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September 2009 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2010

I was powering at low rpm when my wife asked, “What is that high-pitched sound?” I thought it was a belt, but when I went below and looked in the engine box all seemed fine. The noise seemed to be coming from behind the engine, so I lifted the small hatch over the PSS (Packless Sealing System) unit and found that the shaft, boot, and clamps were too hot


Set a Safety Perimeter

by Jeff Stander, Posted February 4, 2010
All chartplotters have an anchor alarm that can be set to sound when the boat moves outside a specific radius around a GPS position. The concept is great, but in the real world it is often not all that helpful. The reason is that the anchor alarm’s radius is normally set on the boat’s position rather than the position of the anchor. If the alarm is enabled when the hook touches bottom it should

Sunsets: Thomas C. Gillmer, Naval Architect

by Iver Franzen, Posted January 29, 2010
My relationship with Tom started long before I knew him personally. My formative years were a bit like Tom’s, albeit somewhat more recent. We both grew up on and around boats. We both started on Lake Erie and later gravitated to the east coast, myself to New England, he to the Chesapeake. I loved his story about the first time he saw the Annapolis Harbor full of skipjacks getting underway in the
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has presented its 2009 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to U.S. sailors Maurice and Sophie Conti for rescuing three people from a sunken yacht in heavy weather off a remote reef.

On the night of October 13, 2008, the Contis were aboard their Catana 471 catamaran Ocealys, far out in the South Pacific, when they picked up a

Nearly two weeks after setting out on a solo transatlantic voyage, British quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt is back underway after seeking temporary shelter in the Cape Verde islands to refuel and repair his boat’s engines.

On December 10, Holt set sail from the island of Lanzarote aboard the 60-foot catamaran Impossible Dream bound for Tortola and almost immediately encountered

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