Sailing Magazine - Technique https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-120-1-technique.html Tue, 16 Aug 22 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 How to get help in an emergency - Getting assistance at sea starts with knowing how to reach help https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2415-how-to-get-help-in-an-emergency.html Days on the water are often great, but things can go wrong. When they go wrong, your ability to get help is determined by your communication ability, and it’s important to know  the gear and co...]]> Get new crew and be great crew - Owners need sailors and sailors need boats; create great sailing relationships that last https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2407-get-new-crew-and-be-great-crew.html Sailing is haunted by a problem that, on its face, seems very easy to solve. Many owners have a hard time finding people to go sailing with them and sailors new to the sport have a hard time finding b...]]> Make the most of a charter briefing - Tap into charter staff knowledge to turn a good charter into a great one https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2397-make-the-most-of-a-charter-briefing.html Charter briefings—those meetings with charter base staff that help familiarize you with the boat and the cruising grounds—can feel like a hurdle that has to be overcome to get underway, but it’s...]]> New season, new paint - A fresh bottom paint job and a topside touchup will have your boat looking and sailing great https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2392-new-season-new-paint.html A protected and fair boat bottom looks good, but it’s the performance-related benefits that make a good bottom job worth the work, and the price.The first step in any bottom job is choosing the...]]> Replacing standing rigging - Quetzal’s rig gets a top to bottom refresh in preparation for a some big passages https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2375-replacing-standing-rigging.html Quetzal is ready for thousands more miles of ocean passages following a standing rigging refit.Standing rigging is not set it-and-forget-it equipment; it requires maintenance. All that shiny stainless...]]> Reduce the roll - Take some motion out of the ocean for a good night’s sleep at anchor https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2359-reduce-the-roll.html Every time we post a photo of our boat at anchor we immediately get asked “What’s that off of your spinnaker pole?” The answer is simple: it’s insurance that we will get a good night of sleep....]]> Splicing three-strand line to chain - A smooth transition from rope anchor rode to chain is a necessity, and in need of frequent inspection https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2365-splicing-three-strand-line-to-chain.html The best way to attach three-strandline to chain is with a thimble and screw-pin shackle. The shackle provides a large, smooth radius for the rope, as well as providing chafe protection. A shackle can...]]> Jury-rigging steering - Losing steering is an emergency but good seamanship skills can lead to a fix to get you home https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2349-jury-rigging-steering.html Losing steering is an emergency, but it’s one that you can prepare for by having a plan tucked away in the back of your head. When a boat loses steering you know it quickly. Sometimes there’s clun...]]> Understanding sail trim - Proper trimming goes beyond getting the telltales to fly and sheeting until it stops luffing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2336-understanding-sail-trim.html If music is how we feel math, then sailing is how we live physics. And sail trim, like playing an instrument, is our touchpoint with the medium. In fact, apart from steering a sailboat, which is one o...]]> Selecting the right propeller for your boat - Choosing the correct propeller will give you the best of all worlds for performance sailing, club racing, motor sailing or motoring https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2324-selecting-the-right-propeller-for-your-boat.html Should you ditch your fixed propeller? If your goal is to sail or motor to your destination more quickly, whether to the anchorage for cocktails or to your first waypoint on a passage, then a folding ...]]> DIY canvas repair - Get the most life out of your canvas work with easy repairs you can do yourself https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2302-diy-canvas-repair.html Canvas doesn’t last forever. UV rays, wind and regular wear take their toll on sail covers, biminis, dodgers and more. Replacement is an investment, but there’s a good chance your canvas work can ...]]> Sailing safe on a multihull - The monohull rules don’t necessarily apply to multihulls, so understand the difference before you set sail https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2285-sailing-safe-on-a-multihull.html There was a time when multihulls were enough of an oddity that they’d routinely turn some heads as they entered the harbor. Sailors have now embraced the many benefits of multihulls, and more and mo...]]> Seeing better at night - Night vision devices can be an important tool in safe sailing in the dark https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2271-seeing-better-at-night.html Although night-vision technology has been available to sailors for many years, most people find their first purchase a bit daunting. And for good reason: there’s a great deal to know and understand....]]> How to polish a hull back to a super shine - Modern marine paints don’t take well to buffing, but polishing with a ceramic coating can bring new life to old paint jobs https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2259-how-to-polish-a-hull-back-to-a-super-shine.html Marine paint has come a long way. Modern paints are amazing, they are shiny and colorful, abrasive resistant and survive many years under the punishing rays of the sun. They stand up well, but over ti...]]> How to charter safely - Chartering has changed in the time of Covid-19, but there are plenty of ways to stay safe onboard https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2252-how-to-charter-safely.html Like everything else, chartering has changed in the pandemic. Charter companies have adapted to help keep customers and staff safe, but more importantly they have found ways to help sailors feel comfo...]]