PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Mark Slats
    by Katy Stickland on September 17, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Golden Globe Race skippers share their experiences of ocean storms, providing lessons for all of us about how to cope with heavy weatherMark Slats battles the elements in the Southern Ocean from the cockpit of his Rustler 36. Credit: Mark Slats/PPL/GGRGolden Globe Race skippers share their experiences of ocean storms, providing lessons for all of us about how to cope with heavy weather The post Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Mark Slats appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • 8 tips for digital navigation
    by Katy Stickland on September 3, 2019 at 10:47 am

    As with all aspects of navigation, following ‘best practice’ is the surest way to make sure you are passage planning in a seamanlike manner, says Bruce JacobsonAs with all aspects of navigation, following ‘best practice’ is the surest way to make sure you are passage planning in a seamanlike manner, says Bruce Jacobson The post 8 tips for digital navigation appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Running out of fuel up a narrow tidal river
    by Katy Stickland on August 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what would you do if you ran out of fuel in a busy, tidal river?It’s easy to count on your engine when entering busy harbours, but what would you do if your engine cut out at a critical moment?James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what would you do if you ran out of fuel in a busy, tidal river? The post Running out of fuel up a narrow tidal river appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • How much anchor chain?
    by Katy Stickland on August 26, 2019 at 10:22 am

    When it comes to putting out anchor chain, most of us follow a basic ratio rule of thumb, but we should be taking wind and tide into account, argues Christopher Smith A busy anchorage clearly requires you to reduce your swinging circle by using less chain than you might otherwise use, but how do you know you won't drag?When it comes to putting out anchor chain, most of us follow a basic ratio rule of thumb, but we should be taking wind and tide into account, argues Christopher Smith The post How much anchor chain? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Are Wiig
    by Katy Stickland on August 6, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Golden Globe Race skippers share their experiences of ocean storms, providing lessons for all of us about how to cope with heavy weatherOlleanna was the smallest boat in the Golden Globe Race fleet. Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGRGolden Globe Race skippers share their experiences of ocean storms, providing lessons for all of us about how to cope with heavy weather The post Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Are Wiig appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Calamity strikes and a lee shore looms
    by Katy Stickland on August 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship. This month, what would you do in a Force 7 with no sail, no engine, no anchor and no radio and a looming lee shore?Credit: David HardingJames Stevens answers your questions of seamanship. This month, what would you do in a Force 7 with no sail, no engine, no anchor and no radio? The post Calamity strikes and a lee shore looms appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Why triangular cruises work best
    by Katy Stickland on July 29, 2019 at 9:40 am

    A simple out-and-back cruise might seem the obvious option but triangular cruising offers increased flexibility should 
the weather turn. Dag Pike explains how it worksA cruise of several days may start out in pleasant weather but that can change. Having a plan to return easily is a good idea. Credit: Peter CumberlidgeA simple out-and-back cruise might seem the obvious option but triangular cruising offers increased flexibility should 
the weather turn. Dag Pike explains how it works The post Why triangular cruises work best appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Skippers’ Tips: Anchor watching, foolproof fendering & sailing with children
    by Katy Stickland on July 23, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Seasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailorCredit: Graham SnookSeasoned skippers and Yachting Monthly experts give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor The post Skippers’ Tips: Anchor watching, foolproof fendering & sailing with children appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • A rough night alongside a harbour wall
    by Katy Stickland on July 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what would you do if you arrived in a harbour with a full gale blowing onshore?James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what would you do if you arrived in a harbour with a full gale blowing onshore? The post A rough night alongside a harbour wall appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • A wild night in a katabatic on the Jurassic Coast
    by Katy Stickland on June 28, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Ken Endean finds that fine weather can turn violent after darkDuring the night, cold air from the land slid down the slop and reversed the breeze. Note the 'bounce' where the cold, misty air stream hits the waterKen Endean finds that fine weather can turn violent after dark The post A wild night in a katabatic on the Jurassic Coast appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Classic Plastic Refit for Offshore Voyaging
    by Ronnie Simpson on May 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    How to An intrepid sailor transforms a modest Peterson 34 into a fast, efficient yacht bound for distant horizons. An intrepid sailor on a budget refits a Peterson 34 for fast, safe ocean voyaging.

  • People and Food: Slow Cooked Chicken Ragout
    by Lorelei Johnson on May 20, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    How to For days spent at a dock, here's a meal that can cook itself while you're busy with boat chores. For days spent at a dock, this chicken ragout recipe can cook itself while you're busy with boat chores.

  • On-Deck Safety for Sailboats
    by Ralph Naranjo on May 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    How to Deck layout and design play a key role in keeping the crew on board. A veteran circumnavigator and technical expert takes a look at improving sailboat deck safety.

  • Green Wakes: 10 Ways to Reduce Waste Aboard
    by Heather Francis on May 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    How to Here are some simple things you can do to lessen the amount of trash on your boat and ease your environmental burden. 10 easy ways to reduce trash aboard.

  • Installing an Anchor Windlass
    by Tom Zydler on May 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    How to A step-by-step look at choosing and installing a new windlass for your sailboat. Long time cruiser and DIY-er Tom Zydler replaces his old, worn windlass with a new model from Maxwell.

  • Top Five Ways to Keep Cruising Kids Happy
    by Kailani Clarke on May 8, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    How to A former liveaboard kids shares some insight into how to make the cruising experience positive for everyone. A former liveaboard kids shares some insight into how to make the cruising experience positive for everyone.

  • Sailboat Diesel Engine Analysis
    by Scott Fratcher on May 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    How to Make a thorough engine inspection part of your fitting out routine and identify problems ahead of time. A marine engineer shares the steps he takes to regularly inspect diesel engines to spot problems ahead of time.

  • Nav Station Transformation
    by Roger Hughes on April 24, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    How to A dedicated do-it-yourselfer gains more space and better efficiency when he redesigns the nav desk on his classic plastic. With some ingenuity—and a Sawzall—this do-it-yourselfer takes out his boat's old nav station and replaces it with something more fitting for the space.

  • 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.