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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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Winners of SAIL's Holiday Wish List Contest

by Sail Staff, Posted February 11, 2010
Announcing the winners of SAIL's Holiday Wish List

The holidays have come and gone, but SAIL still has one more gift to give: our stocking full of sailing goodies. From November 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010, we accepted entries from hundreds of SAIL readers who responded to our question, "What ten items do you most wish to add to your sailboat this upcoming season?" From masts to mainsails,


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Rules to Sail By

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2010
Sailors are fond of rules, although it is also true that some rules are simply mnemonic memory devices. Red right returning is a good example, at least in North America. Others might provide advice: Red sky at night, sailor’s delight comes to mind. But some phrases are rules that are inviolate: Always wear a harness at night is one.

I’ve developed my own set of rules that,


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September 2009 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted February 4, 2010
SHAFT SEAL SQUEAL

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


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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
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