Nautical language has a long and storied history, with many basic sailing terms that can completely confuse the newcomer.
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One of our students, Tom, asked the below question after he viewed our “How to Operate a Dinghy” you tube video. “Thanks Ed, my small boat is docked in a tidal harbour and it can get tricky when tides are running strong. How should I use the outboard/tiller to move away in reverse from the […]
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 […]
If you like this freebie tip, LIKE us over there —-> thx for that! First – what is an auto-tack? It’s when you are sailing along on a close haul about 30 or so degrees off the wind minding your own business when either the wind changes OR you weren’t watching the boat turning up into […]
You’ve got to understand balancing the forces and what are the effects of each available sail control when sailing in high winds.
Using a Wind Meter – get your head out of the boat Please consider our awesome Electronic Navigation course. It is also loaded with similar animations to help you understand many of the electronic aids on a sailboat especially your GPS chart plotter, wind meter and autopilot. First let me state my point of how […]
If you like this post – please “LIKE” it and g+1 it – It helps keep our waterways clean. Here’s how to fuel up your sailboat without spilling a drop of fuel into the water. Hi all – for years I struggled with fueling up the boat and trying my best to not spill any […]
As an addition to our dinghy sailing iBook for kids, which will be available for download via the Apple iTunes store soon, below is another animation to help further their education. It easily and effectively explains the concept of heading up on the wind from a beam reach to a close haul. The helmsperson pushes […]
Docking a boat on to an end-tie or tee head with a strong wind blowing you off requires some knowledge on how to do it and it’s one of those things that you SHOULD practice for WHEN the time comes. Trying to just sidle up along side like you might do in a no wind […]
While books say to tack the boat with the head sail cleated to windward and turn the wheel to windward, there’s more to know about heaving to
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