Boatworks

Ask Sail: Full Battens or Not

by Win Fowler, Posted January 23, 2014

I’m in the process of ordering sails for a 40-foot cruising boat. I’m looking for good performance, but I’m not racing. I’ve heard conflicting views on short vs. full battens in a mainsail. 


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Racing News

In the end it was Taylor Canfield’s USone team that carried WAKA Racing skipper Phil Robertson on its shoulders as part of his victory celebration—despite the fact that it had been Robertson who’d knocked them out of Malaysia’s Monsoon Cup just hours earlier.
 


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Best Boats

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Xp 44

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 21, 2014

Step aboard the Xp 44 and the first thing you might find yourself wondering is: what’s not to love? This mid-40-foot racer-cruiser is designed to deliver decades of racing and cruising pleasure while offering a wealth of the kind of design features sailors have long since come to expect from this high-end Danish builder.


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Boatworks

Ask Sail: MMSI Numbers

by Gordon West, Posted January 21, 2014

I just purchased an ocean-going sailboat at a foreclosure sale and will soon install an SSB radio and an AIS transponder. The existing VHF radio is tied into the GPS receiver, and there is an existing maritime mobile ship identity (MMSI) number that comes up on the VHF display when I turn it on.


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Boat Handling

Let the Wind Do the Work

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 20, 2014

The first time I tried to pick up a mooring singlehanded in a stiff breeze, I approached from dead downwind in the usual manner and stopped the boat with the pickup buoy right where I wanted it.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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