Excerpted from John Rousmaniere's new book, published by Mystic Seaport and the Cruising Club of America. Available from the Mystic Seaport Bookstore

1972: THE YEAR OF THE GALE

What everybody who sailed the roughest of all Bermuda Races remembered best was the true thrash, if not


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Boat Handling Going sideways (January 2006)

It's no secret that bow thrusters are a big help when you're maneuvering in close quarters, which is why they are becoming common on boats in the 40-foot range. One reason for this popularity is that the units themselves have gotten better. But it's also true that freeboards are getting higher and many of us either are getting older or are sailing with


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Safety

Stanchion safety

by Don Casey, Posted February 7, 2006
Stanchion Safety (January 2006)

When 200 pounds of force is applied to the top of a 30-inch stanchion, as much as 3 tons of pull can be exerted on the stanchion's base. That is more than enough to rip poorly mounted bolts up through the deck. Make sure all stanchion bases have oversized metal backing plates (not just shoulder washers), and check all the bases periodically for


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Advantages of Distributed Power Systems

by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2006
‘Smart’ Circuit Breakers

The remotely operated switches in a distributed power system use electronic circuit breakers (ECBs). Current practice is to cluster several electronic circuit breakers in what I will call a Power Distribution Module, or PDM. The PDM is connected to the boat’s main two-wire bus, and then the individual circuits in one area of the boat (such as the lighting circuits


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Gear and Reviews

New Gear - January 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted January 31, 2006
Click here for the 2006 FKP Gear Awards from the February issue

Dog Saver

Hoisting a wet and wriggling dog onto a boat is no joke. This nifty canine boat ladder from Paws Aboard not only lets Fido get himself aboard after a cooling swim, it gives him a chance to shake himself dry before he reaches the cockpit. Measuring 16


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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