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Spare Parts: Three Standing Rigging Essentials

If you’re planning to go offshore on your boat, you can expect gear will wear and sometimes break. And if you want to be able to fix a problem, you’ll have to carry the necessary spares and tools needed to … Continue reading

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Ten Sailing Tips for the 2013 Sailing Season

This week’s sailing tip is courtesy of Captain John from SkipperTips.com. Is your small sailboat and sailing crew prepared for the challenges that might pop up while on a coastal cruise this coming year? Have you thought through the “what … Continue reading

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Get the Most from Light Air

With the high price of diesel at the fuel dock these days, we all have to think twice about how often we run our motors and how far we can go before we have to fill up. Those of us … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Tuning a Sloop Rig

A sailboat’s rig is a dynamic thing, even though it appears to be fixed in place with stays, shrouds, turnbuckles and pins. Wire stretches, decks shift, sails change shape and halyards stretch.  To make sure your rig is safely set … Continue reading

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Turn Your Engine into a High-Capacity Pump

Thunk! A loud noise jostles you out of a deep sleep. You roll out of your berth and step into ice cold water, ankle-deep and rising. You fumble for a flashlight, and find a gaping hole in the port side. … Continue reading

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Prepare for Heavy Weather Before it Arrives

Safety and preparation go hand-in-hand for heavy weather sailing. Crew, topsides and below decks need to be readied if you suspect a blow is on the way. Even if it never develops, you will have the peace-of-mind that you, your … Continue reading

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Sailing Safety: Pass this Dangerous Vessel with Care!

If you are like most sailors, most of your sailing takes place inside of the breakwaters. And that means you will deal with all kinds of working vessels like dredges or construction barges. They may be laying pipeline, building an … Continue reading

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Five “Sailing Rope” Rules for Longer Life

As another sailing season winds to a close, 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 to your sailing rope and save … Continue reading

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Five Golden Rules to Live By for Sailing Safety

If you are anything like me, one of the toughest decisions to make seems to be the “go; no go” one. That final call every sailing skipper needs to make before casting off. It’s one thing if you’re alone. Singlehanders … Continue reading

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What’s the Minimum Your Sailing Partner Should Know?

Some years ago a sailor took his non-sailing girlfriend cruising out in the Pacific Ocean from San Diego for the day. After a pleasant few hours they turned for home. Unexpectedly, in mild weather, he fell overboard. The girlfriend knew … Continue reading

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10 Boat Safety Checks Every Skipper Needs to Make

Is your boat as safe as it could be? Captain John from www.skippertips.com will start you out with a 10-point safety checklist – see if you make the grade. 1. Fire Extinguishers: Fire on a boat means big trouble. Check … Continue reading

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Avoid Boom Doom: Rigging a Preventer or Boom Brake

Straight from the November issue of Blue Water Sailing … Warning: The only way to start this is with a dramatic, yet frightening reality. “BOOM” isn’t exactly the noise it makes when it hits a crewmember. The sound is more … Continue reading

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Protect Your Compass from Enemy #1!

Your sailing compass has few equals when it comes to reliability. Lose all electronics aboard your boat, and your compass could get you and your sailing crew or partner home safe and sound. But there is one simple factor often … Continue reading

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Perform These Three Tests Before You Dock a Boat!

If you want to dock a boat like a pro, you need to think defensively. And that begins with three oft-forgotten tests before you approach any pier, seawall, wharf, slip or mooring ball. Put these three actions on your pre-docking checklist … Continue reading

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Freezing Temperatures Mean It’s Time to Winterize

Freezing temperatures are right around the corner in many parts of the world. If your area is one of them, it’s time to make sure your boat is winterized. Here are some steps to consider, and remember that if you’re … Continue reading

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Docking Secrets: 10 Tips to Storm-Proof Your Sailboat

Would your small cruising or racing sailboat be able to weather a gale, storm, or hurricane in her slip, at a mooring, or at anchor? Will you have peace of mind the next time Mother Nature decides to unleash her … Continue reading

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Adding Reef Points

This week’s sailing tip is straight from the September issue of Blue Water Sailing! By Heather Hamilton Any experienced cruising sailor knows the importance of being able to reef your sails in heavy weather to reduce power and heeling. As … Continue reading

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Approach This “Sailing Navigation Hazard” with Care!

Captain John from www.skippertips.com gives an overview on what to look for when transiting a channel at night and coming across an unfamiliar set of lights. Imagine that you need to enter an unfamiliar channel just after sunset. You have … Continue reading

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Ways to Own Your Boat

Here’s a tip straight from the September issue of Blue Water Sailing! By George Day Owning a boat is immensely satisfying. You’re the master of your own ship and you can fit it out just the way you want it, … Continue reading

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Sailing Emergency Tips: Liferaft or Lifeboat? You Decide!

Captain John from www.skippertips.com takes an intriguing look at liferaft use vs. the flotation of your own vessel. Read most survival sailing tips and they talk time and again about how you must equip your boat with the latest liferaft … Continue reading

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