Giggle This

by Sail Staff, Posted January 30, 2007
You gotta love watching the crazy (and apparently rather smart) Frenchmen who touched 47.2 knots in their contraption, l’Hydroptre. They're after official speed records, and they just might get them.

I watched the video and just sat here giggling, imagining the ride. And then I did it again. Maybe I'm strange, but that's what happens for me at
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Alerion Express 38

by Bill Springer, Posted January 29, 2007
It could be said that Garry Hoyt’s Alerion Express 28 was ahead of the “big daysailer” trend when it was launched in the early 1990s. I took his latest entry in this growing genre—the Alerion Express 38—for a test sail in light air off Newport, Rhode Island.

Under Sail

The boat is designed to excel in light air, and my test sail proved it was up to the task.


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    Delphia 37

    by Tom Dove, Posted January 29, 2007

    Just when a seasoned boat reviewer thinks he’s seen all the possible variations among midsize cruising monohulls, along comes a vessel to jar him out of that notion. The Delphia 37 did that for me. The designer is unknown in America, the factory is in Poland, and the boat is a delight to sail.

    On DeckThe deck and cockpit will work nicely for daysailing,


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    SECTARIAN DIVIDE

    by Sail Staff, Posted January 25, 2007
    by Kimball Livingston

    Naval architect Bill Langan wants you to know: "This country needs an enlightened conversation about which rating rules work for what purpose, and why."

    Cool, but whenever I write about rating rules, first I take a deep breath, and I say a little prayer . . .

    A decision by leading New England clubs to create a 2007-season IRC/PHRF split at PHRF


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    Silent Driver

    by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2007
    The Tiller Trimmer is a simple self-steering device for tiller-steered boats. Mount it on your tiller, run a control line from one side of the cockpit to the other through the Tiller Trimmer, and you can lock the tiller in place by tightening the unit’s control knob. The device, made of N6 Nylon, has a ball-bearing Delrin sheave that evenly feeds the control line into the control knob, regardless
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    SAIL Magazine and the Boston Sailing Center come together to teach the rolling hitch, an essential sailing knot that is most often used to release an override on a winch

    Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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