How-To

Learn how to sail, install sailboat gear, other boat maintenance tips and more…

testing rig

Splicing Dyneema

During a refit of the lifelines on his brigantine schooner, writer Roger Hughes discovers forming an eye splice with Dyneema is easier than splicing double braided line.

Maintenance

testing rig

Splicing Dyneema

During a refit of the lifelines on his brigantine schooner, writer Roger Hughes discovers forming an eye splice with Dyneema is easier than splicing double braided line.

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Projects

Recipes

Chili

A Perfect Cold-Weather Meal

This one-pot meal warms the bones when the weather won’t cooperate, and is a great make-ahead dish for offshore passages.

Bananas

Going Bananas

What do you do when all the bananas onboard inevitably ripen at the same time?

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Sails & Rigging

Harken’s Battcar System

Tame the Main

Armed with a few basic tools, a DIYer can refit a mast with a Harken Battcar System to make raising, dousing, and reefing the mainsail easier and safer.

clew

Time to Reef the Sails

Shortening sail at the appropriate wind speed will help keep boat and crew in sync with the conditions.

Sailing Green

NOAA

Deep Sea Wonders

At Wake Island, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is exploring the deep into better understand what lies below the surface.

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Seamanship

Totem

Planning an Offshore Passage

When planning a long offshore passage or a season of passages, look at the big picture first and make sure the plan includes multiple options.