PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • Bird Deterrents for Sailboats
    by Roger Hughes on November 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    How to Frustrated by the mess left behind on his boat's deck by the daily avian assault, this sailor tried out a range of products to keep birds away. This do-it-yourselfer tried a range of products to keep birds away from his boat. […]

  • Choosing a Generator for Your Sailboat
    by Ed Sherman on November 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    How to Things to consider before adding a genset to your cruising boat. Size, capacity and installation location are just a few things to consider before adding a generator to a cruising sailboat. […]

  • Modern Sailboat Navigation Stations
    by Tim Murphy on November 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    How to No longer just a place for paper charts, the nav station is now a mobile office space. As paper charts give way to electronic chart plotters, today's boatbuilders are designing ever more creative nav stations and office spaces. […]

  • Making Coffee Aboard
    by Lynda Morris Childress on November 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    How to For most sailors, good coffee is as important as good rum. Here are the ways CW readers brew a superior cup of joe on board. From French press to a handheld espresso maker, here are CW readers' favorite ways to brew coffee aboard a sailboat. […]

  • Dinghy Drama
    by Tom Dymond on October 25, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    How to What happens when you're cruising on a tight budget and your inflatable dinghy loses its bottom? You improvise! UV rays take their toll on an inflatable tender's bottom, and a tenacious crew works to figure out a solution. […]

  • ‘We hit a 
lobster pot on 
a lee shore’
    by Katy Stickland on October 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Steve Bowen finds himself in a serious tangle 
with a lobster pot in UK watersUnder sail before hitting a pot and getting in a serious tangleSteve Bowen finds himself in a serious tangle 
with a lobster pot in UK waters The post ‘We hit a 
lobster pot on 
a lee shore’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • People and Food: Homemade Red Sauce Recipe
    by Michael Robertson on October 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    How to Look no further for an easy and delicious pasta sauce that you can make in the galley. A recipe for an easy homemade pasta sauce to make in the galley. […]

  • Windvane steering: why it makes sense for coastal cruising
    by Will Bruton on October 15, 2018 at 8:23 am

    No electricity needed, built for gale-force conditions and currently experiencing 
something of a renaissance amongst 
cruisers; windvane self-steering makes sense for coastal cruisers as much as 
offshore voyagers. Will Bruton took 
an in depth look at the options 
and how they work.No electricity needed and built for gale-force conditions; windvane self-steering makes sense for coastal cruisers as much as 
offshore voyagers. The post Windvane steering: why it makes sense for coastal cruising appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Checking Shift and Throttle Cables
    by Steve D'Antonio on October 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    How to Keeping these cruicial mechanisms in good working order will ensure that your boat's steering works when you need it. Keeping shift and throttle cables in good working order will ensure that your boat's steering works when you need it. […]

  • What you 
really need to sail offshore
    by Will Bruton on October 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Will Bruton finds out what coastal cruisers should consider before taking their small yacht on an offshore adventureSmall yachts rely heavily on sail power alone, making for a fulfilling or potentially frustrating experience. Credit: JK MaxiWill Bruton finds out what coastal cruisers should consider before taking their small yacht on an offshore adventure The post What you 
really need to sail offshore appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Pacific Boatyards
    by Heather Francis on October 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    How to Extend your South Pacific cruising by hauling out for cyclone season in the islands. During several seasons of cruising the South Pacific, these sailors had good luck hauling their sailboat out in Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. […]

  • A tricky mooring
    by Will Bruton on October 1, 2018 at 11:45 am

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - how to moor between two piles in tricky conditionsPile moorings are all about preparing lines in advance that can be easily adjustedJames Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - how to moor between two piles in tricky conditions The post A tricky mooring appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Pacific Passage Planning
    by Alvah Simon on September 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    How to A veteran voyager shares route information and tips for sailing across the Pacific Ocean. Route planning, expected weather patterns, tips and resources for planning a sail across the Pacific Ocean. […]

  • ‘What I learned from a dismasting in Antarctica’
    by Will Bruton on September 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Veteran polar sailor and mountaineer Bob Shepton reflects on losing his rig while sailing with a crew of school leavers in the Drake PassageBob and his crew managed to recover much of the mast and riggingVeteran polar sailor and mountaineer Bob Shepton reflects on losing his rig while sailing with a crew of school leavers in the Drake Passage The post ‘What I learned from a dismasting in Antarctica’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Shall we leave now, later, or not at all?
    by Will Bruton on September 19, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - when is the best time to leave port when faced with a strong tidal stream and overfalls?James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - when is the best time to leave port when faced with a strong tidal stream and overfalls? The post Shall we leave now, later, or not at all? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Recovering a Hurricane Damaged Boat
    by BoatUS on September 18, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    How to Five tips from our friends at BoatUS for dealing with a storm-damaged boat. Tips from BoatUS for recovering a boat that was damaged in a hurricane. […]

  • How do we find our way without a plotter?
    by Will Bruton on August 28, 2018 at 9:23 am

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - when his GPS plotter packs up, Pete has to rely on the time old strategy of aim to missDuring his passage, Pete must avoid numerous hazards in the North Sea. Credit: AlamyJames Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - when his GPS plotter packs up, Pete has to rely on the time old strategy of aim to miss The post How do we find our way without a plotter? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • A man has gone overboard, what do we do?
    by Will Bruton on August 17, 2018 at 8:27 am

    James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - Geoff is sailing at night with an inexperienced crew when he hears the call 'man overboard'James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship. This issue - Geoff is sailing at night with an inexperienced crew when he hears the call 'man overboard' The post A man has gone overboard, what do we do? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • 6 tips to make sailing easier on yourself
    by Katy Stickland on August 1, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Duncan Kent investigates many ways a yacht owner can make life that little bit simplerCredit: Graham Snook/Yachting MonthlyDuncan Kent investigates many ways a yacht owner can make life that little bit simpler The post 6 tips to make sailing easier on yourself appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • ‘We should have turned back when the storm hit’
    by Katy Stickland on July 29, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Adam Dunlop and his wife Maria learned a few 
hard lessons when their engine started to struggle 
mid-Channel in worse conditions than forecastAdam Dunlop and his wife Maria learned a few 
hard lessons when their engine started to struggle 
mid-Channel in worse conditions than forecast The post ‘We should have turned back when the storm hit’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]