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Storm Anchoring System - Product of the Week By Sail-World Cruising, 6:00 AM Tue 6 Feb 2007
If you are placing your boat on an anchoring system in preparation for a storm then this product, by Colligo Marine and available by ordering on the web, might be just the thing you need. It allows you to place 3 anchors and couple them together with a swivel and then run two or three lines back to your yacht or catamaran. ...[more]

Yachts in the Caribbean - the Security Issues By Nancy Knudsen, 5:52 AM Tue 6 Feb 2007
It began with warnings while we were still in the Mediterranean. Cruisers, among other things, are great gossips, and give advice freely – which is the way we educate each other about future ports, and how we first heard about the 'security problem' in the Caribbean. ...[more]

New: Hi-Tech Water-Maker for your Grab Bag By Sail-World Cruising, 8:38 AM Mon 15 Jan 2007
Is there a portable water-maker in your ‘Abandon Ship’ Bag? If not – or even there is - it’s time to consider an interesting new product which is an update on the old pump systems. ...[more]

Transferring Gear in a High Sea By Nancy Knudsen, 9:03 AM Sun 14 Jan 2007
You have a serious problem on your sailing boat – maybe it’s gear related, maybe it’s electronic, maybe you have lost all your water, or you need fuel urgently. There’s a high sea running, and a nearby boat that has just what you need. How do you make the transfer? ...[more]

Boat Insurance - The Basics By United Marine Insurance, 1:10 AM Tue 2 Jan 2007
Whether you're buying your first boat or simply embarking on your annual renewal for the umpteenth time, it pays to go back to basics to ensure you have what you really need. ...[more]

1400 Miles Without a Rudder By Nancy Knudsen, St Lucia, Windward Islands, Caribbean , 7:30 AM Sun 31 Dec 2006
Guenter Scholz looks relaxed. Lounging on the bow of his boat with his lovely wife Ute, he doesn’t look triumphant, but he should. He has just sailed 1400 nautical miles in mostly four metre seas with mostly 35 knots of wind, and without a rudder. ...[more]

Ocean Cruising Club-Friendly Face in Faroff Places By Nancy Knudsen, 1:56 AM Thu 28 Dec 2006
Arriving in strange ports is something long range cruisers get used to – Customs, Immigration, paperwork galore, standing in queues, sometimes in sweaty tropical heat – one of those aspects of cruising you just have to tolerate with good grace. BUT the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC for short) often makes it a much more pleasant experience. ...[more]

Rescued Scottish Yachtsman-It was an Appendix By Des Ryan, 11:24 PM Tue 26 Dec 2006
The appendix is an unpredictable fellow. Maybe the lesson from this story is: If you want to undertake long range cruising, it may be wise to have your appendix removed in advance. ...[more]

Antifouling - Copper not so bad after all? By IBI News/Bob Greenwood, 10:10 PM Sun 19 Nov 2006
New scientific research has cast doubt on the widely-held belief that copper-based antifoulings are a serious risk to marine organisms. The findings of new tests carried out by UK-government agency CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture) on behalf of CEAP (the Copper Antifouling Environmental Programme which is supported by copper producers) were released on November 15 at METS ...[more]

You Need Good Blood - Engines Need Good Fuel! By Laurence Burgin, 2:26 AM Sat 11 Nov 2006
A diesel engine is a hardy critter, much like a human being. In fact, like a human being, it rarely gives trouble unless it is badly looked after. And in a diesel engine, its fuel is the equivalent of your blood – good blood, healthy body. Good fuel healthy engine. So here are some good tips to keep your diesel engine, which is one of your prime safety devices when sailing, healthy, and a step by step guide to changing your own fuel filters, complete with diagrams: ...[more]

Environment Award for Marine Exhaust System By IBI News, 8:09 PM Sun 5 Nov 2006
Miami, Florida: A catalytic converter exhaust system for gasoline marine engines, which reduces carbon gases by up to 98 per cent has won the IBEX ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD at the annual industry breakfast at International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) on 3rd November in Miami. ...[more]

The Boom Brake - Don't Leave Home without One By Cruising Editor, 10:23 PM Sun 17 Sep 2006
With a full complement of crew, gybing should be easy if everyone does what they should, even in a strong wind. However, it is not so easy for the typical short-handed cruising crew. With one warning about dissimilar metals, the boom brake is the obvious answer. ...[more]

Leaking Fuel Tanks By Cruising Editor, 12:45 AM Sun 13 Aug 2006
Leaking Fuel Tank? Is yours accessible? How would you remove your fuel tank for repair or replacement if the need arose? A leak in a fuel tank can be as serious or as simple as your original boat designers decided. ...[more]

Loop Dyneema - New Pulley Connector By Cruising Editor, Malta , 7:41 PM Tue 1 Aug 2006
This interesting new product is a replacement for shackles and snaps to connect pulleys. It has a wide range of uses on a yacht, including the sheet traveller, toe rails, boom & spar (pole, flying jib, boom...) ...[more]

Endangered Sea Turtles – Yachties can help By Nancy Knudsen, Xania, Island of Crete, Greece , 6:52 PM Thu 20 Jul 2006
Did you know that a sea turtle – the endangered loggerhead or any of the other species – cannot dive quickly enough to avoid your yacht? While dolphins and pilot whales are easily agile and fast enough to avoid any sailing boat, great damage is done to the endangered sea turtle every year by being hit by passing boats. ...[more]

Novices, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone! By Sail-World Cruising/Gill Attersall, 7:49 PM Thu 29 Jun 2006
While we know some really great women sailors in the cruising scene, one of the most familiar combinations you meet on the water is the guy who is a keen sailor, and the partner who has been dragged off perfectly comfortable dry land into a bumpy ocean and told ‘You’re just going to love this!’ Read on for the Five Point Plan for enjoying your cruising.... ...[more]

Portoroz Launches new Elan 340 By Media Services, 10:02 AM Wed 28 Jun 2006
The new Elan 340 - another outstanding Performance Cruiser design by Rob Humphreys and Elan, replaces the very popular and successful Elan 333. The premiere release of the Elan 340 happened at the Internautica Boat Show in the port of Portoroz, Slovenia. Gael Moldán with Rod Parry of Navsail had an opportunity to sail the boat, and here is her report: ...[more]

New Database to Help Protect the Planet's Waters By IBI/Sail-World Cruising, 2:40 PM Mon 19 Jun 2006
If you are interested in protecting the waters of the Planet and want to do something positive about it, you can get many of the facts to support your story or guide your actions from a new online database. ...[more]

The Necessary Sextant and How to Choose It By Rob Landis/Sail-World Cruising, 6:19 PM Fri 16 Jun 2006
GPS’s have sneaked under the guard of ancient mariners, making their wonderful navigation skills almost a thing of the past. Sailors set out on journeys across the world with no skills but how to read the GPS and Cmap. Where once the ocean mariner used vigilance and good seamanship to weather storms and miss the rocky bits, now satellite telephones and helicopters give the hesitant sailor the confidence to go where no bad seafarer should be. ...[more]

Safety at Sea - See the UK Halsey Video By UK Halsey/Cruising Editor, 7:32 PM Thu 15 Jun 2006
Last month we provided the link for you to see the first of sail maker UK Halsey’s safety videos, which was on a ‘Man Overboard’ situation and it proved very popular. The second one is now available ...[more]

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