Pond Life

by Sail Staff, Posted April 23, 2005
The world of model sailing is as big as the world of sailing itself. Some people get into models for the aesthetic allure of the classics. Some people are born tinkerers; others get in for the competition or to drill on tactics. Others just want the socializing. Competitive, radio-controlled sailing is the mainstay of model sailing. For a few hundred bucks you can buy an
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Daysailers to Die For

by Sail Staff, Posted April 22, 2005
First you have to sail a little boat. When you’re learning to sail, small boats teach you by reacting instantly to every puff, wave, sail adjustment, and turn of the tiller. They take you close to the water and evoke a range of responses; they can relax, thrill, scare, or addict you. Many sailors move to (or even begin with) more stable keelboats and never look back. But some never leave small
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SURFERS TO THE LEFT, SURFERS TO THE RIGHT

by Sail Staff, Posted April 16, 2005
                                                                        
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Boat Reviews

TomCat 9.7

by Tom Dove, Posted March 29, 2005
The TomCat 9.7 was a splendid surprise at the Annapolis boat show. Walking through, I checked off my key points for a 32-foot cruising cat. Marina-friendly beam—check; twin four-stroke outboards—check; open interior space—check; shoal draft—check; neat construction—check.

During my test sail, I found that the solutions Ted Strain has implemented to maximize interior space and sailing


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Boat Reviews

J/100

by , Posted March 29, 2005

As first impressions go, J/100 hull number two stood out in fine company moored off the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court facility in Newport, Rhode Island. From shore I sized up the boat lying still at her mooring—plumb bow, clean and simple deck, wide-open cockpit, narrow blue hull, and rakish lines. But how would this new daysailer go? The boat's prime harbor


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SAIL Magazine and the Boston Sailing Center come together to teach the rolling hitch, an essential sailing knot that is most often used to release an override on a winch

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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