Cruising Tips

Two Tricks for Homesteading on Your Boat

by Cindy Wallach, Posted July 28, 2014

Sailors have always been a self-reliant bunch. Now, here are two tips for producing and preserving your own provisions on board


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Boatworks

The process of piloting in deep water is the same at night as in the daytime. Once clear of channels and buoys, it’s down to GPS fixes checked against estimates, distances and courses to steer. 


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Boatworks

Engine Trouble

by Nigel Calder, Posted July 25, 2014

Last year, I purchased a 2000 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37. The boat had been chartered, but was well maintained. Its Yanmar 3GM30F engine started easily and ran well during the survey, but a few weeks after closing, an engine stringer broke, and the repair required that the engine be removed. After it was reinstalled, I began to experience intermittent starting problems.


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John Kretschmer's Darkest Hour at Sea

by John Kretschmer, Posted July 24, 2014

Over his three decades of ocean voyaging, author John Kretschmer has been in more than his fair share of heavy weather. In this excerpt from his new book, Sailing a Serious Ocean—Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea, he looks back at his darkest hour at sea 


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Cruising Grounds

Crossing the Harrowed Gulf of Tehuantepec

by Betsy Crowfoot, Posted July 24, 2014

To superstitious sailors, the ocean holds many perils—some more legendary than others. There’s the Kraken, that fearsome tentacled beast that drags ships into the ocean’s depths, the ghost ship Flying Dutchman, the cursed Bermuda Triangle and, of course, the Gulf of Tehuantepec.


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SAIL Magazine and the Boston Sailing Center come together to teach the rolling hitch, an essential sailing knot that is most often used to release an override on a winch

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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