PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • Capt. Henry Marx Memorial Safety at Sea Seminar
    by Darrell Nicholson on January 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Get a great overview of the essentials of safety at sea during the day-long Capt. Henry Marx Memorial Safety at Sea Seminar in Hampton Roads, VA on February 29th. The seminar, aimed at mariners of all levels, will cover navigation, heavy weather sailing, and man-overboard recovery. The event is being in honor of Capt. Henry The post Capt. Henry Marx Memorial Safety at Sea Seminar appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Home beckons, but is the harbour bar passable?
    by Katy Stickland on January 13, 2020 at 11:24 am

    The RYA's former Yachtmaster chief examiner, James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship. This month with a fresh onshore wind and a strong ebb is the harbour bar passable?Chichester Bar, totally benign on a calm day, can be shallow and extremely exposed in strong southerlies. Credit: Richard Langdon/Ocean ImagesThe RYA's former Yachtmaster chief examiner, James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship. This month with a fresh onshore wind and a strong ebb is the harbour bar passable? The post Home beckons, but is the harbour bar passable? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Is red light at night best?
    by Katy Stickland on January 10, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Dag Pike considers the age-old adage that using red light preserves your night visionProtect your night vision by carefully planning the lighting set up both at the helm and below decks. Credit: Tor JohnsonDag Pike considers the age-old adage that using red light preserves your night vision The post Is red light at night best? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Skippers’ Tips: Keeping furlers in check & DSC radios
    by Katy Stickland on January 6, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Yachting Monthly experts and seasoned skippers share their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor. Do you have a tip to share? Email us at yachtingmonthly@ti-media.comCredit: Jeremy Evans/YMYachting Monthly experts and seasoned skippers share their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor. Do you have a tip to share? Email us at yachtingmonthly@ti-media.com The post Skippers’ Tips: Keeping furlers in check & DSC radios appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Download the full January 2020 Issue PDF
    by Darrell Nicholson on January 2, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Download the full January 2020 issue. The post Download the full January 2020 Issue PDF appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • 8 safety lessons from 2019
    by Theo Stocker on December 30, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    A good sailor learns from experience, or better, from the experiences of others. Theo Stocker looks back to see what seamanship and safety lessons we can take from this year’s eventsTapio Lehtinen, in his Gaia 36 was the last finisher in the Golden Globe Race, but was the only one not to be knocked down during the circumnavigation. Credit:Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR A good sailor learns from experience, or better, from the experiences of others. Theo Stocker looks back to see what seamanship and safety lessons we can take from this year’s events The post 8 safety lessons from 2019 appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Uku Randmaa
    by Katy Stickland on December 27, 2019 at 9:10 am

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race was solo sailor Uku Randmaa's second circumnavigation of the world. He shares his heavy weather tactics and experiences of ocean stormsUku Randmaa preferred to keep some sail up during heavy weather. Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGRThe 2018 Golden Globe Race was solo sailor Uku Randmaa's second circumnavigation of the world. He shares his heavy weather tactics and experiences of ocean storms The post Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Uku Randmaa appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Tips to calibrate your instruments
    by Toby Heppell on December 23, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Professional navigator Simon Fisher shares his top tips to calibrate your instruments, to make sure you get the most from your electronics onboardProfessional navigator Simon Fisher shares his top tips to calibrate your instruments, to make sure you get the most from your electronics onboard The post Tips to calibrate your instruments appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Before and After the Cruise Checklists
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Last October, PS Editor Darrell Nicholson wrote about the importance of checklists and his inbox was inundated with mail from sailors who shared their own lists. Here are two lists I use when sailing my Corsair F-24: the pre-departure list, and the return to home list. Neither list is meant to be exhaustive-but perhaps it is enough to think about as you craft your own. The post Before and After the Cruise Checklists appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Beware of Tankless Water Heaters
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Tankless propane water heaters carry serious risk of causing carbon-monoxide poisoning or oxygen depletion when mounted in a tight or sealed space. Because a boat is more tightly sealed than a shoreside home, the carbon monoxide is more likely to become trapped. The post Beware of Tankless Water Heaters appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Consequential Damage Coverage
