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Updated Articles and Resources

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Updated Articles and Resources
  • Sail Adjustments for Strong Winds Created: Sunday, December 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
    Learn what sail adjustments to make on a sailboat when the wind gets stronger to reduce heeling and weather helm and maintain control of the boat." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
  • Storms and Thunderstorms: Radar Detection and Sailboat Storm Tactics Created: Thursday, July 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
    Storms and thunderstorms are serious dangers for sailors both near-shore and offshore. Learn how to know when a storm is coming, how to use radar apps, and how to prepare for storm tactics."
  • Review of Memory-Map Android App Created: Monday, February 06, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
    Review of the Memory-Map boat charting app for Android devices - rich in features and maybe the best chartplotter app available for sailors and other boaters.
  • Review of Tiny-Tach Replacement Tachometer for Diesel Marine Engines Created: Friday, December 03, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    The tachometer of a marine engine frequently fails, requiring an expensive replacement part and sometimes complicated installation. The Tiny-Tach tachometer is a less expensive replacement tach tha...
  • Review of Marine Weather App for Apple and Android Created: Thursday, June 28, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    The Marine Weather app for both Apple and Android smartphones and devices provides a very good collection of weather and marine conditions data for sailors and other boaters, although you need to u...
  • Uses of a Voltmeter on a Boat Created: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    A voltmeter has many uses on a boat. Learn more about the importance of this simple device here." itemprop="description"> Monday, July 27, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Any activity on the water involves inherent risks. Sailing safety includes the use of safety gear and equipment, paying attention to weather, and following basic principles for both you and your gu...
  • Why Sailors Die - The Most Important Safety Lesson Created: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Sailing sometimes causes deaths. Most sailing fatalities are due to drowning while not wearing a PFD, yet most sailors do not wear a PFD in calm situations. Understanding why sailors die, and exami...
  • Review of Marine Charts Lite and Marine Charts HD Android Boat Charting App Created: Monday, February 06, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Marine Charts Lite and Marine Charts HD are boat charting apps from EarthNC. Read the review here." itemprop="description"> Sunday, August 09, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    When it’s warm you’ll want to wear boating sandals rather than shoes. The best are the Keen Newport boating sandals, which grip the deck well, are waterproof, and protect your toes.
  • Swing Keel Created: Thursday, March 19, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    A swing keel is a type of keel found usually on trailerable sailboats.
  • Sail Slug Lubricants Created: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    If it’s difficult to hoist or lower your mainsail, it may be because of worn or dirty sail slugs. A very inexpensive lubricant may be the best solution." itemprop="de"$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop=...
  • Safety Checklist Before Going Sailing Created: Thursday, February 04, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Every boat owner should have and use a checklist before heading out sailing. A good checklist like the one presented here helps ensure you don’t overlook something that may result in a proble...
  • DayVue LCD Screen Protector for LCD Screens Outdoors Created: Monday, February 22, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    The NuShield DayVue screen protectors make electronic LCD screen displays easier to read in bright daylight, a common problem for many electronics such as computer screens, chart plotters, smart ph...
  • The Sunfish - A Perfect Lake or Urban Sailboat Created: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    The 14-foot Sunfish sailboat is a very popular daysailer that has been around for decades and remains the almost perfect sailboat for certain situations. Read the review here and learn all about it...
  • Basic Sailing Terms Created: Monday, March 26, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Many special terms are used in sailing. Learning the meaning of these terms will help you learn to sail and enhance communication on a boat." itemprop="description" Monday, November 26, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    It is critical to understand the meaning of navigational aids such as buoys when on the water. Learn the basics here." itemprop="description">> Thursday, August 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    The first step in learning how to sail a small sailboat is to learn about the different parts of the boat and its rigging. Learn it all here.
  • How to Use a Boom Vang Created: Friday, June 04, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    A boom vang is used on a sailboat to pull down the boom on off-wind points of sail when the wind in the mainsail would lift the boom. Proper use of a boom vang helps keep the sail full and drawing ...
  • Types of Sailboats and Rigs Created: Sunday, June 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Here is an introduction to the most common types of sailboat rigs today, with photos showing differences. Over history, dozens of sailboat rigs have been developed and used for different types of b...
  • How to Tie a Bowline Knot Created: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Here are easy, step-by-step photos for learning to tie a bowline, one of the most commonly used knots used on boats. The bowline knot is not only strong and secure but is easy to break loose later,...
  • How to Tie a Cleat Hitch Created: Thursday, March 19, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Here are easy-to-follow steps and photos for learning to tie a cleat hitch. This knot 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 ...
  • Review of MacGregor 26M Sailboat Created: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Here is a complete review of the MacGregor 26M sailboat, a popular pocket cruiser for day sailing and short cruises. It trailers well and with a large outboard engine also moves like a fast powerbo...
  • Control Your Tiller without a Tiller-Tamer Created: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Here are easy ways to lock your sailboat's tiller in place without having to buy a Tiller-Tamer." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Using calcium chloride in bulk or DampRid moisture-absorbing products helps keep your boat dry and free of mold during winter storage and when unused during the season." it-#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -->...
  • How to Read the Wind When Sailing Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Learn to read the wind on and off the sailboat for best sail trim and speed." itemprop="description"> Friday, May 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Here's the technical information you need to know about VHF-DSC marine radios to buy and use the best radio for your own boat." itemprop="description">ption">
  • Using AIS on Your Sailboat Created: Monday, April 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    The AIS system can help you avoid collisions if you have an AIS receiver on your sailboat. Many different systems can be installed on a sailboat - read about the different ways here."
  • How to Change a Boat Engine's Oil Created: Friday, November 04, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    How to use a fluid extractor to change the oil or other engine fluids in your boat." itemprop="description"> Monday, August 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Quite a number of free software programs, apps, and informational websites are available for sailors and boaters, including charts and chartplotters, weather and tide apps, and other useful boating...
  • How to Choose an Anchor for Your Boat Created: Friday, February 08, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    There are many factors to consider when choosing the best anchor for your boat. Read this comparison of different types of anchors for sailboats." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"...
  • How to Rig a Preventer Line Created: Thursday, May 20, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    A preventer is used to keep from the boom from suddenly swinging across the boat in an accidental gybe. When the boom swings quickly from one extreme to the other, the forces generated can be huge ...

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