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Pets on Boats: Katie and Libby

by Sail Staff, Posted February 23, 2010
Any Michigan native will tell you that the pristine waters of the Northern Great Lakes hold some of the greatest sailing opportunities known to man. So when Captain David Rowe sent us pictures of his pups Katie and Libby, relaxing on board their Cal 39 "Wild Honey" in the waters around Mackinac Island, a collective sigh of jealousy erupted throughout the entire SAIL office. And that was BEFORE we
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January 10 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted February 17, 2010
SEAMANSHIP: Hang tight

Priority number one when I’m out cruising is to stay on board my boat. Using a safety harness after dark, or when conditions are strong, is important, but even the best harness only guarantees you stay attached to the boat. It’s no fun being dragged alongside. Also, accidents can happen in the most benign conditions. A sailor from my marina drowned


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December 09 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted February 17, 2010
MAINTENANCE: Keeping Fuel Sludge-Proof

Four years ago our diesel engine died because of a blocked fuel line. We’ve known many other cruisers who have suffered the same problem. Whenever a boat is going to windward under power, as we were, the fuel in the tanks gets stirred up. If the tank contains dirty fuel or microbial growth, as ours did, there will often be trouble. To


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Pets on Boats!

by Sail Staff, Posted February 16, 2010
They say that man's best friend is the canine, and so it makes sense that often our favorite partner on the rail is of the non-homo sapiens variety. Does your dog or cat love the water enough to put on a PFD and cruise with you? If so, send us your pictures, along with the appropriate caption, for us to post on the website.

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Quiet Means Safe

by Bruce Balan, Posted February 16, 2010
I know sailors who can sleep through 40-knot winds even though the halyards are throbbing like a string quartet. But the truth is if something on the boat is making noise, chances are that it’s either hitting or rubbing something else and that means lots of chafe and wear. A quiet boat is a chafe-free and therefore a safer boat. At night that can often mean the difference between a good night’s
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