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Tag: Practical seamanship

Essential tips when using an anchor

Duncan Wells passes on the benefit of years spent at anchor with his definitive guide to the do’s and don’t’s of dropping the hook Entrusting your boat and the lives of her crew to a piece of metal you can’t see can be unnerving Essential tips when using an anchor Avoid a lee shore Make…
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April 5, 2018 0

Understanding sea state for better passage planning

Consider wind and waves when planning and, as Norman Kean explains, you’ll be able to predict and avoid rough waters In this picture of Bernard Stamm’s Cheminées Poujoulat battling a Force 10 in Biscay at the start of the VELUX 5 Oceans solo round the world race, the wave patches can be clearly seen Understanding…
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December 1, 2017 0

‘I was rescued from death alone in mid-ocean’

Crippled by pain while sailing solo in the Indian Ocean, Andrew Halcrow had to call for rescue Under full main and poled out genoa, Elsi lifts her skirts and revels in the South Atlantic’s northeasterly trade winds ‘I was saved from death alone in mid-ocean’ In the late 1980s I built a steel yacht in…
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November 4, 2017 0

Three methods for seizing shackles

Shackles are often under high load. If one shakes open, the result could be dangerous. Chris Beeson shows how to make sure it won’t This spinnaker block shackle somehow managed to hang on by jamming itself in place, but it wouldn’t endure actual use Three methods for seizing shackles RYA Yachtmaster Chris Beeson has raced…
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October 22, 2017 0

Can you repair a liferaft at sea?

All liferafts are sold with liferaft repair kits, but are they any use at sea, when it’s a matter of life or death? Ben Meakins finds out Seasick, dehydrated, tired and scared, this would be a far greater challenge Can you repair a liferaft at sea? ‘A horrendous sound like the ripping open of a…
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October 7, 2017 0

MOB myths busted – Part 2

MOB is such a big concern that many of us ignore it. In this series Noel Dilly shares some thought-provoking and controversial ideas about MOB recovery If you are MOB, how practical is received wisdom on retrieval and recovery? We find out MOB myths busted – Part 2 Retired anatomy professor Noel Dilly has been…
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October 7, 2017 0