PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • Skippers’ Tips: Clever waypoints & rigging fatigue
    by Katy Stickland on April 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Seasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailorSeasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor The post Skippers’ Tips: Clever waypoints & rigging fatigue appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Selling Your Boat in Australia
    by Robin Urquhart on April 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    How to Considering selling your boat in Australia after cruising the Pacific? Familiarize yourself with the red tape first. Familiarizing yourself ahead of time with the red tape of selling a boat in Australia will ensure a smooth transaction. […]

  • People and Food: Seared Sweet-Potato "Fries"
    by Colleen Ellison Wareing on April 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    How to A savory, spicy snack. Making an experimental spicy, savory treat with some items lying around our Hunter 31. […]

  • How would you tackle this windward berth?
    by Katy Stickland on April 16, 2019 at 11:28 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, with no working bow thruster what is the best way to get into a windward berth?With high mountains inland, the offshore wind made this pontoon berth particularly tricky James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, with no working bow thruster what is the best way to get into a windward berth? The post How would you tackle this windward berth? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • ‘What time is high water?’
    by Katy Stickland on April 12, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Mark Browse investigates why tidal times vary depending 
on the data source you consult, and which you should trustA few centimetres may not be much, but do you know how accurate your predictions are?Credit: AlamyMark Browse investigates why tidal times vary depending 
on the data source you consult, and which you should trust The post ‘What time is high water?’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Standing Rigging Inspection
    by Ralph Naranjo on April 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    How to How to inspect and monitor your spar and its fittings to keep the rig safe, stout and perpendicular. Here’s how to inspect and monitor your spar and its fittings to keep the rig safe, stout and perpendicular. […]

  • Sweat, Tears and Fiberglass
    by Jordan Wicht on April 10, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    How to A refit of an old sailboat brings a couple to the limits of their sanity and finances. A young couple wraps up an arduous three-year refit of their 1963 Allied Seawind 30. […]

  • “We watched as the mast and sails fell into the water”
    by Katy Stickland on April 8, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Alejandro Perez describes the moment when ARC yacht Garuda was dismasted 600 miles from landGaruda safely alongside in St Lucia, but without a mastAlejandro Perez describes the moment when ARC yacht Garuda was dismasted 600 miles from land The post “We watched as the mast and sails fell into the water” appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Baker Aboard
    by Suzanne Wentley on April 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    How to "The fact that he bakes on a 1992 Italian-built sailboat with a propane tank that requires a constant eye and no watermaker only adds to the mystique of the final product." Baker Ed Buffkin crafts extraordinary breads in the humble galley of his 30-foot sloop. […]

  • If you have radar, would you set sail in fog?
    by Katy Stickland on April 3, 2019 at 8:19 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, is radar enough for a foggy Channel crossing?Fog rolls in over Castle Cornet, Guernsey – a common occurrence in the Channel Islands. Credit: AlamyJames Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, is radar enough for a foggy Channel crossing? The post If you have radar, would you set sail in fog? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Taking Better Underwater Photos
    by Robin Wright on March 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    How to Try these tips to capture great shots of sea life. Try these tips and techniques to capture great shots of sea life during your cruising adventure. […]

  • Monthly Maintenance: Five Common Electrical Failures
    by Steve D'Antonio on March 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    How to Sooner or later, electrical issues on boats are a certainty. Here's how to address the five most common examples. A marine systems expert goes through the five most common electrical issues that he sees on sailboats. […]

  • Skippers’ Tips: winterising halyards, integrating AIS & foolproof berthing
    by Katy Stickland on March 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Seasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailorCredit: Graham Snook PhotographySeasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor The post Skippers’ Tips: winterising halyards, integrating AIS & foolproof berthing appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Cabin Upgrade
    by Roger Hughes on March 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    How to A do-it-yourselfer creates valuable storage room by updating what could only be called a flawed bunk and cabin design. A do-it-yourselfer creates valuable storage space and a more comfortable bunk by updating a flawed cabin design. […]

  • Why twin keels are making a comeback
    by Theo Stocker on March 20, 2019 at 10:52 am

    French boat builders are leading the way with versatile new twin keel boats. Theo Stocker went to discover the appeal and how to dry out in styleThere are a significant number of sailors who prefer boats that can take the groundFrench boat builders are leading the way with versatile new twin keel boats. Theo Stocker went to discover the appeal and how to dry out in style The post Why twin keels are making a comeback appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Cruising Club of America’s 2018 Award Winners
    by jwilliams on March 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    How to Cruising World contributors Ellen and Seth Leonard are among those honored at a ceremony in New York on March 1, 2019. On March 1, 2019, the Cruising Club of America presented the international organization’s prestigious awards, including the new Young Voyager Award, at their annua […]

  • 2019 Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminar
    by The Editors on February 28, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    How to Ken Read, John Kretschmer and Steve D’Antonio are among the presenters at the 40th annual Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminar, March 30-31. Space is still available in the Advanced Cruising track. The 40th annual Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminar will take place on March 30-31, 2019. […]

  • How to sail Biscay: 3 ways to tackle the milestone
    by Will Bruton on February 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Beyond Biscay is a diverse coastal cruising ground and the route to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Will Bruton reveals the best ways to cross this notorious rite of passageConquering Biscay is truly a rite of passage. Credit: Tor JohnsonBeyond Biscay is a diverse coastal cruising ground and the route to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Will Bruton reveals the best ways to cross this notorious rite of passage The post How to sail Biscay: 3 ways to tackle the milestone appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Skippers’ Tips: red diesel, radio checks & lobster pots
    by Katy Stickland on February 15, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Seasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailorSeasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor The post Skippers’ Tips: red diesel, radio checks & lobster pots appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Is this injury serious enough for a Mayday?
    by Katy Stickland on January 28, 2019 at 10:44 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, does a head injury onboard warrant issuing a MaydayIt is worth taking an RYA first aid course to learn when a Mayday might be necessary. Credit: Alan Dop / Alamy Stock PhotoJames Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, does a head injury onboard warrant issuing a Mayday The post Is this injury serious enough for a Mayday? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]