Weather Alerter

by Sail Staff, Posted November 4, 2005
The clever little AM/FM LINgo Weather Alert radio automatically scans the seven NOAA weather radio channels and broadcasts local weather information and alerts, even when it’s switched off. It will store all NOAA broadcasts too, as well as displaying warnings on its LCD screen. As if that’s not enough, the maker has built in some gadgets for you to fiddle with in between forecasts—there’s a
Cruising Tips This month: tethers, fouled props, halyard retrieval, and chicken gybes


Treble tetherIn the 2002 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), one of two brothers sailing a 50-foot boat fell overboard while working on the foredeck. He was clipped on to a jackline, but his brother could not get him back on board and he drowned. I thought about this incident, and

Cruising Tips This month: Hurricane precautions, anchor handling

Hurricane Prep

Planning shoreside precautions Hurricane-force winds (over 64 knots, or 74 mph) and the resulting storm surge are serious business. If your boat is in an area that might see hurricane conditions, you need to know what action to take.

If possible, get the boat out of the water and remove


Hurricane Katrina Junior Sailors' Exchange

by Sail Staff, Posted October 27, 2005
Now online: an Exchange where young sailors who have lost gear and opportunities in the recent hurricanes can post requests for boats, gear or summer camp place donations.

Clubs and individuals can offer their help.

The web site organizers note that KSE is a relief site where gear and sailing opportunities should be donated. It is not a place to sell gear or look for a coach



by Sail Staff, Posted October 27, 2005
October 27, 2005

While South Florida was scrambling to prepare for Hurricane Wilma, and then to recover from the hit, the hard working sailors of the Gulf Coast were getting themselves back on the water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In some cases, they've been sailing for weeks, and in all cases, they are sailing in spite of huge challenges.

Mobile Yacht Club Commodore James Green


Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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