PRACTICAL SAILING

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  • Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Susie Goodall
    by Katy Stickland on November 15, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Singlehanded sailor Susie Goodall shares her storm tactics and experiences of ocean storms during the Golden Globe Race, providing lessons for all of us about heavy weather sailingSusie Goodall used both warps and a drogue during storms. Credit: Susie Goodall/PPL/GGRSinglehanded sailor Susie Goodall shares her storm tactics and experiences of ocean storms during the Golden Globe Race, providing lessons for all of us about heavy weather sailing The post Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Susie Goodall appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • How and where to go wild cruising in the UK
    by Katy Stickland on November 11, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Planning to spend the night away from crowded waters can 
be truly rewarding but preparation is essential before you go wild cruising, says Dag PikePlanning to spend the night away from crowded waters can 
be truly rewarding but preparation is essential before you go wild cruising, says Dag Pike The post How and where to go wild cruising in the UK appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • A ship turns towards you, but are you on a collision course?
    by Katy Stickland on November 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

    James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, can you judge when and how far ships are turning?James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship - this month, can you judge when and how far ships are turning? The post A ship turns towards you, but are you on a collision course? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Gregor McGuckin
    by Katy Stickland on October 30, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Golden Globe Race skipper Gregor McGuckin shares his experiences of ocean storms, providing lessons for all of us about how to cope with heavy weatherGregor McGuckin rigged a jury rig after being dismasted to make his way to injured team mate, Abhilash Tomy. Credit: AMSA/PPLL/GGRGolden Globe Race skipper Gregor McGuckin shares his 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: Gregor McGuckin appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • How to use a box mooring
    by Katy Stickland on October 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Though they are often viewed with suspicion in the UK, box moorings are actually very user-friendly, argues Gordon DaviesYachts from the Baltic normally have solid rubbing strakes to protect their topsides from rubbing against posts. Credit: AlamyThough they are often viewed with suspicion in the UK, box moorings are actually very user-friendly, argues Gordon Davies The post How to use a box mooring appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Cruising unfamiliar waters: how to find a safe haven
    by Katy Stickland on October 25, 2019 at 8:18 am

    It pays to use every resource possible, from pilot books to charts, in order to find a safe haven when wild cruising, says Vyv CoxIt is perfectly possible to find good shelter by careful study of the chart, the terrain and the seabed if the water proves clear enoughIt pays to use every resource possible, from pilot books to charts, in order to find a safe haven when wild cruising, says Vyv Cox The post Cruising unfamiliar waters: how to find a safe haven appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Storm tactics from the Golden Globe Race: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
    by Katy Stickland on October 23, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Golden Globe Race skippers share their experiences of ocean storms, providing lessons for all of us about how to cope with heavy weatherJean-Luc Van Den Heede didn't use warps or a drogue during the race. Credit: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede/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: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Skippers’ Tips: Battery cross-connect & boat checks when leaving
    by Katy Stickland on October 22, 2019 at 5:24 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: Battery cross-connect & boat checks when leaving appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Skippers’ Tips: Better insulation & navigating locks
    by Katy Stickland on September 19, 2019 at 11:14 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: Better insulation & navigating locks appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • 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.

  • 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.