Know-How

SAIL Magazine's Essential Sailing Knot: the Bowline

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 19, 2015
Whatever would the sailing world do without that most perfect of knots, the trusty bowline? In this video, the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin shows not one, not two but THREE different ways to tie this knot

Decommissioning Checklist

by Sail Staff, Posted October 25, 2006
By Charles MasonBefore you do anything else, compile a detailed list of all the projects that need to be done before the boat goes back in the water next year. Detail each item as carefully as possible and take photos and measurements of the project area so you can use them when ordering materials and in planning work sessions. Make this list when the boat either is still in

Rig check

by Charles Mason, Posted August 4, 2009
Your mast is back in the boat—or it may have been there all winter—the shrouds are tuned, the engine is checked, and all the battens are in the sails. You are ready for your first sail of the season. Without doubt, many boatowners follow this path, but if you’re one of them, be ready to act quickly if a piece of gear holding the mast suddenly fails and the rig begins to

Vavuud Wind Meter

by SAIL Editors, Posted June 20, 2014
The Vaavud wind meter (currently being distributed in North America by Ronstan) is both accurate and truly pocket-friendly, with a compact two-cup durable plastic rotor and low friction PTFE bearings.
In this video the Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin looks at two well-known and extremely important knots: one of which serves to join two lines, and one of which most definitely NOT (although many people do in fact use it for this purpose).

Keeping Connected: Communications for Cruisers

by Sail Staff, Posted November 13, 2007
The rapid evolution of communications technology in the last decade has meant that more of us are able to keep in range of a regular cell phone. We asked many of the entrants in the 2006 ARC transatlantic rally how they planned to stay in contact with those back home and received a variety of answers. Here we describe what systems were chosen and why, and explain some of the

First aid kit

by Sail Staff, Posted August 24, 2009
Few sensible sailors would consider setting out without some form of first-aid kit on board. Scraped knees, cuts, bruises, and bumped toes are all part of the sailing experience—everyone suffers them at some time or other. Being able to deal with these appropriately makes them minor annoyances rather than life-threatening emergencies. Of course, don’t be slow to call for help
When we arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, after a year of cruising, I knew we had work to do. While we had kept up with the necessary (read: constant) maintenance on our 45-year-old Bill Tripp yawl Papillon during our first year aboard, now it was finally time for some major upgrades.
When the going gets tough is when it’s most fun to steer
The Boston Sailing Center’s Francois Asselin take a look at the clove hitch, the two different ways it can be tied and its many uses. These include securing a coil to a lifeline, or attaching a mooring line to a bollard or piling.   
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