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Nov 23, 2021

Used Sailing Equipment For Sale

Here's where people with sailing equipment for sale advertise their stuff entirely free of charge. If you're looking for used sailing gear or other used boating accessories, here's where to find it!

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Nov 19, 2021

Ignore your sailboat mast rigging at your peril!

Most mast rigging failures are the result of poor maintenance and cheap fittings. Having your mast come down is most inconvenient and highly dangerous; definitely something to be avoided at all costs

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Nov 19, 2021

Mason 43 Sailboat for Sail

'Sapphire', our 1985 Mason 43 is an exceptional world cruising sailboat. Over the past 13 years, she has been meticulously maintained and upgraded and is now offered for sale....

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Nov 15, 2021

Blue Water Sailboats are the Ultimate in Offshore Cruising Sailboats

Blue water sailboats are capable offshore cruising sailboats that have been properly equipped and set-up for long-distance ocean sailing, as in the typical example outlined here

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Nov 14, 2021

What Are Cat Ketch Sailboats and Do they Make Good Cruising Boats?

Seen alongside the complexity of a conventional sailboat, it's easy to imagine that the unstayed rigs of cat ketch sailboats represent the future for cruising sailboat designs.

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Nov 14, 2021

Regularly Inspect Your Sailboat Masts and Spars or Pay the Price

It could be said that sailboat masts are the very essence of a sailboat. After all, take away the mast and - horror of horrors - you've got nothing more than a motor boat! Here's how to inspect

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Nov 14, 2021

Lazyjacks, Slab Reefing and Mainsail Covers

With reefing cringles and pennants now a thing of the past, lazyjacks are the most popular way of containing a slab-reefed mainsail. Combined with a mainsail cover, it's win/win all round

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Nov 14, 2021

Single Line Reefing; the Simplest Way to Pull a Slab in the Mainsail

Before going to the expense of installing an in-mast or in-boom mainsail roller reefing systems, you should take a look at the simple, dependable and inexpensive single line reefing system

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Nov 14, 2021

Headsail Roller Reefing Systems Can Jam If Not Set Up Correctly

When headsail roller reefing systems jam there's usually just one reason for it. This is what it is, and here's how to prevent it from happening...

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Nov 14, 2021

Is Jiffy Reefing the simplest way to reef your boat's mainsail?

Nothing beats the jiffy reefing system for simplicity and reliability. It may have lost some of its popularity due to expensive in mast and in boom reefing systems, but it still works!

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Nov 14, 2021

How to Select Sailboat Winches - Choosing the Right Ones for Your Boat

Good quality sailboat winches don’t come cheap. Here’s how to avoid spending more than you have to on winches that are bigger or more complex than you need.

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Nov 14, 2021

Sailboat Running Rigging - Sheets, Halyards & Control Lines

There’s a huge amount of running rigging on a cruising sailboat. Do you really want all of it to lead back to the cockpit?

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Nov 13, 2021

Thinking of Changing Your Sailboat Propeller?

There are three main types of sailboat propeller; fixed bladed, folding or feathering. The pros and cons of each type are set out here, making it easy to identify the best type for your boat

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Nov 13, 2021

Is The Ketch Sailboat the Best Type of Sailboat for Offshore Cruising?

It's true that the ketch sailboat with its split rig can make an attractive cruising sailboat for a short-handed crew, but there is a downside to these types of sailboats

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Nov 13, 2021

Is The Sailing Sloop the Simplest of All Cruising Sailboat Rigs?

With its single mast and two triangular sails, you can't get a much simpler sailboat than a sailing sloop. But is it the best rig for cruising?

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Recent Articles

  1. Used Sailing Equipment For Sale

    Nov 23, 21 02:18 AM

    Here's where people with sailing equipment for sale advertise their stuff entirely free of charge. If you're looking for used sailing gear or other used boating accessories, here's where to find it!

    Read More

  2. Ignore your sailboat mast rigging at your peril!

    Nov 19, 21 02:36 PM

    Most mast rigging failures are the result of poor maintenance and cheap fittings. Having your mast come down is most inconvenient and highly dangerous; definitely something to be avoided at all costs

    Read More

  3. Mason 43 Sailboat for Sail

    Nov 19, 21 04:43 AM

    'Sapphire', our 1985 Mason 43 is an exceptional world cruising sailboat. Over the past 13 years, she has been meticulously maintained and upgraded and is now offered for sale....

    Read More