by Peter Nielsen

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

When pushed, even sailmakers will admit that, more than fancy new sails, a low-drag prop is the most effective way to improve a cruising boat’s performance.
See some of the new Multihulls from established and new builders. 
Have you ever wondered what brands and models are the most popular bluewater cruising boats? So have we, so we plundered the archives of the World Cruising Club to see which boats have featured most prominently in the last five years of the rallies that the WCC organizes—the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from the Canary Islands to St Lucia; the Caribbean 1500 from Portsmouth, Virginia to Tortola, BVI; the ARC Europe, from Tortola and Portsmouth to Portugal via Bermuda and the Azores; and the World ARC, a biennial circumnavigation.
Cruising boat design has changed so much over the last decade that even boats targeted at family sailing now claim to be “performance” cruisers. Inevitably, though, boats still lean toward one end or the other of the performance/comfort spectrum, a balancing act that is well illustrated by a pair of new boats from two adjoining countries on the Adriatic Sea.
In a rare unguarded moment this summer, while discussing the cost of boat ownership, I recounted aloud the full cost of keeping a 34-foot sailboat on the water in my part of New England. My position in this debate was that boat ownership was more affordable than most people think, and I still reckon it can be.
I distinctly remember the first time I ever sailed a cruising multihull. It was a gray summer morning on England’s south coast, and a frigid 25-knot easterly was putting the boot into a fast-running east-going tide, kicking up walls of water that clashed and fell in all directions.

A Tale of Two Props

by Peter Nielsen, Posted October 24, 2013
Although I have sailed boats fitted with every conceivable make of folding or feathering propeller, I have long-term experience of only three. When we acquired our 1973 Norlin 34, it was equipped with a vintage two-bladed Martec Geartec folding propeller. 

Annapolis Boat Show 2013

by Peter Nielsen, Posted October 23, 2013
SAIL Magazine Editor Peter Nielsen tracks down the new boats at the Annapolis show

Showtime in La Rochelle

by Peter Nielsen, Posted October 22, 2013
No one loves sailing the way the French love sailing. Theirs is an idiosyncratic maritime culture that’s bred some of the best sailors on the planet and some of the coolest boats too.

Baring It

by Peter Nielsen, Posted October 22, 2013
“You must never forget that you are in the Caribbean while your friends and family are freezing their behinds off back home, and you therefore owe it to them to enjoy all aspects of the Caribbean lifestyle”
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