Tag Archives: Sailing Tips

Tips and Tricks for Your Next Charter

Charter vacations are by far one of the best parts of cruising. Showing up to a boat that you don’t own or have to do maintenance on, sailing through stunningly clear tropical water and strolling beautiful beaches is all part … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Spring Lines When Docking

In difficult docking situations, spring lines can get you up to and away from the dock without a lot of bother. Here are three simple spring line maneuvers. 1. When the wind is blowing you off a dock as you … Continue reading

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Sailing Tips: Choosing a Sailing School

Back to School A Guide to Choosing a Sailing School By Andrew Cross Ask any old salt if they know everything about sailing—if their response is yes, they are not being honest. Learning to sail is a lifelong endeavor that … Continue reading

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Three Tips for the Anchorage

Anchoring out is one of the most rewarding parts of cruising on a sailboat. But with that reward comes some challenges and responsibilities when you get into the anchorage. Here are three tips for anchoring to help you calmly get … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Trimming Your Sails Upwind

A few years ago while leading a flotilla of six boats in the Caribbean one of our passage days between islands ended up being a long beat to windward. My plan for the day was to leave early in the … Continue reading

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Avoid Sailing Near These “Ship-Killing” Nautical Chart Dangers

Here’s another helpful sailing tip from our friend Capt. John at skippertips.com… Could you glance at any nautical chart or GPS plotter and pick out the wreck symbols at a glance? Sail too close to these hazards and your hull could … Continue reading

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USCG: Five Easy Ways to Stay Safe on the Water

This time of year is when boating accidents and mishaps become more frequent in the US. Please ensure you take the necessary steps to make your time on the water as safe as possible. A USCG sector says a recent … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Launch

Many sailboat owners haul out annually, either to store them for the winter or to perform routine maintenance and paint the bottom. If the boat has been out of the water for a while and you (or others) have worked … Continue reading

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How to Properly Rig Your Jacklines

Here’s another helpful sailing tip from our friend Capt. John at skippertips.com… Learn to sail like a pro when you rig your boat for sailing safety. Not many things fill a sailor’s mind with terror like the fear of falling … Continue reading

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Maintain Your Boat’s Steering System

The steering system may well be the most overlooked and neglected system on your boat. That’s because it tends to work.  That is, until it doesn’t, which is usually in a narrow shipping channel or at two in the morning … Continue reading

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Docking Tips: Seven Ways to Protect Your Costly Sailboat Hull

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at skippertips.com… What sailing gear could protect your hull inside a slip, alongside a pier or wharf, if you lost an engine inside a marina, when nested alongside another boat? What if … Continue reading

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How Masthead Lights Can Help You Pass Ships at Night

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at skippertips.com… Nightfall. Calm, peaceful, light winds from the southeast. Picture perfect with an awesome canopy of stars above your head. What was that? Just off the port bow? There it is … Continue reading

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For Better Holding, Go All-Chain

When you take off aboard your boat to explore the coastlines and the world, you end up anchoring out a lot—if not most of the time. Relying on your anchoring system to keep you and your boat safe means that … Continue reading

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Tie This Super Sailing Knot in Seconds

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at skippertips.com… What sailing knot could you use to tie off a main or headsail halyard, hoist yourself safe and sound aloft, tie off the foot of a reefed sail or … Continue reading

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Dock Like a Pro – How to 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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Which Overboard Recovery Side Should You Choose?

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at skippertips.com… Not many sailing safety issues chill the blood like the thought of falling overboard. But, even more dangerous could be the recovery itself. Why is that? You may have read and practiced … Continue reading

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Is it Towing or Salvage?

Broken gear, engine problems or other mishaps can force you to call a towboat – but is it “towing” or “salvage”? If you’re ever in doubt, the safest bet is to ask the towboat crew. That’s because there could be … Continue reading

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Develop a “Think Inverted” Mindset for Sailing Safety

Here’s another sailing tip from Captain John at www.skippertips.com… Now, none of us plan to face the ultimate storm at sea. Matter of fact, most of us will never set sail in an area where such storms are probable. But … Continue reading

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Catamaran Docking Tips

This time of the year, a lot of us are headed to the sunny south to charter a bareboat for a week or more. Some (if not most) will be chartering a catamaran and will have to get the hang … Continue reading

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Safety: Be Prepared for These Floating Monsters

Learn to spot and avoid objects at sea with this week’s tip from Captain John of skippertips.com… If you are anything like me, nothing beats standing watch on a sailing vessel or power vessel. Just you the sea, moon, stars and … Continue reading

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