Destinations

Go With The Flow

by David W. Shaw, Posted August 6, 2008

It isn’t always possible to sail to a plan; you need to look at the big picture.

When I started cruising, in 1992, I jumped in with both feet, literally. I’d just bought a 1976 Bristol 24, and in early September I left my home in New Jersey, bound for the Great Lakes, where I’d leave the boat for the winter. I planned to head west the following spring, then south to the Gulf


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Boat Reviews

Hanse 430e

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008
Once the term “mid-size cruiser” was used to describe boats from 30 to 35 feet, but many of today’s popular “mid-size” boats are larger. The new 43-foot Hanse 430 is performance oriented, as might be expected; it was designed by Judel/Vrolik, designer of Alinghi’s America’s Cup boats. As I found during my test sail in Miami, the 430e (epoxy) is a quick cruiser rather than a racer.
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Cruising

Days of Whine and Wind Roses

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008
A fast boat. Summer's prevailing southwesterlies. Plenty of quaint harbors to explore. How hard could it be to cruise/circumnavigate Cape Cod on an F-24 trimaran?

It was all going to be so easy and so much fun when we pulled out the charts and kicked around the "Hey, let's circumnavigate Cape Cod" idea. August is the best month of the summer, we thought. Our F-24 trimaran


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Boat Reviews

Tartan 4300

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008

Legend has it that back in the day, Charlie Britton, founder of Tartan Yachts, once fired a .45 at one of his boats to show that it was "bulletproof." Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, the first Tartans were popular boats early in the fiberglass era. Tim Jackett, fresh out of school, came to work on the factory floor in 1974. Today he's CEO and in-house designer at Tartan (and at companion


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Sails+Rigging

Spiked!

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008
Spinlock’s new Deckware fid is the first piece of gear that the DHS has confiscated from me before I boarded a commercial flight. Luckily, I was flying home from a boat show and not to an ocean race, but the experience solidified the fact that this fid packs some punch. The unit features a long needle end, allowing it to work with snap shackles up to Tylaska size T-20’s. Its
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Adil Khalid on his Second VOR

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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