by Peter Nielsen

Peter Nielsen is SAIL’s Editor-in-Chief.

Boat Review: Salona 44

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 30, 2014
Europe’s Adriatic coastline is not only one of the world’s most attractive cruising grounds, it’s home to some good boatbuilders, too. The latest of these to turn its attention to the U.S. market is Croatia’s Salona Yachts. 
Why are so many cruising sailors scared of spinnakers? Today’s cruising A-sails are so forgiving and easy to deal with that there’s really no excuse for not having one on board.
The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” is all too true where boats are concerned, and some of the systems that are out of sight on a typical sailboat can really ruin your day—or your season. Take the exhaust mixing elbow, for example—and give yourself a pat on the back for actually knowing what it is.
There’s no holding back these multihull designers and builders. New designs are proliferating. Here are just a few of the latest.
One day I discovered the romantically named Belt Tension Jack. Suddenly belt tensioning not only lost all its emotional tension, it even acquired a certain elegance.

Furl that Genoa!

by Peter Nielsen, Posted July 10, 2014
There are two reasons for leaving a scrap of genoa unfurled when you’re not sailing.
In the ranks of dedicated bluewater boats, a few names crop up time and again that are synonymous with solid construction, reliable engineering and good seakeeping. One of those names is Hylas, whose stable of cruisers, from first Sparkman & Stephens and latterly Germán Frers, have an enviable pedigree. 
SAIL Magazine's Editor Peter Nielsen offers an opinion on the matter of compulsory lifejacket use...
  Hobie was one of those true pioneers who brought sailing to the masses. Rest easy, dude.
When you dream about sailing off to far-flung destinations, do you picture tropical islands, palm trees nodding in a balmy trade wind, clouds brilliant white against an azure sky?
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