Boat Reviews

J/88

by Adam Cort, Posted March 3, 2014

Although the new J/88 has very similar lines to the J/111 and J/70 that precede it, the boat still has a personality that is distinctly its own. 
For example, whereas the J/111 is almost in “big boat” range with its 9,300lb displacement, 36ft 6in LOA and 663ft2 of sail area, the J/88 is refreshingly nimble with its 4,990lb displacement, 439ft2 of sail area and a LOA of just over 29ft.


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New Boat & Gear Review

Gill’s OC1 Racer Jacket

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 1, 2014

Take off for your next wet and wild ride on the ocean in Gill’s OC1 Racer Jacket, which will keep you warm and dry with its waterproof, three-layer laminated fabric, fully taped seams, and SuperFabric protection that guards against spray and wear and tear. 


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Boatworks

Many sailors embarking on ocean passages will take along the obligatory storm jib and trysail, with the vague idea that they may come in handy. Few sailors, however, have a real understanding of how and when to set them.


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Cruising Tips

When sailing close to the coast it often seems that NOAA’s wind forecasts are maddeningly inaccurate. How could NOAA get it so wrong?


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Boat News

Away from the docks at last October’s U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, the buzz was all about the just-announced Hinckley Bermuda 50. This is the first new sailing boat from Hinckley since 2004, when the venerable builder got in right at the forefront of the daysailer movement with its DS42.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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