Coastal Cruising

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008
Practice with paper instead of plasticBy Chris Lab

During a passage along the South American coast on our Passport 40, Aquamarine II, we ran into a strong storm cell with lightning, high winds, and rain. In the hopes of preventing damage from a lightning strike, we unplugged our GPS, radar, radios, and chartplotter and put as much of the gear as we could in the

Expert Advice

The Future of NMEA 2000

by Sail Staff, Posted August 27, 2008

This really is an excellent “new” marine-electronics network protocol. So why isn’t the industry getting behind it?

It was almost two years ago that I first got out on the water with an NMEA 2000 navigation network and, though the trial rig looked a bit funky (see above), I became a believer. I was bowled over by how easy it was to screw together a multi-manufacturer system of



by David Schmidt, Posted August 27, 2008

Sailors have been tying knots for millennia, and no doubt innovators have been trying just as long to invent both stronger rope and better knots. Yet the basic problem still remains: Every rope is weakened when its fibers are bent. Loading a knot with a large amount of weight creates a sheer force on the fibers; given enough force, the fibers break and the rope fails.



Cut Your Losses

by Kimball Livingston, Posted August 27, 2008
Keep after that guy in front of you

For too many sailors, the upwind leg is a chance to get buried by failing to attack or by failing to defend. Think about this one:

A boat well to weather of you (and slightly back on your hip) experiences a favorable windshift. What do you do? Howie Hamlin, world champion in the 505 dinghy, 18-foot skiff, and, as of 2006, the


Downwind Dance

by Sail Staff, Posted August 27, 2008

Racers know that moving the genoa fairlead outboard on a reach improves boatspeed, but many cruisers overlook this and wind up sailing longer passages as a result. Whenever the wind is abeam or farther aft, it is best to open up the slot between the genoa and mainsail.

When a boat bears away from a close-hauled course and its mainsail is eased, the mainsail boom moves away from the


Footage of the Race Leaders Rounding Cape Horn

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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