Sails+Rigging

Smooth Spinners

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
Blocks are rarely noticed—unless they fail or slow you down. Ronstan’s new Orbit blocks are both light and strong, thanks to their polymer-and-fiber construction, and are packed with enough features and options that you’ll notice them. There are currently 18 configurations of Series 55 blocks that are aimed at a variety of applications on boats into the 30-foot range; larger 70mm Orbit blocks are
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Sails+Rigging

Weight Watchers

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
Looking for a lightweight, silky-smooth block that won’t shy away from a serious workout? Schaefer’s new M-Series blocks come in three sizes (66mm, 82mm, and 100mm) with five attachment options (singles, webbing/lashing singles, stand-up spring, halyard lead, and foot blocks). The blocks feature Torlon rollers and Delrin ball bearings in the sheave. This combination, coupled with a
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Boat Reviews

Far Harbour 39

by Tom Dove, Posted July 6, 2007
Click here to read a PDF version of this review

Many of us would like to see the world from the deck of our own sailboats, but time, money, and long, slow offshore passages can interfere with that dream. Sailboats are efficient but slow, earning money requires time and roots, and crossing an ocean takes determination


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Life at Ninety (feet)

by Sail Staff, Posted July 5, 2007
July 5 was a fast-moving day at Port America's Cup.

From the sound of things, Valencia's chances of hosting the next America's Cup just dimmed, and Alinghi's chances of successfully defending just jumped.

Here is a link to the just-released Protocol for the next America's Cup, the one to be sailed in a yet-to-be defined/designed class of 90-foot sloop:


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Boatworks

BoatWorks Videos: Chart Plotters

by Sail Staff, Posted July 2, 2007
Boatworks videos show how to upgrade, repair, and improve your boat. Join Deputy Editor Mark Corke as he explains the features of the Raymarine C60 electronics system to be installed on the BoatWorks Bailout winner, Castaway, an Ericson 34T.

Episode 3: Overview of a Raymarine C60 Chart Plotter

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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