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Sail Rigging for Short Handed Cruising By Sail-World Cruising, 11:40 PM Sun 2 Apr 2006
Hood Sail’s Ian Broad, veteran of many years assistance in the design of cruising sails, here describes the theory behind setting up a Peterson 46 for a short-handed world circumnavigation. All of the theory, and much of the specific information would apply to any yacht. ...[more]

Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor – Part 3 By Nancy Knudsen, 5:46 PM Sat 1 Apr 2006
So there we were, somewhere northwest of Darwin, on our way to Ashmore Reef. Lazy day, sunshine, great visibility, wind behind us, lunchtime. ‘Ya reckon that container ship is on a collision course?’ ...[more]

Iridium Satellite Users Warning By Nancy Knudsen, 8:24 PM Fri 31 Mar 2006
In the next couple of months, Iridium will switch off their current telephone number. If you use Iridium satellite technology for your onboard email/Internet connection, particularly if you will be at sea, you will not want to find yourself cut off unexpectedly. ...[more]

Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor - Part 2 By Nancy Knudsen, 11:29 PM Sun 26 Mar 2006
It’s the worst conditions so far of our 12-month journey. We’re in the narrow Gulf of Suez, it’s dark, with about 30kts gusting 40 on the nose –the engine is helping us through the rocky waves. To starboard, there is a two way shipping lane crowded with monsters going both ways. Ahead and all round are oilrigs, grotesque silhouettes blaring white light into the night. To the left and ahead is ...[more]

Seabrakes - a must have for offshore sailors? By Rob Kothe, 5:51 AM Thu 23 Mar 2006
When Captain John Abernathy grabbed a steel bucket and threw it overboard in a storm, he had no idea he was on his way to a great future invention for sailors. Such a good invention that Sail-World asks, ‘So, why the bloody hell don't you have one?’ ...[more]

Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor – Part 1 By Sail-World Cruising/Richard Chesher, 6:25 AM Wed 22 Mar 2006
It’s just after a chilli lunch in the cockpit. The skipper is sitting next to the companionway looking aft. His friend and crewmate is sitting on the starboard cockpit seat – it’s his watch - looking into space. They are distracted by the fact that the visiting wife is seasick, and the two wives have just gone below. The skipper is looking out to starboard, past his friend, at the gently curving horizon. Then it happens. ...[more]

Don’t Curse Your Diesel Engine! By Sail-World Cruising/Laurence Burgin, 7:48 AM Wed 15 Mar 2006
There’s nothing likely to ruin a great sail or a great holiday than breakdowns. Maybe the skipper and some practical-minded mates might think it’s a lot of fun solve problems while underway, but your non-sailing crew of nervous nellies won’t share your sense of adventure. ...[more]

The Bongo – will make you a better sailor By Cruising Editor, 7:49 PM Tue 14 Mar 2006
No it’s not a drum. It’s a 14 foot keel boat that will not capsize like a normal dinghy. It’s great not only for the kids to learn to sail, but also for anyone to improve their sailing without taking the big boat out, or practising while the rest of the crew look on. ...[more]

Three days adrift – could it happen to you? By Nancy Knudsen, 6:46 PM Tue 7 Mar 2006
It’s night, there’s a high wind blowing off the land. You are on the beach, your sailing boat is in the anchorage, but one of the boats far from shore. Beyond the anchorage, there is nothing but hundreds of miles of ocean. On the way to the yacht in your dinghy the outboard engine fails. You try to row, but the wind is too strong, and keeps blowing you sideways out to sea. You call out, but no on ...[more]

How to Get into a Dinghy Gracefully By Ward Esaak/Sail-World, 12:31 AM Sat 25 Feb 2006
Ever started a day badly by not even being able to negotiate the dinghy, let alone star on the foredeck? Ward Esaak from about.com has some wise words about sailing dinghies, which we thought were worth sharing, even for the tender. ...[more]

The Future of Cruising Boats? By Rob Denney, Perth, WA, AUS , 9:00 PM Tue 21 Feb 2006
Blind Date, the first professionally built harryproa was recently launched in Holland. Two weeks later, Rare Bird was launched in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Harryproas are arguably an entirely new type of cruising boat, the first since trimarans were introduced in the 60's. ...[more]

Innovation Awards Encourage New Thinking By Sail-World, 12:41 AM Tue 21 Feb 2006
Two new boats that could benefit the cruising sailor and three consumer products were recently honoured for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 65th Miami International Boat Show, which closed 20th February. ...[more]

Skype for the Cruising Sailor By Nancy Knudsen, 4:06 AM Sun 19 Feb 2006
‘How long has this been going on?’ that’s what a cruising friend said to me recently when I showed her my Skype set-up. I had to admit I didn’t know the answer to that, but it certainly must be every cruising sailor’s dream. ...[more]

Bleeding Engines - well can you? By Sail-World, 7:42 AM Sun 5 Feb 2006
When your engine stops and you’re far from assistance, one of the first possibilities is that it’s out of fuel. Well, that could be because a mistake was made(guess who?), but there are also many other reasons. ...[more]

Ship Your Boat to the Cruising Ground- Economical? By Sail-World, 4:28 PM Fri 3 Feb 2006
Dockwise Yacht Transport is the name of the company that has been on a lot of yachties’ lips recently. The thought of going cruising but for some reason not being able, or not wanting, to finish the journey, has stopped many people from undertaking long range cruising. ...[more]

2006 Winning European Boats Announced – See the PIX By Sail-World, 9:41 PM Thu 26 Jan 2006
If you’re thinking of acquiring a new sailing boat in the near future, it will be hard to ignore considering the winning European Boats of the Year for 2006. The boats are chosen by a jury of 10 European boating magazines from 10 countries, and announced on Day One of the Duesseldorf Boat Show. ...[more]

C-Pod for Total Yacht Security-Product of the Week By IBI News, 6:22 PM Wed 25 Jan 2006
You’ll never have to fret about your boat again if everything Pilotfish says about their new product is true. The beer will even be cold for your arrival. C-pod is a Yacht Management System, where you can survey and manage your yacht via the web or a mobile phone. The C-pod is your 'eyes and ears' onboard. ...[more]

Yachting Tragedy points to Safety Issues By Sail_World, 1:08 AM Thu 19 Jan 2006
The tragic ending to a Man Overboard situation in the Tasman Sea last Thursday is a sober lesson for all of us who take to the sea. ...[more]

C-MAP introduces BoatCruiser 2.0 By IBI News, 5:11 PM Wed 18 Jan 2006
C-MAP has teamed up with its Canadian OEM partner, NavSim Technology of St John's, Newfoundland, to launch a new PC navigation software product that supports C-MAP MAX and NT-plus electronic charts. ...[more]

Volunteer Coastguard - What Without Them? By Sail-World, 7:35 AM Thu 12 Jan 2006
The great support that Australian Volunteers offer to boats doing coastal passages was recognised in New South Wales recently when NSW Maritime announced that $740,000 would be provided in grants this year to the volunteer services. ...[more]

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