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We have shown that sidedeck jacklines are deeply flawed and may even be more dangerous than no jacklines at all, due to drag risk and the false sense of security they confer. But can we get rid of them and still work our boats efficiently? Yes, we can! Here's how, with video proof.

In the last chapter we wrote about how to determine when heaving-to is dangerous. In this chapter we share a realworld-tested technique to solve that problem and make heaving-to safe for a wide range of boats.

Sadly most boats, both power and sail, have interior arrangements that are designed to look good at a boat show, not work well offshore or when living aboard for extended periods while voyaging. Here we give you and explain, based on some 20 years of living aboard and voyaging, a guideline for eight things to look for as you shop for a boat.

Reefing Made Easy

In this chapter we will cover in detail, complete with a slideshow illustrating each step, how we reef on "Morgan’s Cloud" and more specifically, how we reef when sailing downwind.