Mid-Summer Checkup

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
By Peter Nielsen

Boats tend to get a thorough inspection in the spring, when commissioning demands the attention of the owner, the yard, or both. It happens again in the fall, when everything is being winterized. Problems, however, don’t usually have the good grace to wait until the end of the season. Some pre-emptive action during the summer could save you a big headache. Why not


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Just Add Water

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
A Singapore-based company that proposes to begin marketing its products to the public before 2008 is out, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, has announced that one of the boats that raced in the Baltic Sprint Cup in July carried its hydrogen cells, the Hydropak, as an emergency backup for onboard electrical systems.

The company says:

Horizon’s HydroPak allows boaters to charge starter


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More Height, More Reach, More VHF

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

More Height, More Reach, More VHF

Sailors in Southern California now have more access to VHF communications. The difference will be noticed especially by boats south of the border, as far south as Ensenada, and well off the beach around San Diego. The difference-maker is a VHF radio transmission tower installed by BoatU.S. at the crest of 2,565-foot-high San Miguel Mountain, one on


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'Round Africa the Old Way

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

If it gets your juices flowing to imagine circumnavigating Africa on a replica of an ancient ship, the Phoenicia Expedition is for you.

The story begins with one Philip Beale and his conviction that Phoenicians in ancient times, not Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488, were the first to make the 17,000-mile voyage around the African continent.

Drawing parallels to


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New Entry Regulations in Thailand

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

Since July 1, boats clearing into Thailand have been issued bright orange pennants marked with an identification number and the words "Phuket Immigration". Theses flags must be flown for the duration of the boat's stay in Thai waters and returned upon departure.

Armed Thai officials are conducting regular checks to ensure that all foreign vessels have properly cleared customs.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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