PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • Employees Acquire Harken
    by Courtesy Of Harken on September 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Marine hardware manufacturer Harken, which is based in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, becomes an employee-owned company.

  • Skippering a boat for the first time: steps to success
    by Katy Stickland on September 18, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Skippering a boat for the first time needn't be daunting, as long as you prepare. Matthew Diggle reveals how to make a success of taking chargeNew skippers don't need to be at the helm, and giving crew tasks will keep them happy and motivated. Credit: Matthew DiggleSkippering a boat for the first time needn't be daunting, as long as you prepare. Matthew Diggle reveals how to make a success of taking charge The post Skippering a boat for the first time: steps to success appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Elan Impression 45.1 Boat Review
    by Mark Pillsbury on September 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    A boat review of the Elan Impression 45.1 sailboat.

  • Brewing Beer on a Boat
    by Birgit Hackl on September 16, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    How to brew beer aboard a cruising sailboat.

  • Nick of Time
    by Becca Guillote on September 16, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Cruisers turn racers in the biennial Van Isle 360 race around Vancouver Island.

  • Dustin Reynolds: One Arm, One Leg, All Heart
    by Todd Duff on September 16, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Dustin Reynolds has an ambitious goal—to become the first double amputee to sail around the world alone.

  • How to raft up safely and securely
    by Katy Stickland on September 15, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    James Stevens looks at the seamanship and etiquette needed to raft up and identifies the benefits and pitfalls of coming alongsideLong shore lines on all boats and clear foredecks and sidedecks. This is a textbook example of rafting on a tidal wall. Credit: Lester McCarthyJames Stevens looks at the seamanship and etiquette needed to raft up and identifies the benefits and pitfalls of coming alongside The post How to raft up safely and securely appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Stay Warm, Stay Safe
    by Darrell Nicholson on September 15, 2020 at 4:00 am

    About this time of year, sailors creeping southward are either accelerating their migration or looking for inexpensive ways to warm the cabin. You don't have to install an expensive, built-in heating system just to get you south of the Mason-Dixon line, but when opting for one of the less-expensive options, you do have to use commonsense. The post Stay Warm, Stay Safe appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Replacing a Sailboat Headstay
    by Green Brett on September 10, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    A step-by-step look at replacing the headstay and servicing the ProFurl jib furling gear on a classic cruising boat.

  • Expedition Set to Honor First Circumnavigator
    by Mark Pillsbury on September 10, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    To mark the 500th anniversary of the first round-the-world voyage completed by Juan Sebastian Elcano, Jimmy Cornell launched a new Outremer 4X catamaran to retrace the route.

  • Satellite Communications for Sailboats
    by David Schmidt on September 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Electronics review: a look at satellite phones and hotspots for sailboats.

  • Bargain-priced Sailing Clothes for Cold Weather
    by Darrell Nicholson on September 9, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    The first breath of autumn rolled across the North American continent this month, reminding us all that summer’s end is fast upon us. And since this summer was such a bust for many sailors who had the season cut short by the COVID-19 restrictions, you are probably not the only one who looked across the harbor last week and thought, “I better put on another layer.” The post Bargain-priced Sailing Clothes for Cold Weather appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Can you fix a jammed sheave without a rigger?
    by Katy Stickland on September 9, 2020 at 9:17 am

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. In this article, how confident would you be about fixing a jammed sheave?If your main halyard jammed, would you be confident to sail a long passage with just a headsail?Credit: David HardingJames Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. In this article, how confident would you be about fixing a jammed sheave? The post Can you fix a jammed sheave without a rigger? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • How to: moor a yacht alongside
    by Theo Stocker on September 6, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Promotional feature in association with GJW Direct. Mooring a boat alongside securely will make manoeuvring easier, protect the boat in strong weather and give you peace of mind, says Rubicon 3’s Bruce JacobsPromotional feature in association with GJW Direct. Mooring a boat alongside securely will make manoeuvring easier, protect the boat in strong weather and give you peace of mind, says Rubicon 3’s Bruce Jacobs The post How to: moor a yacht alongside appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Night sailing tips for first timers
    by Katy Stickland on September 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Cruising after dark doesn't need to be stressful. Toby Heppell shares his tops tips for night sailingSailing at night can be a magical experience. Credit: Paul WyethCruising after dark doesn't need to be stressful. Toby Heppell shares his tops tips for night sailing The post Night sailing tips for first timers appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Cocktails with Cruising World Featuring David Thoreson
    by Mark Pillsbury on September 2, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Photographer, sailor and Arctic explorer David Thoreson sits down with Cruising World editors Herb McCormick and Mark Pillsbury.

  • Stay Safe While Saving a Storm-damaged Boat
    by Darrell Nicholson on September 2, 2020 at 4:00 am

    When people are hurt and homes and precious possessions are destroyed or lost forever, a wrecked recreational sailboat seems wholly unimportant. But for many people, the boat is their home or is connected to their livelihood. In the coming days and weeks, more people will be returning to their vessels after Hurricane Laura and doing what they can to keep them safe. Boat owners should be aware of steps they can take to prevent further loss to their boats. And more importantly, they should be aware of the precautions they can take to keep themselves safe during the period when most storm-related injuries and deaths occur. The post Stay Safe While Saving a Storm-damaged Boat appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Singlehanded sailing for the first time
    by Katy Stickland on August 31, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Toby Heppell looks at the art of singlehanded sailing and considers what constitutes good seamanship when it’s only you on boardSailing alone gives you freedom to set off when you want, but requires a different approach. Credit: Richard Langdon/Ocean ImagesToby Heppell looks at the art of singlehanded sailing and considers what constitutes good seamanship when it’s only you on board The post Singlehanded sailing for the first time appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 Boat Review
    by Mark Pillsbury on August 28, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    A boat review of the Fountaine Pajot Elba 45.

  • Fun in the 2019 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
    by Jen Brett on August 28, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Since 1986, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, or ARC, has been a part of the transatlantic experience for sailors, and the destination—St. Lucia—the launching point for tropical cruising dreams.