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Anchoring 101 - Smart boating tips By Smart Boating, 7:44 AM Sun 29 Aug 2010
Let's face it. Most of us who cruise around well serviced local areas, be it Pittwater or Airlie Beach, tend to pick up a mooring buoy when we stop for lunch or overnight. But what if there are no moorings free in your favourite sunset spot? Are you confident you can anchor for the night instead? And what if your engine fails and you find yourself drifting towards a lee shore? ...[more]

Satphone at sea: The How When Where and Why By Georgie Roberts, 4:39 PM Fri 27 Aug 2010
Deciding you need satellite communications on a boat is a no-brainer - great to stay in touch with loved ones, and another vital safety link when you go to sea. But deciding the best solution in terms of cost and value is a little trickier. NOT getting it right can be very expensive. Here Georgie Roberts, of British satellite communications provider, MailASail, offers some smart advice: ...[more]

Sailing Tip of the Week: Getting away from the dock in a tricky wind By Grant Headifen, 7:22 AM Fri 20 Aug 2010
There are lots of tricks for getting a boat away from a wharf in an onshore wind. The situation can be exacerbated by a bad wave motion, or limited space either end of the boat, or by both. When adverse conditions apply, it's important to have a fool proof method for getting away from the dock. The following is shown for a catamaran, but a similar technique, adjusted, would apply to a monohull ...[more]

How accurate are your nautical charts? - The Ultimate Guide By Sail-World Cruising, 8:31 AM Tue 17 Aug 2010
How accurate are the nautical charts that you use when going sailing? Do you really know how much faith can be placed in them? Unfortunately, the answer is quite complex – far more complex than simply saying one chart is accurate whilst another is not ...[more]

Saving your boat with a boat alarm By Tom Lochhaas/Sail-World Cruising, 5:15 PM Wed 30 Dec 2009
Tom Lochhaas, from sailing.about, has sailed everything from a 14-foot Sunfish to a 50-foot ocean cruiser in his three decades of sailing. His comments on reading the story of the sinking of yacht Kerstie while her owners sailed the boat on, unaware that it was filling with water, drew his very down-to-earth advice. Sail-World Cruising is happy to repeat it here. ...[more]

Christmas Book Ideas for your favourite sailor By Lisa Mylchreest, 1:38 AM Sun 20 Dec 2009
There's nothing like a good nautical book as a Christmas present for the sailor in your life - or even for the would-be sailor in your life. Sail-World has selected a few suggestions to take the pain out of at least some of your Christmas shopping: ...[more]

Basic seamanship recommendations after Flinders Islet sailing incident By Nancy Knudsen, 3:12 PM Fri 18 Dec 2009
All cruising sailors, indeed all sailors, are well advised to attempt to learn from the mistakes of other sailors to help avoid making their own. However, the preliminary recommendations that have come from the inquiry into the recent tragic incident during the 92 nautical mile race from Sydney Harbour to Flinders Islet and return are amazing for their implications. ...[more]

Basic seamanship recommendations after sailing incident By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:38 AM Fri 18 Dec 2009
All cruising sailors, indeed all sailors, are well advised to attempt to learn from the mistakes of other sailors to help avoid making their own. In early October two lives were lost off the Australian coastline during a 92 mile race. The preliminary recommendations that have come from the inquiry into the tragic incident are amazing for their implications ...[more]

Dr Shrink - now in Australia By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:21 PM Tue 15 Dec 2009
I have long recommended highly the shrink wrapping of valuable spare parts - the starter motor, the spare pump etc - when going cruising away from home shores. Now you won't have to plead with your butcher any more (read Sail-World story) because Michigan-based Dr Shrink, who has been shrink wrapping whole boats for years, is now represented in Australia ...[more]

This week's product: Sailor's best friend - a BIG fender! By Sail-World Cruising, 4:33 PM Wed 2 Dec 2009
You never know when you might need a BIG fender. It might be a fisherman trying to sell you fish, it could be a fuel dock in a storm, or maybe two friend boats want to raft on each side of you. The reasons are myriad, but the result is the same - sometimes you just need MORE BIG FENDERS. But stowage is always the challenge. ...[more]

