Boatworks

Wireless Resources

by Sail Staff, Posted November 5, 2004
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Wireless technology is constatantly evolving and improving. To keep abreast of the latest developments log on to the following sites:

www.BandG.com; B&G’s site has information about the company’s RemoteVision wireless system that can control and monitor various electronic systems wirelessly


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Boat Reviews

Catalina 387

by Kimball Livingston, Posted October 12, 2004
To get yourself from any Southern California harbor to Catalina Island, you're typically going to set full sail in a moderate breeze. Half a day later you'll moor in a sunny lee where you will hang out and probably socialize boat-to-boat for a few days before reaching back home to your freeway connection.

That's the classic Southern California cruise weekend, and a lot of the world cruises or


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Safety

Stability is the Key

by Dave Gerr, Posted October 10, 2004

For multihulls, there are four important indicators of performance and stability: the Bruce Number; the Real Performance Index; the Stability Number; and the Stability Factor.

Bruce Number

Bruce Number is another form of the sail area-displacement ratio (a power-to-weight ratio). It shows how much sail area relative to displacement (weight) a boat has, but tells nothing about a


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Boat Reviews

Hanse 531

by Duncan Kent, Posted October 8, 2004
Hanse Yachts in Greifswald, in eastern Germany, was little heard of until the 1990s, when reunification allowed the yard to break into the worldwide production-boat market. Hanse has built fast cruising boats from 31 to 41 feet and recently launched its largest model, the 53-foot 531 that I tested off Cannes, France, this summer.

On Deck

The 531's deck layout is


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The Winged World of C Cats

by Sail Staff, Posted September 28, 2004
You would be forgiven for mistaking a room full of C Class catamaran sailors for aeronautical engineers. In some cases they are. The native C Cat speaker talks about Reynolds numbers, induced drag, camber, and angle of attack. They spew numbers and theories and formulas for speed.

The fraternity of international C Cat sailors spent much of September at Bristol Marine in Rhode Island. They


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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