PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • 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. […]

  • Skippers’ Tips: DIY tidal plotter & heed chart warnings
    by Katy Stickland on June 25, 2019 at 9:29 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: DIY tidal plotter & heed chart warnings appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • How would you safely retrieve this dinghy?
    by Katy Stickland on June 20, 2019 at 9:05 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, would you know what to do if you had to leave an anchorage quickly to retrieve your dinghy? Safely at anchor, but if you had to leave quickly, would you know what to do?James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, would you know what to do if you had to leave an anchorage quickly to retrieve your dinghy? The post How would you safely retrieve this dinghy? appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • ‘I came on deck to find us alongside rocks on a lee shore’
    by Katy Stickland on June 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Alan England learns the hard way what happens when you ignore the warning signs of a dragging anchorLinga Linga in her home port of Malta, fortunately showing no signs of damageAlan England learns the hard way what happens when you ignore the warning signs of a dragging anchor The post ‘I came on deck to find us alongside rocks on a lee shore’ appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • Skippers’ Tips: Flush the outboard & check your halyards
    by Katy Stickland on June 3, 2019 at 11:21 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: Flush the outboard & check your halyards 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. […]

  • Take the stress out of sailing shorthanded: berthing, anchoring & picking up a buoy
    by Katy Stickland on May 8, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Once underway, coping without crew isn't too hard but manoeuvres can be tricky. Professional skipper Simon Phillips shares his shorthanded experiencePreparation is crucial when sailing shorthandedOnce underway, coping without crew isn't too hard but manoeuvres can be tricky. Professional skipper Simon Phillips shares his shorthanded experience The post Take the stress out of sailing shorthanded: berthing, anchoring & picking up a buoy appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Take the stress out of sailing shorthanded: handling sails
    by Katy Stickland on April 25, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Once underway, coping without crew isn't too hard but manoeuvres can be tricky. Professional skipper Simon Phillips shares his shorthanded experienceOnce underway, coping without crew isn't too hard but manoeuvres can be tricky. Professional skipper Simon Phillips shares his shorthanded experience The post Take the stress out of sailing shorthanded: handling sails appeared first on Yachting Monthly. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]