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Boats We Sail Part 2: The 1970s

by Dan Spurr, Posted November 3, 2010
This second installment of SAIL’s series on the evolution of modern sailboat design focuses on the 1970’s—the IOR decade and beyond. It was also the decade of racer/cruisers, cruiser/racers, dedicated cruisers, the rise of trailersailers, and the first of the fun, fast day racers—the J/24 and the Santa Cruz 27.

The adoption in the late 1960s of the International Offshore Rule (IOR) spelled


Boats We Sail Part 1: The 1960s

by Dan Spurr, Posted October 27, 2010
Modern sailboat design began with the advent of fiberglass construction immediately following World War II. Why? As in many other industries—automotive and aerospace, to name but two—materials development and design move forward hand in hand. Composite construction technology allows designers to create shapes that are virtually impossible—or at least prohibitively expensive—to fabricate in wood
I could barely hear the robotic voice of the NOAA weather radio over the engine as I sat at the nav station, groggy from an overnight passage across the Gulf of Maine. It was just past dawn on a late September day, and I was taking Sonata, my Pearson 36 cutter, south for the winter. One of my crew was asleep in the saloon; the other was on watch in the cockpit.



Rudder's Gone!

by David J. Bate, Posted September 21, 2010
It was a beautiful Sunday morning afternoon in late July, and my wife, Patti, and I were about 3 miles south of Point Judith, Rhode Island, aboard our Cal 39 Mk 3, Scimitar. A nice southerly breeze of 18-20 knots was moving us along at about 8 knots on our way to Cuttyhunk Island, where we planned to spend several days sailing in company with some friends on Stieglitz, a Sabre 362.



September 2010 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted September 21, 2010
Line items Whether it’s an official range that is marked on a chart or just two sticks in the sand that you have set up yourself to help get your dinghy through a narrow cut in a reef, a range is an important tool for the sailor. A range works because the two vertical poles or objects are aligned to create an unmovable line of position. Ranges work best when the aftermost stick,
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