Boatworks

Furl it Up

by Charles J. Doane, Posted January 6, 2012

After cruisers tested and perfected furler systems about 30 years ago,  they were widely adopted on certain types of raceboats. Since then, however, there’s been an interesting reverb effect, in which offshore racers have created ever more refined and versatile furling technologies that are now trickling back into the cruising community.


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Boatworks

Taming Full Batten Mains

by Adam Cort, Posted January 5, 2012

One of the great ironies of sailing is that as hard as it can be to get your mainsail up, it can often be just as hard to get it back down. This goes double when tucking in a reef with a slab-reefing system—one reason why so many sailors are willing to sacrifice sailing performance for the sake of in-boom or in-mast furling.


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Boatworks

There's the Rub

by Brian Hancock, Posted January 5, 2012

Because friction makes you work harder and harms your boat’s performance, it pays to take a long, hard look around your boat to see where and how you can make it function as smoothly as possible.


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Cruising

It used to be that sailors looking to keep their boats moving in light air had fairly limited options. A big overlapping genoa flown from a fixed headstay was the weapon of choice when trying to get upwind in a zephyr. Turning downwind, it was a question of setting a balky hard-to-handle symmetric spinnaker on a pole.


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Florida

A Cruise to Treasure

by Bob Burgess, Posted December 20, 2011

Small-boat sailors strike it rich in the Marquesas


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