Why can't I see the rest of this post? (click here).In the last chapter of this book we looked at why our mainsails are so important and why we should have them set most of the time. If we accept that, and we should, the next big question becomes how many reefs should we have and where should they be positioned?
Generally, whenever this comes up the debate quickly centres on how many reefs are “best”. Two, three, or even four. But if you really think about it, that’s a backwards way to approach the decision. A better order is:
- What is the smallest amount of sail area we need for the type of boat we have and the sailing we plan to do?
- Only after we have answered that, can we think about how large we want each reduction to be (granularity)?
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The third, and last, in Phyllis' series on cruising the Nova Scotia Eastern Shore, a reminder that we don't have to go far to have a great cruise.
Many sailors have de-emphasized their mainsails, in some cases to the point where the main is the first sail to come down when the going gets tough and often does not even get set in the first place. This is a mistake and potentially dangerous.
Here is the post many of you have been waiting for these many months. Believe me, the wait was worth it. Erik has come up with a truly brilliant interior arrangement that will be comfortable at sea and wonderful at anchor.
We just published the next instalment of Phyllis' series on our mini-cruise of Nova Scotia, surely one of the world's great cruising grounds, particularly in the fall.
We are also trying out a new magazine-like layout. Tell us what you think.
Unstepping the mast for winter storage is a royal pain in the neck...but it's the right thing to do.
Marine electronics are great but they can also make you crazy. Here are some tips to keep you sane.
I rarely attend major boat shows these days, and sincerely don’t regret it. In the past I spent many a day on stands for whoever it was that I was working for, or supporting, at that time, generally in the foul aired mausoleum that housed the late, lamented (?) London Boat Show at Earl’s Court. Not [...]
One of the many things I enjoy about the high quality comments we get here at AAC is that I draw pretty much endless inspiration for new posts from them. In fact, if I wrote a full post every time a comment inspired me, I would be posting twice a day...and have no life. The [...]
With all the focus on gear, it's easy to forget what cruising is all about. Phyllis reminds us in this post.
This whole transiting the Northwest Passage (The Passage) in a yacht is getting out of hand and many (maybe most) of the crews and boats trying it shouldn't be anywhere near the place. How can someone who has spent much of the last 20 years in the high latitudes in a yacht say that without being a [...]
Not a lot more to say, really.
We have been working on improving our person overboard prevention system over the summer and have just made a video that just might save your life.
The key to person overboard prevention is never losing contact with the boat. In this chapter I take you through an easy to use (with a little practice) system, which we have evolved over 20 years sailing offshore short-handed on our boat, that will enable you to stay clipped on at all times and still have the mobility and reach to sail your boat properly. Updated and video added, October 2014.
This is the first of four posts I'm going to write on ways to save money while cruising. These are not the sort of tips beloved of the sailing magazines that can save you a few dollars--you know the ones, "how to make your varnish brushes last longer"--but tips that can save you real money and keep you out [...]
Being as how we ended up commissioning Morgan’s Cloud too late for any high latitude shenanigans (we left Billings Diesel & Marine in Stonington, Maine on August 1st), we decided to take our time on the 250 nm passage to our Base Camp near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A while ago I wrote a post about [...]