Charter

Shopping List

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008

If you’re in the thinking-about stage of planning a charter vacation, you’re probably in the process of collecting information about the cruising ground(s) on your must-do-sometime list. How do you find out about the weather, the sailing conditions, the best itineraries? Tourist guides won’t be much help, and your local library probably doesn’t stock cruising guides.

For me, step one is


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Cruising

When Irish Eyes Are Sailing

by Sail Staff, Posted August 7, 2008
A premonition of things to come on the coast of Country Cork.

As my wife, Clare, is from County Kerry, I have spent some time over the past several years exploring the southwest corner of the Emerald Isle by land and have enjoyed it immensely. Still, my eyes have always been drawn to the shore and the sea beyond. Even when viewed from land, the southwest Irish coast presents


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Charter

Charter Insurance

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008

As Sunsail’s Peter Cook says, “You never know what will happen on a boat.” Enter charter insurance, which is designed to cover you in case of a serious event—major loss or damage.

In the well-established charter world of the Caribbean, the pattern is industry wide, though the actual amounts differ by company; the variables are the size and age of the boat and the location of the charter.


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Boat Reviews

Spirit 56

by Malcolm White, Posted August 7, 2008

When you look at the classic mahogany brightwork, teak decks, and fine ends of a Spirit-built yacht, you are to be forgiven if you suspect it dates from the early twentieth century. Then you notice the rod rigging, the carbon-fiber spars, and the foil keel and lead bulb under a cedar-stripped hull—all part of the latest technology. This is how today’s builders blend the above-water


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Boat Reviews

Pacific Seacraft 38

by Sail Staff, Posted August 7, 2008
Pacific Seacraft has new management, is also building and marketing Saga Yachts, and has announced the launch of a new boat of its own. This is slated to be a highly stable medium-displacement cruiser with a traditional cutter rig. But instead of producing another Bill Crealock design, this time the company tapped Bob Perry to come up with a brand-new boat with all the features Pacific Seacrafts
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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