Sails+Rigging

Carbon Spun

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
Here’s a case of grand-prix trickle-down you can benefit from: Lewmar’s new Grand Prix Carbon Fiber 99 winch was specifically designed for the Open 60 and Volvo 70 classes, but it can also handle the loads generated by other large, powerful yachts. The unit’s drum diameter is just under 9 inches; the winch offers a power ratio of 101:1 and has a wide bearing track to accept lines and sheets from
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Electronics+Navigations

Waterlines: July 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2007

The Eyes Have It

Learning to see the world around us should be the heart and soul of navigationBy Charles J. Doane

Quiz any nautical curmudgeon on the subject of proper wayfinding these days and you’ll soon find yourself reefed down in a gale of conventional wisdom about the importance of paper charts, compass bearings, dead reckoning, and the divine art of


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Charter

Sail Away - July 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2007

Charter Insurance

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


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Charter

Sail Away - June 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2007

One-Way Street

I was recently confronted with the not-unpleasant conundrum of how to make the best use of a one-week charter in a place (a) I’d never sailed before, (b) I am unlikely to return to, and (c) that is too big to sail and see it all in a week. What I consider to be “best use” involves a pleasant amount of sailing (but not dawn to dusk) and a reasonable amount of time to see
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Charter

Sail Away - May 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted August 14, 2007

Get It While It’s Hot

Summer can be cooler—this observation includes the temperature—in the Caribbean than where I live, in Massachusetts, and the water is always warmer. More important, the wind always blows, which is more than I can say for my home waters.

Now is a good time to take advantage of the hot summer rates offered by all the bareboat-charter companies in the


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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