Why doesn’t a sailboat tip over? Here’s an animation that shows the balance of forces actually it is technically the balance of moments.
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Know your sailboat mast height! Some lessons learned from encountering over-water power lines during a bareboat sailing trip.
Most of us sort of understand the concept of weather and lee helm, but few explanations go into how it gives your boat a sailing advantage.
The sailing lesson today is to use Loctite on screws on your boat when you don’t want to lose them or when you don’t want to climb the mast.
What are they and what’s the difference? These two terms were established when vessels were fitted with tillers rather than wheels and so the term weather helm refers to having to pull the tiller (helm) “to weather” in order to sail in a straight line. Lee helm is when you need to push the tiller […]
Learning to sail can be a bit overwhelming at the start because of the nomenclature. But don’t worry it’s just a matter of learning a few at the start then adding to them as you progress in your sailing education. The following illustration shows the parts of the sail and associated control lines. Of note […]
Moving the jib sheet car forward when the jib sheet is under tension presents a bit of a problem and many times you’ll just wait until you tack to the other side to move it. Or more dangerously, you can release the tension a little then put your foot on the jibsheet forward of the […]
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