Cruising

Life After 30 Knots

by Tom Cunliffe, Posted May 24, 2010
How do we define “heavy weather?” For example, a small family cruiser sailing upwind in open water might have a tough time of it in a 25-knot wind even though the same blow is perfect for a boat twice her size. And what about a vessel crewed by a retired couple who don’t spend much time in the gym, compared to the same craft manned by the local firefighters’ tug-of-war team? With the obvious
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Midnight Knockdown

by Antonia Murphy, Posted May 24, 2010
Everyone warned us about crossing Cook Strait, the stormy stretch of water between New Zealand’s North and South Islands. One man even asked us, “Why are you doing this to your family? Do you enjoy fear?” It was a fair question, and we weren’t sure of the answer. What we did know was that if we had stuck to the usual choices, we never would have sailed across the Pacific in the first
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May 2010 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted May 24, 2010
MAINTENANCE

Repairs on the run

We take very good care of both Yanmar engines on our Outremer 45 catamaran. Before we left Thailand late last year we serviced everything and figured the engines were in good shape for our passage to the Med. Everything worked well until we spent a week motoring in the windless Gulf of Aden and noticed our port engine was using two pints


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Riders on the Storm

by David Schmidt, Posted May 24, 2010
To sail to windward in heavy weather, you need a flat-cut headsail. A heavily reefed roller genoa typically is anything but flat. The draft in the sail migrates aft as the sail is reefed, and you end up with a baggy sail that presses the boat down and won’t allow it to point.

One solution is to drop your genoa and hoist a storm jib. Another is to set a storm jib on a detachable inner


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Sail Well, Sail Safely

by Rich DuMoulin, Posted May 24, 2010
From the moment my father first put me in a sailboat he told me that safety and seamanship come first, above all else. He served in the Coast Guard in the North Atlantic during World War II and knew why these things are important. Later, when I went sailing with his wartime crew, every one of them put the same emphasis on seamanship and safety. They focused not on loading the boat down with fancy
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