2005 Boating Writers International Awards

by Sail Staff, Posted March 17, 2006
Six SAIL and BoatWorks writers were recognized for excellence in journalism at the recent Boating Writers International annual award ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show in Florida. In the 13th year of the contest, awards were given in 14 categories for “excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle through entertaining, educational, and inspiring
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Going Soft

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
Walker Bay’s rigid polypropylene dinghies are a common sight around the country’s waterways and coastlines, where they’re used as sailboat tenders and fun boats. Now the company hopes its attractive new inflatables will meet with the same success. Its Genesis line of RIBs have light but strong plastic hulls and either PVC or Hypalon removable tubes; some of them have folding transoms for easier
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Power at the Push of a Button

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
Labor-saving devices like headsail and mainsail furlers and powered anchor windlasses have become commonplace on sailboats as small as 30 feet, so it’s not surprising that the quest for an easier life is extending even further. Powered sheet winches have long been the rage on cruising boats of 50 feet and up, but this technology too has filtered downward. Lewmar’s L34 lays claim to being the
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Furler with a Box

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
Facnor says that lessons it has learned installing custom gear on top ocean-racing boats have been applied to its new headsail furlers for boats from 20 to 90 feet. The LX has a “bearing box” at the drum and head swivels, each containing two polymer bearings that reportedly spread loads evenly. A rotating tack fitting allows the furler drum and head to turn before the twin-groove luff extrusion,
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Cockpit Storage Solution

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
There’s a recurring theme with modern sailboats (and many not-so-modern ones)—a lack of stowage around the cockpit for those small items that are part and parcel of the sailing life: sunglasses, paperbacks, sunscreen, candy bars, winch handles, odd lengths of string, cruising guides, and so on. The Dutch-made Blue Performance line of sailboat accessories addresses this problem and many others.
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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