Gear

Slick Rig: DeWal Dynaglide MT Rigging Tape

by Sail Staff, Posted March 13, 2008
By David Schmidt

Unsightly is the rig with massive wads of rigging tape glommed onto the spreader tips; worse are sails that have been “punctuated” by uncovered spreaders. DeWAL Industries’s pressure-sensitive Dynaglide MT rigging tape, which is made from pure Teflon to yield an extremely low friction coefficient, easily adheres to spreader tips, turnbuckles, lifelines, deck


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Sea Change

by Sail Staff, Posted February 20, 2008
When Mary South quit her job, sold her house, and floated her life’s savings on a 40-foot steel-hulled trawler, she abandoned her landlocked reality in search of adventure, purpose, and peace at sea.

The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water is South’s account of her transformation from successful publishing executive to eager seamanship student to beaming skipper aboard her newly


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Sailing Primer

by Sail Staff, Posted February 20, 2008
I well remember the first time I went to sea on a cruising boat. Uncertain of what would happen next, I always seemed to be in the wrong place. The deck was a mass of ropes, the terminology—which sounded like Greek to me—was all unfamiliar, and I was probably more of a liability than a help. I enjoyed myself tremendously. Reading whatever books I could lay my hands on, I tried to become more
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Schaefer Marine Aero Tuff Luff

by Sail Staff, Posted February 11, 2008
In 2006, Schaefer Marine released the Aero Tuff Luff (model A-1706) headstay foil, which fit forestays up to 5/16” in diameter. Now Schaefer has introduced a 2.0 version of the Aero Tuff Luff (model A-2506) for boats with headstays up to 3/8” in diameter. The twin-track foil is made from a super-strong polycarbonate material and features a fine surface finish to help mitigate friction between the
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New Gear - January 2008

by Sail Staff, Posted January 29, 2008
Edited by David Schmidt

SILENT DRIVERThe Tiller Trimmer is a simple self-steering device for tiller-steered boats. Mount it on your tiller, run a control line from one side of the cockpit to the other through the Tiller Trimmer, and you can lock the tiller in place by tightening the unit’s control knob. The device, made of N6 Nylon, has a ball-bearing Delrin sheave that


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