Boat Reviews

Dorade's Second Wind

by Charles J. Doane, Posted November 16, 2007
Are these things we call sailboats really capable of some independent existence, or only such existence as we imbue them with? This was a question I was asking myself one August morning as I scrambled onto the tiny afterdeck of a certain 52-foot Olin Stephens–designed yawl named Dorade and prepared to hoist her mizzen spinnaker in place of her
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Boatworks

Keeping Fresh-water Tanks Fresh

by Sail Staff, Posted November 16, 2007
There's nothing quite as revolting as tainted drinking water. Here are a few tips to keep the water in your tanks tasting sweet.

› At least once a year, drain the tanks completely and pour in half a cup ofClorox bleach for every 20 gallons of each tank’s capacity. Then refill thetanks, pump them dry, and refill them with fresh water to which you have added alittle lemon juice


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Ernesto Pulls the Plug

by Sail Staff, Posted November 16, 2007

Those of you who follow these things closely will note that a consortium of challengers joined BMW Oracle last week in offering a compromise to enable racing in 2009. Alinghi rejected that offer. As expected, America's Cup Management is now announcing that Cup competition will be delayed beyond 2009. The press release, issued on Thanksgiving morning, USA time, is copied below. Also as


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Boatworks

Keeping Connected: Communications for Cruisers

by Sail Staff, Posted November 13, 2007
The rapid evolution of communications technology in the last decade has meant that more of us are able to keep in range of a regular cell phone. We asked many of the entrants in the 2006 ARC transatlantic rally how they planned to stay in contact with those back home and received a variety of answers. Here we describe what systems were chosen and why, and explain some of the
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Cruising

Sailing the Web: Salty Southeast Cruiser's Net

by Sail Staff, Posted November 13, 2007
If you find that your cruising guides and newsletters are obsolete before you ever reach your destination, you’ll want to know about The Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net (www.cruisersnet.net). This new Web site, developed by cruising guide author Claiborne Young and nautical author Eddie Jones, allows for a free exchange of information among
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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