Cruising

Cruising Tips - Maintenance

by Sail Staff, Posted September 26, 2006
A “Burned” Impeller (August 2006)

Impellers for the engine’s raw-water pump don’t last forever. Even if they aren’t destroyed by having been run dry following a blockage in the raw-water line, they still deteriorate over the years. If you’ve never had to change one, try installing a new one when the boat is safe on its mooring, and then go out and buy a new spare. You might be


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Cruising

Cruising Tips - October 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 25, 2006
This month: Figure 8 coils, Sailing in Light Air, Reading the Small Print, Bleeding the Engine and Shirttail Nonsense

Seamanship

Figure 8 Coils The traditional way to coil a line is to make coils of equal length and drop them into the palm of your hand. Hold the end of the line in one hand and use the other hand to lay the coils, one on top of the other, into


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Cruising

Cruising Tips - September 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 25, 2006
This month: Rust stains, oversteering, and how to take care of your sails

Sails

Grenada Lime Last fall, when our boat was on the hard in Grenada during the hurricane season, torrential rains found a way into the cockpit locker where we had stored our sails. Normally that wouldn’t have hurt anything, but this time a guest had left behind a duffel that had


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Cruising Tips

Cruising Tips - August 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 25, 2006
This month: Steering toward a buoy, trip lines, a Cutter that cuts it, and how to change an impeller

Maintenance

A “Burned” ImpellerImpellers for the engine’s raw-water pump don’t last forever. Even if they aren’t destroyed by having been run dry following a blockage in the raw-water line, they still deteriorate over the years. If you’ve never had to change one,


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Destinations

Superior Sailing

by Sail Staff, Posted September 22, 2006
Just as we were about to ease into a quiet evening at anchor in Presque Isle Bay, on the south side of Wisconsin’s Stockton Island, the crowd rushed in. The procession of cruising sailboats resembled a busy airport with planes lined up miles to leeward of the main runway. We watched as the cruisers came from all over the Apostle Islands and dropped into formation, motoring one by one into the
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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