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5 small sailboats for sailing around the world

    A small sailboat can take you big places Many sailors will tell you that small sailboats are the ticket to going cruising NOW. They’re affordable, simple, and seaworthy…however, you’re unlikely to see many small sailboats in today’s cruising grounds. In three years and 13,000 nautical miles of bluewater cruising, I could count the …

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Sailing knots – the ones you need to know

If you’ve ever found yourself fumbling over a basic sailing knot in the early season, you’re not alone. As the saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and it’s not unusual to be rusty after a landlocked winter (Floridians have no excuses). Fortunately, once a knot is committed to muscle memory, it …

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10 online sailing courses to sharpen your skills

SAILING SCHOOL GOES ONLINE With more and more sailing schools taking their offerings online, landlocked sailors have cause to celebrate. If you’re new to sailing there are plenty of introductory courses that cover basic navigation, boating safety, and sailing lingo. If you’re an old salt looking for a challenge, you can study under America’s Cup …

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Used boat values and pricing – determining a boat’s worth

BOAT VALUES AND PRICES SHOULDN’T BE A MYSTERY – HERE’S HOW THEY WORK  Understanding boat prices should be like understanding car prices, right? Just look up the NADA or Kelley blue book value and you’re on your way. Unfortunately it’s not that easy! Why? Because many personal watercraft and boat models aren’t listed in boat …

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5 surprising facts about cold water survival

As a Pacific Northwest boater, I’ve always made it a priority to wear a lifejacket and avoid falling in, but I’ve never spent much time thinking about what I would do if I did fall in – until recently. At the 2019 NASBLA conference in Anchorage, Alaska, where US Coast Guard and boating law administrators …

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Checklist for troubleshooting an overheating engine

  The 30hp marinized Kubota engine on our 1979 Dufour 35 had always run a bit hot.  The previous owner told us it was happiest at 190°F and 1800 RPM, even though the manual specified an operating temperature of 170°F and 2400 cruising RPM.  We didn’t know any better, so we shrugged and bought the …

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Hydrofoil boats for the rest of us

  Watching foiling boats fly around the America’s Cup race course, is enough to quicken any sailor’s pulse. But unless you’ve got a spare few million kicking around, most hydrofoil boats are still very much out of the average boater’s budget. There are however a few ways to experience the magic of foiling without racing …

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The SECRET to removing a rusted screw

HOW TO REMOVE A RUSTED OR FROZEN SCREW If a rusted screw has ever brought your boat project to a grinding halt, you’re going to love this little trick for removing a frozen screw. We learned this technique from Paul Hrabowski at Ocean Rigging & Hydraulics when he was helping us rig our 35-foot sailboat …

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Offshore sailing schools – choosing the right one for you

OFFSHORE SAILING CLASSES – A FAST TRACK TO GETTING BLUEWATER CRUISING EXPERIENCE Considering the time and cost to outfit a bluewater boat, an offshore sailing class is the quickest and cheapest ways to get offshore sailing experience. This is Part II in a series of articles on getting offshore sailing experience from guest blogger TJ of Savvy …

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