Gear and Reviews

New Gear - September 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 22, 2006
SensiBulb The maker of the SensiBulb boast that it has the warm color, intensity, and beam width of a 10-watt halogen—“close enough” in my testing—plus the cool operation, low draw, and long life of an LED. The basic $40 “bulb” fits as is into most dome lights, and accessories enable retrofitting to many reading lamps. Typical current usage of .14 amp can be reduced to .025 amp by
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Charter

Sail Away - July 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 22, 2006

Charter a Passage

I think it’s fair to say that a significant difference between finding a passagemaking opportunity through a course or membership group (see page 60) and going the crewed-charter route is the wealth of options offered by the worldwide fleet of crewed boats. These have to do primarily with the size of the boat (from around 40 feet on up, and up some
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Charter

Sail Away - September 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 22, 2006

Should You Insure Your Trip?

Your charter company can and will go to great lengths to ensure that your sailing vacation is all you hoped it would be, but no charter company can ensure that you and/or your crew will not be subject to the slings and arrows of life. Nor, of course, can an insurance company. But travel insurance can make sure that you don’t pay extra for
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Charter

Sail Away - August 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 22, 2006

Stormy Weather

If you choose to sail in the Caribbean in the summer, especially in the month of August, you could—not inevitably, to be sure—find yourself somewhere along the track of a hurricane. Then what? I talked with Tim Johnson of TMM and Sylvia Driver of Horizon Yacht Charters to find out.

PERSONAL SAFETY You won’t be “caught” by a sudden hurricane; hurricanes


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Gear and Reviews

New Gear - August 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 21, 2006
Wish for FishNothing tastes as good as a fish you’ve caught yourself. Trouble is, fishing from a sailboat can be a hit-or-miss affair—in my case, usually miss. Lure maker Darrell Primrose says that’s because sailboats typically don’t go fast enough to make big lures work properly. He reckons his $59 Sailboaters Combo Rig, which includes some handy hints on techniques along with a
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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