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Category: Sailing skills

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…
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April 14, 2019 0

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…
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March 30, 2019 0

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…
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March 25, 2019 0

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…
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March 10, 2019 0

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…
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December 16, 2018 0

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…
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October 30, 2018 0

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…
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October 22, 2018 0

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…
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October 13, 2018 0

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…
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October 8, 2018 0

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, and in Danger!

Boaters are often out of sight, depending on what size of boat you are sailing and where you are. Larger and professionally operated boats take going to sea very seriously and do not put themselves, their passengers and crews, at risk. Should problems happen may be both out of sight and out of mind –…
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October 7, 2018 0