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10 Tips to Make You a Better Sailor!

Wһаt top ten sailing tips wіӏӏ һеӏр уоυ enjoy sailing іn tһе mоѕt fun аnԁ safe way? Yоυ mіgһt Ье surprised tо knоw tһаt іt аӏӏ starts long Ьеfоге уоυ step aboard уоυг sailboat. Uѕе tһеѕе ӏіttӏе knоwn secrets fог day sailing, weekend cruising, ог fог coastal аnԁ offshore sailing. Pack tһе Rіgһt Clothes. There’s а ѕауіng tһаt gоеѕ ѕоmеtһіng ӏіkе tһіѕ “There іѕ nо ѕυсһ tһіng аѕ bad weather-only bad clothes”. Mаkеѕ а lot…

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What to Do in Severe Weather…

What to Do in Severe Weather… Rеduсе Yоur Sрееd, but kеер јuѕt еnоugh роwеr tо mаіntаіn hаеdwау Put оn уоur PFDѕ Turn оn runnіng lіghtѕ Hеаd tо thе nеаrеѕt ѕhоrе thаt іѕ ѕаfе tо аррrоасh Hеаd thе bоw оf bоаt іntо thе wаvеѕ аt аbоut а 45-dеgrее аnglе Kеер bіlgеѕ frее оf wаtеr Sеаt раѕѕеngеrѕ оn thе bоttоm оf thе bоаt, nеаr thе сеrtаіn lіnе If уоur еngіnе fаіlѕ, trаіl а ѕеа аnсhоr оn а…

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Fascinating Quotations that Still Have Meaning Today

“Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time. Joseph Conrad” “Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while beingcold, wet and miserable. Irv Heller” “Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar. Don Bamford” “He who goes to sea for pleasure would go to hell to pass the time! Anonymous” “It’s…

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Buying a New (to you) Boat Needn’t Break the Bank

Providing you are smart and shop around first. Dinghies are exceptional starter boats and many people sailing inland or coastal waters have fallen so much in love with their hands-on experiences sailing in general or competing that they would sail nothing else.Dinghies for children make outstanding training boats, backed with professional tuition they are what many boaters have ‘cut their teeth on’. As the youngsters develop in ability there are larger and better models that…

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Kill Cords, not People

A ‘kill cord’ is an engine cut-out device that when used properly will save an accident from becoming a medical emergency. A kill cord secured to the wrist of the skipper will switch off the motor of your boat should the skipper fall overboard or into the boat and be rendered unable to maintain control of the boat. A kill cord is, as the name suggests, a cord or plastic cable that is connected to…

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Man Overboard!

Going Overboard Is Our Worst Nightmare It happens, crew members do fall overboard, on a crewed boat there are others who can turn back and rescue them, on a single-handed sailboat it could be disastrous. So how can boating folks reduce the risk without lessening the fun?Be prepared, is a great motto and I borrow it for the purpose of making the point–apologies to the Scouting movement. Planning, preparation and practice are key here, plan…

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Sailing Close to the Wind

  As is often the case sailing close to the wind has its origins in sailing, in general life it means taking a risk, cutting it fine, and for experienced sailing skippers that is what life is about, the adrenaline rush, challenging yourself against the elements, enjoying the rush, literally. Sailing close to the wind means sailing almost directly into the wind. Strictly speaking it isn’t possible to sail into the wind, that is counterintuitive…

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A Knotty Problem, but Important!

Knots perform important tasks in sailing and boating, and it is useful to know which is which. The purpose of knots in sailing is mostly to secure something using ropes, sheets, or lines and it is said that there are eight basic knots. Most of the knots in use have been developed and used since men and women first ventured out onto the water and their reason for doing so helped create knots for fishing,…

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Time and Tide Wait for no Man (or Woman)!

There is a lot of truth in the old adage for boating people especially. But, what is the tide and what does it mean to you? Experienced boaters and commercial mariners know how to work with the tides, newbie boaters and inexperienced sailors are advised to attend an approved training course to receive guidance about tides and learn the basics before setting sail. Tides are a natural global phenomenon that occurs with predictable regularity across…

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Wind Fills Sails but…

People often use the old saying, ‘Knowing which way the wind is blowing’ but in fact this is vital information and may not always be as it would seem. Winds are designated based on from where they originate, a wind blowing from the sea in the direction of the shore is an on-shore wind, conversely a wind blowing off shore – out to sea is an offshore wind, clearly the force of the wind is…

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