Cruising Grounds

Central America Cruising

by Mike and Robin Stout, Posted January 12, 2015

Cruisers call it the “forgotten coast,” both because it’s off the beaten track that leads to the islands of the South Pacific and because coastal cruisers rarely make it further south than Mexico. For many, the Pacific coast of Central America conjures up visions of corrupt governments and guerilla warfare, but for others it means palm trees and pristine beaches.


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Electronics+Navigations

Garmin’s GNX 20 and 21 instruments

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 9, 2015

Garmin’s GNX 20 and 21 instruments allow trimmers, drivers and navigators to get all the information they want, when they want it, no matter what the conditions. Measuring 4in across, the glass-bonded, monochrome displays feature over 50 different vessel parameters, including depth, wind, speed, course over ground, distance to waypoint and other navigational data.


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Boats & Gear

Best Anchoring Practices for your Catamaran

by Rick Williams, Posted January 9, 2015

The anchoring technique we developed doesn’t differ much from that used on a monohull. We choose a spot with good protection and adequate swinging room, and then deploy the anchor as Dragonfly is moving slowly in reverse. Usually Cindy is on the bow, and I am at the helm. I call out the depths so she will know how much rode to run out.


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Volvo Ocean Race

It’s been more of the same for the six remaining boats in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race fleet during the early stages of Leg 3: painfully light winds for the first 72 hours after the January 3 re-start in Abu Dhabi followed by yet more nail-bitingly close competition.


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Racing News

IMOCA 60 class has Adopted the Dynamic Stability Systems

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 6, 2015

The IMOCA 60 class has long been a hotbed for design innovation, from canting keels to water ballasting to carbon-fiber hulls and spars.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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