Following on from last week’s excellent post by SVN Magazine on Barber Haulers, this week we show how to make your own very simple Barber Hauler while on a catamaran on a sailing vacation (or on your own catamaran). The issue is that the catamarans have their jibsheet track on the rooftop of the salon. […]
The barber hauler owes its name to the Barber brothers, who introduced it for the first time in the 1950s to move the jib clew laterally and inwards to close the jib-mainsail channel and get a tighter angle on the wind. Over the years it has undergone a remarkable development….
The NauticEd Sail Trim course now includes how to hoist, fly, and douse a spinnaker. Here is an animation embedded into the course so that you can learn the names of the components associated with a spinnaker.
I nabbed this image off Pinterest via (https://hobiecat16.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/points-of-sail-vs-boat-speed/). It is a pretty good image that represents the speed of a sailboat versus the sailing angle to the wind. It is pretty easy to read – at dead downwind in a 10-knot breeze the fastest you can get this boat to go is slightly less than […]
A student asked this question “How does heeling angle create an airfoil shape in the sails”. He was using SeaTalks nanoforum that we have on every page of our sailing courses. So my first thought was Huh? What the heck is he talking about? Then I remembered that I wrote that. So it must be right, right? […]
Learn Sailboat Giveway Rules and Cure Boredom at the Same Time. Here is a fun sailing game you can play ol’ school like when stuck on an airplane with a sailing buddy. It’s kinda like the old Race Car Vector Grid game but better ’cause it’s sailing. If you can drag your kids off the iPad, […]
If you like this post, please LIKE it on facebook. Thanks – it helps our waterways be safer. This is a question in our FREE Navigation Rules Course which covers in-depth the International Rules of Collision at Sea aka ColRegs. The Powerboat is adrift. Who gives way? Using our nano forum technology, one of our […]
I do this all the time, but I was out with a friend the other day and he was asking me to lead him through the details. I thought it was obvious but apparently not. Oh – and if you like this little tip and it helps – please LIKE it and LIKE us over […]
This post was inspired by the conversation I had with a student sailing off shore in big waves. He was wanting to know how to keep his sails full and have a more comfortable ride whilst sailing downwind. See that conversation here: Wave and Forereaching. In our storm tactics course, we talk about how forereaching is […]
Here is a great question from a student with our answer below. QUESTION: Hey Grant! Any chance you can email me the barber hauler article direct? I’m at sea, on a out new-to-us 40′ Leopard Cat on a 1200nm journey and have been really struggling to get the headsail to set right while running downwind. […]