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Make This Your #1 Emergency Docking LineMake This Your #1 Emergency Docking Line
December 20, 2014 ~ One drop of water; one speck of dirt; one loose wire or bolt. That's the fine line that makes or breaks a diesel engine. And tight quarters seems to be where the "iron Genny" sputters and dies when you least expect it! Prepare your sailboat now with these easy-to-use defensive docking tips. . . . keep reading

Choose the Sailing Chart Scale for the SituationChoose the Sailing Chart Scale for the Situation
December 18, 2014 ~ You are sailing to a new anchorage just over the horizon. How can you make sure that your approach into the narrow channel and anchorage will clear all wrecks, rocks and reefs to avoid grounding your small sailboat? . . . keep reading

Boat Docking Secrets - Alternatives to Backing Into a SlipBoat Docking Secrets - Alternatives to Backing Into a Slip
December 16, 2014 ~ I know of no one that looks forward to backing a sailboat into a narrow slip. In light air, it can be doable. In heavy winds or with a "cross the slip" wind or current, it can can go downhill in a heartbeat. Read on to discover alternatives that put you in control when docking your sailboat. . . . keep reading

Trim Your Mainsail Leech the Right Way!Trim Your Mainsail Leech the Right Way!
December 11, 2014 ~ What sail trim technique can help flatten the mainsail in gusty breezes? Or help add fullness to your mainsail in lighter 'ghosting' conditions? Unlock the secret of how to apply twist to your mainsail for more power and speed! . . . keep reading

How to Sail in "Rotary" Coastal CurrentsHow to Sail in "Rotary" Coastal Currents
December 9, 2014 ~ What sailing technique can you use to navigate in areas where currents rotate 'like a clock'? These rare rotary currents act like slow whirlpools. In fog or low visibility, they could set you off course. Follow these sailing navigation tips to prepare for one of sailing's least-known phenomena. . . . keep reading

How to Create a Sailing Navigation Distance ScaleHow to Create a Sailing Navigation Distance Scale
December 4, 2014 ~ Make sailing navigation easier and more accurate when you create your own distance scale. It's portable and makes short-handed chart navigation faster and more fun. Watch this sailing skills video to learn more. . . . keep reading

Cruising Under Sail - Provision with These "Loading Tips"Cruising Under Sail - Provision with These "Loading Tips"
December 2, 2014 ~ Set sail for a cruise and provision weight could have a big impact on sailing performance. Use this fast, easy calculation to help you determine this. Learn the factors to use for crew, water, fuel, food and sailing gear when planning your next cruise. . . . keep reading

Sailing Emergencies - How to Use the Float-Down TechniqueSailing Emergencies - How to Use the Float-Down Technique
November 27, 2014 ~ You hear a Mayday call on your radio. And, you are within just two miles away from the vessel in distress. What seven steps will help you determine the best technique to use to assist the distressed vessel and her sailing crew? Watch this video to find out more! . . . keep reading

Sailing "Situation" Awareness - First Step to Collision AvoidanceSailing "Situation" Awareness - First Step to Collision Avoidance
November 24, 2014 ~ Imagine that you enter a a channel one night after a perfect sailing day. You see a steady red light off your starboard bow. How can you determine the risk of collision with this vessel? Find out more in this excerpt from the eBook "Navigation Rules Made Easy". . . . keep reading

Free Sailing Tool to Plan a Cruise!Free Sailing Tool to Plan a Cruise!
November 20, 2014 ~ Use this Free online resource to plan a coastal cruise, locate harbors and marinas fast, and help you avoid dangers along your sailing course. Learn how to use one of the sailing's best-kept secrets to make navigating under sail safer, easier and more fun! . . . keep reading

Sail Clear of These Hidden Hazards to Navigation!Sail Clear of These Hidden Hazards to Navigation!
November 18, 2014 ~ What two little known sailing hazards could damage your sailboat hull, crack your keel, or mangle your propeller shaft or rudder? Make sure that you mark these dangers of the deep on your nautical chart or electronic chart plotter. Enjoy this excerpt from "Chart Symbols Made Easy", the newest eBook series! . . . keep reading

Sailing Line Loads and Crew SafetySailing Line Loads and Crew Safety
November 13, 2014 ~ What sailing knot gets tied wrong more often than most any other? It's used aboard every sailing and power vessel worldwide to keep crew and vessel safe and secure. Watch this sailing skills video to learn how to use this super sailing knot aboard your sailboat . . . keep reading

How to Pivot Your Sailboat Inside a Narrow MarinaHow to Pivot Your Sailboat Inside a Narrow Marina
November 11, 2014 ~ Docking your sailboat can be a big challenge in wind or current. Imagine that you are in a marina and find that you need to turn around 180°. And do this in a space just a few feet wider than your sailboat! Use these sailing tips to master this maneuver--wherever you sail or cruise. . . . keep reading

Could this be Sailing's Best "Bitter End" Knot?Could this be Sailing's Best "Bitter End" Knot?
November 6, 2014 ~ If you are anything like me, you want a solid, secure sailing knot in the end of your headsail sheets to keep them from running back through your Genoa blocks. Could there be a faster, more secure alternative to the common figure-eight knot? Read on and then you decide! . . . keep reading

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