Boatworks

Sails and Sailhandling Systems

by Sail Staff, Posted January 11, 2013

Six experts weigh in on the best ways to improve a boat’s sails and sailhandling systems.


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Columns

“We’ll only be out for an hour,” he promised, and I decided to believe him. The wind out on Lake Ontario was light, the seas were calm, and despite there being some dark clouds in the distance, it looked like a great afternoon for a sail.


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Boatworks

Learning to Do It Yourself

by Dean Abramson, Posted January 10, 2013

I never used to read how-to articles in sailing magazines. They were too daunting. I might want to build a thingie or fix a whatnot, but a few paragraphs in, I would learn that success was possible only if certain conditions were met.


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Boat News

Sail Design: Art or Science?

by Adam Cort, Posted January 9, 2013

Two different boats, two different sail programs, and yet a surprising number of similarities: among them, the fact that even in this era of gee-whiz computer modeling, the human element still plays a major role in a sail’s ultimate success. 


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Boat News

Just Launched: Petrel

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 4, 2013

It is not very often that Hull #2 of a design beats Hull #1 onto the water by a couple of decades—which is why Jay E. Paris, longtime technical editor of SAIL and designer of the 32-foot cruiser Petrel, laughs ruefully as he looks back at the lengthy build timeline of his boat.


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