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Masthead Magic

by David Schmidt, Posted August 26, 2008
Tips for safely going aloft

The list of reasons for going aloft is long: checking the rig, rerunning a lost halyard, fixing a broken wind instrument. There are two basic ways to go up the mast: You can climb a halyard or you can be hoisted. While there are a number of devices available to help you ascend, the best method is to use a bosun’s chair or to use a mast-climbing device


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Serious Essentials

by Sail Staff, Posted August 25, 2008
Our new boat came with plastic seacocks, and when I closed one of the small ones, the handle broke off along with part of the tapered plug, leaving an open hole in the hull. I immediately pushed the broken piece back in place to reduce water flow, but it was still coming in faster than the bilgepump could handle. I needed a quick remedy.

I keep a can of Plumber's Putty in my toolbox. I


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Simple Shower

by Sail Staff, Posted August 25, 2008
We knew when we moved aboard our 34-foot cutter, Eurisko, and became full-time cruisers that the boat didn't have a shower. We also knew that using a solar shower on deck wouldn't work for us on a day-to-day basis. We knew, too, that we couldn't afford to stop at a marina every few days.

Our solution was to modify a 21/2-gallon pressurized garden sprayer by attaching a spray nozzle


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Fewer Fouled Sheets

by Sail Staff, Posted August 25, 2008
Fewer Fouled SheetsIf there is a topping-lift bridle on your spinnaker pole, there's a good chance—depending on how the spinnaker-pole uphaul is rigged—that the bridle could foul either the jib or spinnaker sheet. This happens often enough that foredeck crews on many raceboats—especially in one-design fleets—have changed their pole lifts to minimize the chance of fouling. Here's how
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Foulies Free

by Kimball Livingston, Posted August 22, 2008
Racing or cruising, Mexico's Bahía de Banderas is drawing in more and more of the West Coast action

Bahía de Banderas is a foulies-free environment. That's almost enough to know, and I walked off the plane without a plan. If I had a plan, something could go wrong. But I was on pilgrimage, sure enough. This sunny bight on mainland Mexico is emerging as the


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