the scene, you’re guaranteed a great


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We cruised by the Strawberry Island Lighthouse in Canada’s North Channel at 7 knots in a brisk 25-knot wind. I was aboard Henk Vanderhulst’s Precision 23, Go Gently, and he, despite his 80 years, was unwilling to risk his reputation for leaving the fleet in his wake.


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The Lakes Effect

by Kimball Livingston, Posted December 20, 2006
Once you’re out of sight of land for a while, you understand why they speak of “offshore sailing” in the Great Lakes.

Once you’ve been through a few sail changes, you might think of the prevailing wind as “variable.”And once you’ve gone the length of Lake Michigan, you will be, in a small way, a veteran of sailing in the heart of America. I say “in a small way” because there is a lot of


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Cruising Tips - Pilotage

by Sail Staff, Posted September 26, 2006
Beware of the Buoys (August 2006)

“Just head for the buoy up ahead, and make sure you leave it to starboard.” An instruction like this is asking for trouble, especially if a novice is steering. All it takes is a bit of cross current and the boat will be gradually set off course, all the while pointing faithfully at the buoy; it may even be set onto the very hazard the buoy is marking.


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Cruising Tips - Maintenance

by Sail Staff, Posted September 26, 2006
A “Burned” Impeller (August 2006)

Impellers for the engine’s raw-water pump don’t last forever. Even if they aren’t destroyed by having been run dry following a blockage in the raw-water line, they still deteriorate over the years. If you’ve never had to change one, try installing a new one when the boat is safe on its mooring, and then go out and buy a new spare. You might be


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