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  • Review of Cruisers Forum App Created: Friday, July 13, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
    Cruisers Forum is a free app for Android and Apple smartphones and devices that can provide sailors and other boaters with a wide variety of useful, practical information." Sunday, November 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    Find other sailors' blogs and websites about their boats and experiences, and tell others about your own blog.
  • Sailing Mistakes - Dumb Things on Boats - Lessons from Mistakes Made on Sailboats Created: Thursday, October 07, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    We can learn a lot about sailing from our mistakes and the stories of other sailors. Read the stories of others and share your own funny or embarrassing mistakes!
  • Best Sailing Harbors – Favorite Harbors for Sailors Created: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    What makes a harbor a favorite sailing destination? Read what others have to say and share your own favorites.
  • The Best Sailing Blogs and Personal Websites Created: Sunday, November 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    Blogs and other websites written by sailors provide a great wealth of information about their boats and their sailing experiences. You can learn much about how to outfit or upgrade your boat, about...
  • Small Sailboat Racing Tactics Created: Thursday, July 08, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    Racing a small sailboat involves more than just the ability to sail well. Your mind should be just as busy as your body, thinking about tactics and planning your next moves. Here's a place for sail...
  • Small Sailboat Racing Tactics Created: Thursday, July 08, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    Racing a small sailboat involves more than just the ability to sail well. Your mind should be just as busy as your body, thinking about tactics and planning your next moves. Here's a place for sail...
  • Review of "Know Your Boat" by David Kroenke Created: Sunday, February 23, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    "Know Your Boat" by David Kroenke is a guide to understanding, maintaining, and troubleshooting marine systems on your sailboat or powerboat. Read the full review here.
  • Review of "The Cruising Life" by Jim Trefethen Created: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    The Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager by Jim Trefethen is a good book for sailors contemplating going off cruising long-term. Read the full review here.
  • Review of Gently with the Tides by Michael L Frankel Created: Saturday, February 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Gently with the Tides by Michael L Frankel is a good collection of articles from Living Aboard magazine. Read the review here.
  • Review of As Long As It's Fun by Herb McCormick Created: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Review of As Long As It's Fun by Herb McCormick is a wonderful biography of the great sailors Lin and Larry Pardey. Read the full review here.
  • Uses of a Voltmeter on a Boat Created: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    A voltmeter has many uses on a boat. Learn more about the importance of this simple device here." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, February 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: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Learn to read the wind on and off the sailboat for best sail trim and speed." itemprop="description"> Thursday, December 27, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Learn how to retrieve your boat's anchor without problems." itemprop="description">
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  • Imperfect Passage by Michael Cosgrove - Book Review Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Michael Cosgrove's true sailing story, Imperfect Passage, is an nautical adventure and the story of one man's inner voyage as he sails across the South Pacific in a quest for meaning and self-fulfi...
  • Review of NutiCharts Lite Android Chart App Created: Monday, February 06, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Review of the free NutiCharts Lite boat charting app for Android devices - maybe not the app you want to trust." itemprop="description">> Sunday, April 24, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    For many sailors who cruise the American Northeast, Downeast Maine is the ultimate cruising destination. And for those sailing all the way past Bar Harbor and the tourist coast of Maine, Roque Isla...
  • What to Do if Your Prop Gets Tangled Created: Friday, December 10, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    It happens to every sailor eventually: motoring through an area of lobster traps or crab pots, or even through open water, a line or piece of net catches in your prop and the engine abruptly stalls...
  • How to Buy a Sailboat Created: Thursday, October 14, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    If you're thinking of buying a sailboat or shopping for a sailboat for sale, it's important to consider many issues and questions about your needs and future activities before selecting a type and ...
  • How to Raise the Mainsail Created: Thursday, October 15, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Raising the mainsail is one of the first steps in setting sail. Although usually a simple, easy process, beginners may experience snags if they’re not careful. Follow these guidelines to get ...
  • How to Tack a Sailboat Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Tacking, or “coming about,” is the act of turning a sailboat across the eye of the wind. From being close hauled into the wind with the sails in tight on one side, you turn into the win...
  • How to Use a Mainsheet Traveler Created: Thursday, September 10, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Although the mainsheet tackle attaches to a fixed point on some smaller sailboats, most cruising and racing sailboats have a mainsheet traveler that allows for better positioning of the boom for th...
  • Preparing Your Sailboat for a Hurricane Created: Thursday, August 27, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    If your area is threatened by a hurricane or tropical storm winds, you need to make advance preparations to reduce the risk of damage. Don’t wait until the wind is rising before taking steps....
  • How to Navigate with a Depthfinder Created: Thursday, February 07, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    There are good reasons to know how to determine your position and navigate with only a chart and a depthfinder. Learn how here.
  • How to Anchor a Sailboat Created: Sunday, October 04, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Good sailboat anchoring technique is crucial for safety. If the anchor drags because it was not properly set or because insufficient scope was used, the sailboat may go ashore or strike another boa...
  • Basic Sailing Knots Created: Friday, July 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Here are step-by-step directions with photos for tying a cleat hitch, bowline, clove hitch, square knot, and other essential sailing knots. Because sailing involves many lines (ropes) that you need...
  • How to Repair Damaged Wood with Epoxy Putty Created: Monday, October 29, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    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.
  • Review of West Wight Potter 19 Created: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    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.
  • How to Tie a Stevedore's Stop Knot Created: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    A stevedore's knot is a good stop knot to tie when you need a knot larger than the classic figure-eight stop knot. Here are steps and photos for how to tie a stevedore's knot.
  • Easy Boat Improvements 1 - Light and Physical Comforts Created: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    A solar-powered clip-on LED for boats.
  • How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Created: Monday, February 28, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    The taut-line hitch is a useful adjustable knot for boating and other activities. It is used to tighten a line tying one thing to another, such as to hold up a tent pole or tie a kayak on top of a ...

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