Free PC for Christmas with Seatrack software By Lisa Mylchreest, 9:48 PM Tue 1 Dec 2009
Here is the best offer Sail-World has been able to find this week for Christmas - you can forget the hassle of installing software, drivers, charts and security systems when you want new navigations software. Seatrack Cruiser packages come ‘Ready-to-Go’ Packages with all equipment pre-installed, and, before Christmas, the packages include a FREE NETBOOK PC. ...[more]

The joys of buying (and selling) a boat By Mark Cherrington, 12:20 PM Sun 29 Nov 2009
After almost a six month search, leisure sailor Mark Cherrington & his partner finally found the latest boat of their dreams - with lessons learnt along the way, not only in hunting out and buying a boat – but also how NOT to sell a boat. Neither have had 20 or 30 year’s experience in buying and selling boats; just a couple of people who wanted a nice boat, and many of us can relate to that! ...[more]

New life raft 30% lighter - easier for short-handed cruising sailors By Nancy Knudsen, 11:33 PM Fri 27 Nov 2009
Racing sailors may want their life rafts to be light to go faster, but the two-handed cruising yacht has a much better reason for wanting their life raft to be light - to make it easier for the short handed crew to get it off the deck into the water in a minimum of time. ...[more]

Nine Reasons to have a Fixed Boom Vang By Ian Broad/Sail-World, 2:18 PM Sat 2 Feb 2008
Ian Broad is well known to many Australian sailors as the principal of Hood sails. His knowledge and expertise in the area of sail making and sailing techniques with those sails is recognised as first class. Here he tells the story that inspired him to create the nine reasons why YOU should install a solid boom vang on your sailing boat ...[more]

AIS - a major navigation advance By Powerboat-World.com, 5:21 PM Sat 5 May 2007
‘Greatest thing since sliced bread!’ That was the pronouncement of Sydney sailor Ian Potter of Sundancer II. He was talking about an AIS (Automatic Identification System) Receiver. Sundancer has had a chance to try out this brand new technology on their way across the Indian Ocean in the last couple of months. ...[more]

Security Solutions for the Cruising Sailor By Sail-World Cruising, 1:57 PM Sun 1 Apr 2007
Cruisers who travel far from home can sometimes feel very vulnerable in strange surroundings with questionable security. Prevention is always better than cure, and the problem of security is one that concerns yachties in many corners of the world. ...[more]

This Week’s Great Little Boating Idea: The Viewing Bucket By Sail-World Cruising, 2:15 AM Sat 31 Mar 2007
The weather’s too cold, maybe there are too many crocodiles, or you just don’t like swimming. With the viewing bucket, you can check your anchor, see the integrity of your mooring buoy, watch the fish - or search for your lost boat keys –it costs almost nothing and stows to almost nothing. ...[more]

Bugs on Boats – the Seven Quick Rules: By Lisa Mylchreest, 10:42 AM Tue 20 Mar 2007
'Shock horror! Not bugs on the boat again!' Anyone who has owned a boat has probably been through the difficult process of trying to rid the boat of bugs, once they are there. Of course, some bugs are worse than others. ...[more]

A Lesson for Tying Down a Yacht for a Storm By Lucy Chabot Reed/Sail-World Cruising, 5:04 AM Sun 11 Feb 2007
A good lesson can be learned - about the best way to prepare any boat in a marina for a bad storm - from the story told by First Mate Rob Havey, who stayed on board to care for the Motor Yacht Leda during Katrina, the most damaging hurricane in U.S. history, and made a most unusual decision. ...[more]

Food Storage for Cruising: BANANAS By Nancy Knudsen, 11:30 AM Fri 9 Feb 2007
It’s natural to take a few ripe bananas for your immediate needs, but taking a bunch of green bananas for ‘later’ is usually fraught with problems, as they all ripen at once, and you end up with fried bananas, banana salad, banana cake and banana jam – or you spit the dummy at some point, vowing you’ll never eat another banana, and they all go over the side...but there's a solution ...[more]

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