Tag Archives: Sailing Tips

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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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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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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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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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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Sailing Navigation Safety: Nautical Chart “Accuracy Indicators”

Here’s another great tip from our friend Captain John of skippertips.com… Turn on your chart plotter or study your nautical chart and you will see objects on land or water. But how accurate are these to use for navigation. That … 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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How to Kill a Boat Fire in Less than 30 Seconds

We hope you never have to use these tips, but we know if there’s a time when you’re faced with the need for them, you’ll be glad you’re prepared. Captain John from www.skippertips.com shares his essential tips for putting out a … Continue reading

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How to Time a Light for Safer Landfall

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Captain John at www.skippertips.com! Imagine that you are underway on a wet, windy night, straining your eyes with a binocular to sight the entrance buoy to the safe harbor four miles away. Four-foot … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Safer Sail Handling

Captain John from www.skippertips.com shares a few secrets he used on an offshore passage. If you are anything like me, sailing tips that cut the time you spend at the mast or on the foredeck are always welcome. Here are five … Continue reading

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Sailing Navigation Safety: Secret of the “Cocked-Hat” Position

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Combine GPS, visual, or Radar for sailing navigation and you could come up with a triangular position called a “cocked hat”. You might think that you lie in the … Continue reading

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Five “Get ready now” Heavy Weather Sailing Strategies

In heavy weather sailing, sailing tips that save time and effort can be more valuable than gold when the rough stuff arrives aboard. Sure, you have jacklines rigged, crew in personal flotation devices (pfds), harnesses, and clipped in. And you’ve … Continue reading

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Do You Have Enough “Grabbable” Gear Aboard?

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Look over most production sailboats or powerboats today, and you can bet you will see a lack of grab rails. I believe this could rank right up there with … Continue reading

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Sailing Navigation: Sector Light Secrets You Need to Know – Part II

Here’s Part II of last week’s cruising tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Build on the light sector secrets for safe sailing you learned in Part I. Now you will discover how to use sectors to avoid rocky shoals … Continue reading

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Tap into Secret Sector Lights for Navigation Safety

Here’s another great cruising tip from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… Black night–no starlight. You strain through the binoculars to pick up the next light that marks the dangerous reef to starboard. There!! Just off the bow a flash … Continue reading

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Sailing Navigation Secrets: Do You Know Your “Navigational Draft”?

Here is another sailing tip from our friend Capt. John at skippertips.com… Sailing navigation safety in my eyes means the navigator must keep enough water beneath the keel–at all stages of the tide. But that’s not all. Navigation aboard a … Continue reading

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Up, Up and Away: Tips for Safely Going Aloft

Climbing a sailboat’s rig is not something that prudent sailors should have to do on a regular basis, especially at sea. But at some point, every self-sufficient cruiser will need to climb their mast in order to perform a rig … Continue reading

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