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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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Sailing Navigation Secrets – Traps that Can Snag Your Sailboat!

Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Did you know that some of the world’s best sailing and cruising areas are infested with traps that can snag your rudder or propeller? Learn how to recognize those … Continue reading

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Maintain Your Seacocks to Keep Your Boat from Sinking

Capt. John from skippertips.com explains the importance of maintaining your boat’s seacocks. Did you realize that your sailboat could have between 8-12 holes drilled below the waterline to allow sea water into the boat, or to drain water from 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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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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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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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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The Snubber: A simple piece of cruising equipment with a big job

It was around 3 a.m. when I awoke to a building breeze pushing us back on our anchor and chain. From the warmth of my bunk I could tell the wind had veered as it was predicted to do, which … Continue reading

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Bottoms Up: Tips for Your Next Bottom Painting Project

Is a bottom job coming up on your list of boat projects? Here are some DIY tips from George Day and Tony Knowles. Many production boats have cast iron keels, which have the bad habit of rusting once water has … Continue reading

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Use the Magic of an “Aim Point” to Dock Your Sailboat

Captain John from www.skippertips.com shares this essential docking tip. Two half-million dollar sport-fishing boats are tied up to a marina pier. And the dockmaster has just enough space to fit your small sailboat in between. Add wind and current to the … Continue reading

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When Cooler Temps Prevail: Tips for Fall Cruising

During the height of the summer, most cruising sailors are generally well-prepared. As fall colors appear however, cooler weather and different sailing patterns often prevail. Don’t be caught off-guard during this season of quick weather changes; prepare for theunexpected and … Continue reading

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Seven GPS Navigation Tips for Safer Cruising

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Captain John at www.skippertips.com! Tap into the hidden power of your nautical GPS. Set your GPS alarm functions to warn you when you approach dangers or cross over significant boundaries. Put these seven … Continue reading

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