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Years ago, we had a near sinking on one of our test boats due to a failed 0-ring on the speed sensor through-hull installed by a previous owner. The sinking would be attributed to the failure of an O-ring, and because the sinking was consequential to the failure of a maintenance item and we did not have consequential loss coverage, the insurance would not have paid the claim. In fact, most boats sink at the dock due to failure of some minor item, and most policies dont cover the damage consequential to the failure of that item. In other words, we are sailing bare, without insurance coverage for our most serious exposure. The post Consequential Damage Coverage appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Books for Long Winter Nights
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Winter is upon us and that means well have a little time to catch up on our reading. Heres a few of the books that caught our eye this year. Well be expanding it with the online version of this article-so be sure to check the online version. The post Books for Long Winter Nights appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Cheap Glasses Showdown
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I wore off prescription glasses for sailing five years ago after donating one last pair to Neptune. Its not just the cost, but also the mental angst you feel. If underway, they are just gone. If at the dock, youll be fishing for them with a net or going for an unscheduled swim. Retention cords help, but if Im also wearing a cord on my hat, annoying tangles ensue. On the other hand, when a pair of drugstore glasses goes in the drink it doesnt ruin your day. And then I learned that the local dollar store had suitable glasses for a buck; Im wearing them as I type this. I wont win any fashion awards, but when I drop them or sit on them, its less bothersome than spilling a soda. I like that. The post Cheap Glasses Showdown appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Networking the Old and New
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Over the years Practical Sailor has done many articles analyzing VHF radios, chart plotters, etc. This article will discuss how to get various brands of electronics that use different communication protocols to work together seamlessly. It is proven to work on my 39-year-old personal boat and parts of this process has been used on boats I have delivered for my customers. The post Networking the Old and New appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Converters and Connectors Round Out the Expenses
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Although wireless systems have gradually made their way aboard modern cruising boats, hard-wiring remains an essential part of most systems, especially when you are matching old and new gear, or using converters. One of the biggest challenge for those of us with terrible fine motor skills is dealing with the tiny wires. Stripping, splicing and connecting these wires isnt neurosurgery, but definitely not the sort of thing you want to deal with on a rocking boat. But like any installation, it is a job you want to get done the first time-especially when you consider the challenges of troubleshooting electronics faults. The post Converters and Connectors Round Out the Expenses appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Making Sense Out of NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
    by Darrell Nicholson on December 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The NMEA 0183 has two different communication (baud) rates for-4800 baud and the faster 38400 baud (also known as NMEA 0183-HS). You have to match the baud rate of both devices for communication to occur. AIS will always use the faster rate. Once the speeds correlated on our test boat, the radio presented targets on its one-inch display. Sitting at the dock it was apparent that info below decks was useless. The post Making Sense Out of NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • The 5 practical tools to use for faster passages
    by Toby Heppell on December 20, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Most of us have a lot of electronic kit on board. Toby Heppell 
asks the experts how to make the most of all this technologySteering to numbers, particularly VMG, takes some getting used to Most of us have a lot of electronic kit on board. Toby Heppell 
asks the experts how to make the most of all this technology The post The 5 practical tools to use for faster passages appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Skippers’ Tips: Pick the right autopilot & protect your deck gear
    by Katy Stickland on December 13, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Yachting Monthly experts and seasoned skippers give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailorCredit: Richard LangdonYachting Monthly experts and seasoned skippers give their advice on a whole range of issues for the cruising sailor The post Skippers’ Tips: Pick the right autopilot & protect your deck gear appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Do you trust the buoys or the chart?
    by Katy Stickland on December 11, 2019 at 8:23 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what should you do when the buoys you see don't match the chart?In a wide estuary with low lying land, the buoys are vital, but what do you do if they don't match the chart?James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, what should you do when the buoys you see don't match the chart? The post Do you trust the buoys or the chart? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • How to navigate any coastline
    by Katy Stickland on December 6, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Navigation using digital or paper charts is key to good seamanship, but understanding the seven basic types of coastline and their challenges, and keeping your eyes out of the boat is just as important, argues Rachael SprotUnderstanding the coastline and its key attributes will make for safer, easier salingNavigation using digital or paper charts is key to good seamanship, but understanding the seven basic types of coastline and their challenges, and keeping your eyes out of the boat is just as important, argues Rachael Sprot The post How to navigate any coastline appeared first on Yachting Monthly.