by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015Take good care of your lines, and your lines will take good care of you. In this video, the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin shows the correct and easiest way to coil a line so it will be ready to run when needed.
by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at the construction and uses of that saltiest of knots, the rolling hitch. In particular, Francois explains how this knot can be used to help untangle even the worst winch override.
by Sail Staff, Posted August 21, 2008"You're not carrying any paper charts?" is a question I've heard at all the exotic landfalls and cruiser's hangouts I've visited during my circumnavigation. Many cruisers, it seems, aren't quite ready to fully trust their electronic chartplotters. While almost all cruisers, other than a few diehards, do have plotters on board, they also carry enough paper charts and tools for measuring and
by Ian Nicholson, Posted August 21, 2008Windage and drag are two of a racing sailboat’s worst enemies, especially around a sail’s leech. Many racers eschew in situ reefing lines until it’s absolutely necessary to reef. (Some cruisers also don’t use reefing lines, as they can chafe sailcloth.) The risk is that you can get caught out if you’re not careful. A smarter, faster way to reef without leaving reefing lines in