Category Archives: Boat Rat’s Tip of the Week

Master the Art of the “Back and Fill”

Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Learn to dock a boat smooth and easy once you how to twist–or pivot–your small sailboat inside a tight space. Know this and you will be able to turn … Continue reading

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Ten Top Sailing Tips for Cruising in 2014

Here are some great cruising tips from Capt. John of skippertips.com to get you ready for your 2014 cruising adventures… Is your small sailboat and sailing crew prepared for the challenges that might pop up while on a coastal cruise … Continue reading

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Dock Like a Pro – Warp Around a Corner

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at skippertips.com… Docking a boat will always be a challenge. But what happens when you need to moor your boat in a space at the end of a pier that’s shorter than … Continue reading

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How to Anchor with Radar in Low Visibility

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Imagine that you are fog-bound on the blackest of nights. How can you combine electronic and traditional sailing navigation to approach an anchorage and drop the hook safe … Continue reading

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5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Running Rigging

Here’s another great tip from Capt. John of skippertips.com… As another sailing season arrives, it will be time to go over each part of your running rigging, docking lines, and anchor rode. Follow these five simple sailing tips to add life … Continue reading

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Tie This “Sailing Hitch” Knot in Ten Seconds!

Here’s another great sailing tip from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com… What sailing knot could you tie onto a piling for a safe and secure temporary mooring? Or, lash your rudder in place if you need to heave-to in … Continue reading

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Never Miss an Opportunity to Practice Crew Overboard Maneuvers

Sailing close hauled from our lunch/snorkeling stop at George Dog Island to Virgin Gorda and the Bitter End Yacht Club on Tuesday, it only took one good gust of wind to send a crewmember’s hat overboard. But even though the … Continue reading

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Is Your Anchor Dragging? Five Fast Ways to Check!

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com… Lower and set your anchor and that’s just one small step in the total process of safe ‘n sound anchoring. Check your position fast and easy to make … Continue reading

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Boat Rat’s Tip of the Week

This isn’t our usual “Tip of the Week” topic but the excellent article by John Arndt from Summer Sailstice below is a “tip”, in a way, to all sailors about where our sport/lifestyle/passion is headed and what we might do … Continue reading

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Sailing Navigation Essentials – Do You Know This “Magic Triangle”?

Here’s another great navigational tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Sailing navigation begins–as does all of navigation–with a good grip on how to use time, distance and speed. Indeed even the most advanced navigation system uses these same … Continue reading

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Dock a Boat Like a Pro – “Dipping the Eye”

Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Dock a boat at a marina and you may find that you need to share the same docking piling with another vessel. Here’s one fast, easy technique that will … Continue reading

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Keep this “Silent Killer” Off Your Sailboat This Season

Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… When it comes to sailing safety, I find it easy to overlook those things that you often do not see heavily marketed in sailing magazines. We all have read … Continue reading

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Seven Money-Saving Sailing Tips and Techniques

Here are some great cost conscious tips from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Follow these seven easy “do-it-now” sailing tips to save yourself time, aggravation, and money on repairs for more fun-filled, worry-free sailing time today and less “glued-to-the-dock” … Continue reading

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Reducing Dock-Approach Anxiety

Here are some great docking tips from Quantum Cruising Consultant, Jack Klang… Every skipper knows “the feeling” when entering a harbor. It isn’t the anticipation of a restaurant meal ashore, the excitement of visiting quaint shops in a small town, … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for “Sailing Storms” Aboard Your Sailboat?

Here’s another great sailing tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… How can you prepare your small sailboat and sailing crew to face the unexpected “storms” that you can expect to encounter anytime you cast off your docking lines … Continue reading

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How to Anchor from Your Cockpit

We always love tips on ways to maneuver our boats when we’re missing those extra sets of hands, and Captain John from www.skippertips.com provides us with these helpful pointers on anchoring from the cockpit. If you are anything like me, you’re … Continue reading

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5 Tips to Control Your Sailboat Under Power in Heavy Weather

Here’s another great tip from Capt. John of www.skippertips.com… Did know that many sailing deliveries are to upwind destinations? And on a delivery where time can be a factor, skippers often use the diesel engine a large percentage of the time. … Continue reading

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Use This “Magic Loop” to Find a Missing Crew Member

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com… Howling wind, black night–not a star alight. Your buddy relieves you after a long watch and you stumble below. Exhausted, you crawl into your berth and are soon … Continue reading

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Seven Steps to Winterize and Protect Your Cruising Sailboat

Here’s another great tip courtesy of skippertips.com… Are you sure that no water has become trapped in the hoses aboard your small cruising boat? Have you gone through a seven-point-checklist to protect your small boat diesel from damage over the … Continue reading

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Will Your Sailing Rigging Pass This Test?

Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Did you know that a tiny piece of rigging the same size and shape as a bobby pin works as hard as the mythical Atlas to hold up your … Continue reading

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