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  • Confident catamaran handling: how to master multihulls
    by Katy Stickland on July 3, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Gavin Le Sueur shows Yachting Monthly how to step on board a catamaran for the first time with confidenceThe Nautitech 40 Open, despite aimed at the cruising market, places an emphasis on performance and speedGavin Le Sueur shows Yachting Monthly how to step on board a catamaran for the first time with confidence The post Confident catamaran handling: how to master multihulls appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Cocktails with Cruising World featuring Carolyn and Cap’n Fatty Goodlander
    by Mark Pillsbury on July 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Cruising World editors Herb McCormick and Mark Pillsbury sit down with longtime contributors and circumnavigators Carolyn and Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, who are aboard their ketch Ganesh in Singapore.

  • How the Totem Crew Got its Start
    by Behan Gifford on July 2, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Popular Sailing Totem blogger Behan Gifford shares how her family got their start in cruising

  • CW’s Free Webinar Series, “Cocktails with Cruising World”
    by Mark Pillsbury on July 2, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Join CW editors for Cocktails with Cruising World—a summer series of conversations with sailors and friends around the world.

  • Mast climbing for shorthanded crews
    by Katy Stickland on July 1, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Professional skipper Simon Philips shares how to go aloft safely with only one other crewmember aboardWhile large crews have lots of manpower to send someone aloft, small crews can still do it safelyProfessional skipper Simon Philips shares how to go aloft safely with only one other crewmember aboard The post Mast climbing for shorthanded crews appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Newport International Boat Show 2020 Cancellation
    on June 30, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    The popular Newport International Boat Show has been cancelled for 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19.

  • A Conversation with Wendy Mitman Clarke
    by Cruising World Editors on June 25, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Cruising World editors Herb McCormick and Mark Pillsbury sit down with sailor and author Wendy Mitman Clarke to talk about her four year's spent cruising the Western Atlantic with her family.

  • Simple Tricks for When You’re Going Aloft
    by Drew Frye on June 25, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Early summer is about the time we notice that something needs our attention at the top of the mast—an antennae connection, faulty mast light, lost halyard, etc. This is not the sort of job for a novice. Before going aloft for the first time, I recommend you take class on climbing with a rigger knowledgeableTo continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Simple Tricks for When You’re Going Aloft appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Can Glue Injection Fix Rotten Core?
    by Darrell Nicholson on June 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    It starts with a small leak around a piece of deck hardware or even a pinhole in a resin-starved layup. Water seeps between the layers of fiberglass, rotting balsa and plywood cores and turning them into mush. Even rot-proof foam cores can be progressively delaminated by sailing stress and the repeated expansion of ice duringTo continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Can Glue Injection Fix Rotten Core? appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • The Ups and Downs of Shoal Draft Boats
    by Drew Frye on June 25, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    As a longtime multihull sailor I’m often told that it must be wonderful to anchor wherever I want and tuck into the smallest of coves. Yes, there is some truth to that. An owner of a Phillip Bolger-designed classic leeboard Dovekie once bragged to me that his boat would float “on heavy dew.” But inTo continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post The Ups and Downs of Shoal Draft Boats appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Making the Most of Centerboards
    by Drew Frye on June 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    A deep, ballasted keel does a lot of good things. It lowers the center of gravity, provides lift to windward, and stabilizes the boat. It can add great strength if integrated into the construction of the hull, allowing the boat to sniff soft bottoms without damage. There are downsides. Trailering is impractical. Countless shallow creeksTo continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Making the Most of Centerboards appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Passivating Stainless
    by Drew Frye on June 25, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Stainless steel is a miracle for boaters. It’s reasonably strong, stays shiny, and requires minimal maintenance. But savvy boaters also know it’s not corrosion-proof, only corrosion resistant (see “Marine Metal Warning,” PS February 2007). In fact, for many applications it is inferior to silicon bronze, the copper alloy that has served mariners for decades, (seeTo continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Passivating Stainless appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Mailport: Hull Waxing, Sea Anchors, Solent Stays
    by Darrell Nicholson on June 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Waxing Before Storing In the Caribbean, it is common practice to wax a boat before lay-up for hurricane season, then again after returning to the boat, often in November or December. Having read several times in PS that wax provides little UV protection, and given that our boats are not seen for six months whileTo continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Mailport: Hull Waxing, Sea Anchors, Solent Stays appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • Rhumb Lines: The Sailing Cure
    by Darrell Nicholson on June 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    This summer is shaping up to be a strange one—a pandemic moving through the land and an economy reeling from its strains. And now protests in the streets. A very strange summer indeed.  It is enough to make any sailor long for a return to the sea, to solitude, to the world we know best,To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Rhumb Lines: The Sailing Cure appeared first on Practical Sailor.

  • How to Read and Interpret GRIB Weather Files
    by Jamie Gifford on June 24, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    An experienced offshore sailor shares tips for understanding GRIB weather information.

  • Circumnavigating the Delmarva Peninsula
    on June 24, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Three friends sail an Island Packet 26 sailboat around the Delmarva peninsula, which includes parts of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

  • National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees
    by NSHOF on June 24, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    The National Sailing Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of inductees.

  • Passage planning: Paper or electric?
    by Katy Stickland on June 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

    We tend to consider paper charts the most reliable means of passage planning, but both electronic and paper options offer different useful features, as Bruce Jacobs explainsUsing both electronic and paper charts while on deck combines the best of both worlds, but keeping all-round awareness is keyWe tend to consider paper charts the most reliable means of passage planning, but both electronic and paper options offer different useful features, as Bruce Jacobs explains The post Passage planning: Paper or electric? appeared first on Yachting Monthly.

  • Salty Dawg Homeward Bound Flotilla Recap: Dawged Determination Gets Stranded Cruisers Home
    by By Hank George on June 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    A recap of the spring 2020 Salty Dawg Homeward Bound Flotilla, which helped cruising sailors stranded in the Caribbean due to coronavirus pandemic-related shutdowns sail home to the US and Canada.

  • Download The Full July 2020 Issue PDF
    by Darrell Nicholson on June 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Sailing Centerboard Boats Notable Centerboard Boats Passivating Stainless Steel Do-it-yourself Corrosion Protection Centerboard Tactics Deck Core Injection Repair  To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriberSubscribeSubscribe to Practical Sailor Get the next year of Practical Sailor for just $34. And access all of our online content - over 4,000 articles - free of charge. Subscribe today and save 42%. It's like getting 5 months FREE! Already Subscribe?Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password?The post Download The Full July 2020 Issue PDF appeared first on Practical Sailor.