> Understanding boat insurance - Navigate the complicated waters of insuring your boat amidst hurricanes, fire and other damage https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2246-understanding-boat-insurance.html When a big storm pounds across a boat-packed harbor, some sailors shrug off the prospect of serious damage or total loss with words like, “Hey, no worries. My boat is insured.” While that may be ...]]> Docking under power - Become a docking master by understanding the mechanics at work in getting a boat in a slip https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2234-docking-under-power.html Even the most competent sailor may bristle at pulling into a tight slip with a strong cross breeze. But understanding the mechanics at play in docking a boat make smooth landings far easier.Sailboats ...]]> Delamination repair - Wet core is a recipe for problems, but repairing the problem is often not as hard as you may think https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2218-delamination-repair.html Wet core is one of the most common problems you’ll find in boats constructed with a cored-laminate hull or deck, particularly those of a certain age. Although tackling such damage can be a messy job...]]> Co-owning a boat - Teaming up can be an affordable route to boat ownership so long as you go into it with an agreement and a sense of whether its right for you https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2209-co-owning-a-boat.html  A growing trend suggests more sailors are opting for joint sailboat ownership. Painted in broad strokes, the concept seems relatively simple: if two people own the boat, it translates to ha...]]> Steering inspection - Steering problems are serious but many can be avoided with routine maintenance https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2181-steering-inspection.html Steering problems are almost always serious and can quickly rise to the level of an emergency. But most problems can be avoided with regular inspections and maintenance. Steering systems are extremel...]]> Adding a staysail - A properly rigged staysail is a great passagemaking tool https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2168-adding-a-staysail.html Sail selection is key for offshore sailing. You need a combination that provides speed without overburdening the boat and enough flexibility that you don’t have to make frequent sail changes.A fixed...]]> Weather routing services - Having a weather router dedicated to your passage can offer valuable information and peace of mind https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2155-weather-routing-services.html Menacing clouds hung low in the sky, and despite it being only 3 p.m., it felt on the verge of nightfall. The radar screen was lit up like a Christmas tree, and we did our best to dodge and weave the ...]]> How to make the most of your charter - Fine-tune your charter to your liking to create the ultimate sailor’s vacation https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2137-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-charter.html The charter business was born 50 years ago in the British Virgin Islands with six 35-foot sailboats and a dream by Charlie and Ginny Cary to help people go sailing in one of the best cruising grounds ...]]> Inflatable life jacket maintenance https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2123-inflatable-life-jacket-maintenance.html The following multi-tiered approach to maintenance stems from recommendations from manufacturers and the U.S. Coast Guard, and covers both hydrostatic (pressure sensing) and bobbin type (water soluble...]]> Improve your chances for survival when you go overboard - What the person in the water does is just as important as what a boat’s crew does in a man overboard situation https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2122-improve-your-chances-for-survival-when-you-go-overboard.html Sailors know that when a person goes overboard the crew must go immediately into recovery mode. Man overboard procedures are studied and practiced. But what happens if you are the person in the water?...]]> Going aloft - Whether you have help or you’re going solo, a trip up the mast starts with safety https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2105-going-aloft.html There are times on every boat when you need to send someone aloft. This is almost never convenient, but it’s a necessity and one in which safety needs to be a priority. Fortunately, the days of a pl...]]> Cockpit awning on a budget - At less than $100, this DIY awning might not be as pretty as one that’s custom made but it does the job https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2099-cockpit-awning-on-a-budget.html If your boat lies unattended, even for a short time—be it in a marina, (in or out of the water), or on a mooring—it doesn’t take long for it to become grubby, from bird droppings or wind blown d...]]> Staying afloat - How to avert disaster when your boat starts taking on water https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2083-staying-afloat.html When the Farr PH 56 Monterey sank in May 2017 during the Antigua-to-Bermuda Race, nobody was more shocked than owner and skipper Les Crane. After all, he’d sailed the boat more than 40,000 miles dur...]]> Boat detailing - Start the season right by getting your hull sparkling clean https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2075-boat-detailing.html Spring cleaning is a ritual, but when it comes to boats it’s often a necessity. Before you launch for the season is often the only and best opportunity to get a boat sparkling clean. But that kind o...]]> How to deploy a sentinel anchor - This little known method can keep your anchor from dragging in rough conditions https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2064-how-to-deploy-a-sentinel-anchor.html Menacing clouds and increasing wind announced that a powerful storm was about to cross over the British Virgin Islands. We were tucked into outlying Anegada, the area’s flattest and most unprotected...]]>