by Peter Nielsen

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

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?
When it’s January in Germany, all roads lead to Düsseldorf. At least they do if you’re a boat person. You can look over a hundred-foot motoryacht that’s been plucked from the nearby Rhine river, paddle a canoe on an intricately landscaped mock river, cast a fly on an alpine stream, get rescued from an overturned Opti on a manmade lake, outfit yourself in bargain-basement foulweather gear or put a deposit on a new sailboat—all without stepping outdoors and all before your lunchtime bowl of goulash.
Just like life ashore, the modern cruising life comes with its share of encumbrances, a.k.a. essentials. Navigation and communications devices have antennas that must be placed somewhere...
Boatbuilding giant Groupe Beneteau has embarked on the development of a wingsail that it hopes will soon become a viable option on its production boats. A wingsail on a free-standing mast has already been installed on a Sense 43...
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