Sailing Tips

June Weeklong—the Confused Cruise

By Luci Stone S/V Tidechaser In years past, the June Cruise was known as the Summer Solstice Cruise as it occurs during the summer solstice. Then we called it the Wild West Cruise as we planned to hit destinations that were all on the western shore. Then COVID-19 hit and it was the COVID Cruise.

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Product Review: Raritan Fresh Head

By Dave Wisel S/V The Great Esc As sailors, there a few things that we rely on when we’re at anchor; a reliable anchor and good set, healthy batteries,  and, depending on your circumstances, a working head. There’s no worse feeling, and I know this from recent experience, of realizing that your head isn’t working

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Spinsheet Magazine Now Available Online

Our favorite FREE local sailing magazine, Spinsheet, is now available online! The Covid-19 restrictions have affected Spinsheet’s normal distribution channel, your favorite bayside restaurant, marina or watering hole, so they have moved all of their content online. You can read the April, 2020 issue online by clicking here, then clicking the link to the April

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Smart, Easy Way to Rewire

A professional installer shares his secrets for rewiring your sailboat. Running the wires for new electronics requires your best cursing vocabulary, lots of sweat, twisting body contortions, luck, and the occasional bandage. For tips on how to make this job easier, we turned to PS contributor Bill Bishop. A professional marineelectronics installer, Bishop has many

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Decontamination a Tainted Water Tank

Those of you who missed our report on how a weak winterizing solution can create a Sandals Beach Resort for waterborne bacteria you may be noticing a pungent odor coming from your galley tap. Regardless of the cause of your water woes, our favorite chemist-sailor Drew Frye has spent most of the winter coming up

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varnish touch ups & take downs

Varnish Touch-ups & Take-downs

Those long lovely wooden toe-rails can be the bane of the warm weather sailor once it goes bad; but if you stay on top of the finish the pain is minimized, and you’ll have a real head-turner in the marina. To keep brightwork healthy, approach it as you (hopefully) do your own health. Set a

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Plastic Through-hull Warning

Some cheaper materials can fail within the first year of use. This is a very important item that should be checked, preferably before your vessel is launched. I had this problem twice on First Light where the thru-hull just appeared chalky. Last year I replaced it with a bronze thru-hull to resolve the problem. When

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light air

Why Can’t I Point in Light Air

“Why can’t I point?” is a common refrain heard post-race at bars and yacht clubs around the world, and it’s a tricky question to answer. In the first installment of a four-part series on troubleshooting pointing issues, Quantum’s Dave Flynn starts with light air. When it comes to difficultly pointing, there are many possible, often

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New Found Product Time

Depstech Endoscope: As demonstrated at our March Meeting, this model coupled with your smart phone device allows you to peek into places without taking apart the entire area. It consists of a HD Snake Camera with a WIFI transmitter. The unit can be linked to your Smartphone either Android or IOS iphone. The Wi-Fi transmitter

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Varnish Over Epoxy

The appeal of well-maintained, varnished wood trim on boats is hard to deny. It evokes our past and we respect the owner because of all the time and effort it takes to apply and maintain the varnish. Historically, “the look” was achieved by applying twelve or more coats of spar varnish. This required a period

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