Boatworks

Switched On

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
A boat’s engine-cranking and domestic batteries are on separate circuits so that the starting battery isn’t accidentally drained, but you need to be able to combine the power from both batteries to help start a reluctant engine. Usually this means installing either three single switches or a four-position (off, 1, 2, both) selector switch; either way, it’s all too easy to leave the switch in the
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Boatworks

Chock Full

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
Having seen a sharp-edged bow chock nearly saw through a mooring line during a fall northeaster, I’ve begun to take an interest in these unglamorous—but important—items of deck hardware. Schaefer’s new line of stainless chocks have deep, wide openings with gently rounded jaws that will be easy on dock lines and are big enough to handle chafe gear. They also have hidden fasteners for a neat
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Pittman Innovation Awards

2005 FKP Awards

by Sail Staff, Posted December 19, 2005

As SAIL's enthusiastic and knowledgeable technical editor, Freeman K. Pittman was one of the those people who left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He's remembered by many in the industry as a true connoisseur of excellence and a keen student of technical innovation in sailing equipment. Freeman passed away in 1996, and since then SAIL has worked to keep his memory alive by seeking out


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The Elves of Cape Town

by Sail Staff, Posted December 13, 2005

Think the elves at the North Pole are busy? Picture the sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race on countdown. Their second inshore race runs December 26, and the long leg through the Southern Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne, Australia—probably two weeks at sea—goes off on January 2. Leg one was quite a fracas, and the boats will still be largely


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We Have A Winner

by Sail Staff, Posted December 9, 2005
We have a winnerIn response to SAIL’s Hunter 216 Giveaway Contest, we received roughly 1,000 entries that answered the broad question “What would you do if you won a Hunter 216?” The submissions ranged from pleas to upgrade entrants’ existing boats to odes to deserving friends or family to a number of thoughtful plans to share the boat with others. SAIL and Hunter Marine selected a
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Adil Khalid on his Second VOR

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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