It's easy to build your own inexpensive stern pulpit rail seat for your boat. Full directions are included here with photos.
Knowing how to reef the mainsail when the wind picks up is a critical skill for all sailors. The traditional slab reefing system is easy to install and use. Here's how to make and use a simple reefing system.
The first step in learning how to sail a small sailboat is to learn about the different parts of the boat and its rigging.
The reef knot is used on sailboats for a temporary knot that can be quickly untied. Like a square knot, a reef knot is used to tie a line in a loop around something. Unlike a square knot, it can released with a quick jerk.
The square knot is commonly used on sailboats. It is used to tie a line in a loop around something or to tie together two lines of the same diameter.
The keel of a sailboat is necessary to keep the boat from being blown sideways and usually also to provide ballast weight low in the water to reduce heeling. Different keel shapes have varying advantages and disadvantages for different kinds of sailboats.
A cleat hitch is used to tie dock lines to a cleat, to tie an anchor rode to the boat's bow cleat, and to secure other lines on a boat to cleats.
A clove hitch is frequently used on boats for securing a line around a rail, post, or other cylindrical structure. It is a secure temporary knot used, for example, to hang fenders on the boat’s rails or lifelines. Because it can work loose if there is not continual tension on the line, however, it should be used only in certain situations.
Over history, dozens of sailboat rigs have been developed and used for different types of boats in different circumstances. The “rig” refers to the combination of mast(s) and sail(s), which may vary considerably among boats of different sizes. Here is an introduction to the most common types of sailboat rigs found on the water today.
The bowline is among the most commonly used knots on a sailboat. With it, you can tie a line (rope) in a loop around anything else to anchor the line. The bowline knot is not only strong and secure but is easy to break loose later, even when pulled tight under a load.
The Sailing Flashcards App for Android is a good idea poorly executed.
Most midsize and large sailboats used for cruising have roller furling jibs rather than hanked-on jibs. A roller furler makes it easy to bring the jib in and out and to reef the jib when the wind increases. Learn how to use a furling jib.
There are good reasons to know how to determine your position and navigate with only a chart and a depthfinder. Learn how here.
The West Wight Potter 19 sailboat is a popular choice for a pocket cruiser and has a well-deserved reputation for its easy sailing and stability. Read the full review here.
Going slow and sure is key when bringing your boat to the dock and tying up.
"Point of sail" refers to the angle of the sailboat to the direction from which the wind is blowing. Different terms are used for the different points of sail, such as close hauled (sailing close to the wind), beam reach (with the wind sideways over the beam), and running (downwind). The sails are trimmed differently on each point of sail.
Learn some interesting maritime history and sailing facts while taking this fun nautical trivia quiz. It includes some fascinating things about boats and boating!
Safety is important for all boaters. Test your knowledge of what you need to do to stay safe on the water.
Here's a fun way to test your knowledge of what to do if you run aground in your sailboat.
Navigational aids are important for all boaters. Test your knowledge of common buoys, daymarks, and other markers.
Learn how to easily repair rips and holes in your boat's canvas and save money by doing it yourself. Sunbrella marine fabric can easily be mended with a special fabric adhesive rather than sewing.
Use a two-part epoxy putty to repair damaged wood on a boat in an area that needs to be waterproof. Here are the steps involved and a review of an epoxy putty product.
Sailboat owners often have to repair or stitch up marine canvas, including sails, dodgers, and sail covers. This is often a slow, tedious task. Learn how to use the Speedy Stitcher to make sewing marine canvas easy.
If the mast of your sailboat passes through your cabin top, you need a good seal with a mast boot to prevent water from entering the cabin. You can buy an expensive one or make your own from inexpensive materials. Follow these simple steps.
For many different reasons sailors may have for climbing a saiboat's mast—to retrieve a lost halyard, to inspect or fix rigging, to replace the anchor light bulb, etc. Different methods for mast climbing have evolved from simple mast steps or a bosun’s chair to newer products such as the Mast Mate and ATN TopClimber. Each has different advantages and disadvantages.