Cruising Grounds

Circumnavigating Jamaica

by David Peters, Posted February 24, 2014

Three weeks to explore a diverse island nation.


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Cruising Tips

When anchoring on chain rode it is usual to fasten a length of nylon line between the chain and the boat as a snubber. This absorbs shock loads if the chain suddenly gets yanked up tight. 


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Boatworks

Last season I repowered my Catalina 30 with a new M3-20B Universal diesel engine. Its power curve was substantially different from the original engine, so I also changed the propeller. I ordered a new shaft, a new coupling half (fitted at the supplier) and a new prop.


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Racing News

Star Class Isn't Dead Yet

by Adam Cort, Posted February 21, 2014

The Star class may no longer have a spot in the Olympics, but that hardly seems to have slowed it down. On the contrary, with the advent of the new Star Sailors League—a pro series featuring some of the best sailors in the world—the future of the 100-year-old one design appears to be stronger than ever.


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New Boat & Gear Review

Harken’s Waterproof Rogue Backpack

by SAIL Editors, Posted February 19, 2014

Harken’s waterproof Rogue backpack is constructed from thermoplastic polyurethane-impregnated nylon, which resists abrasion, stains and UV.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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