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Mike Hobson
Lives in Annapolis, MD
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How to check keel bolts
Colin Brown describes a series of checks you can carry out to assess the structural integrity of your keel bolts
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Boating hits mainstream media
A 73-year-old former British special forces soldier is planning to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a homemade, whale-shaped boat named ‘Moby’.
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Outboard Motor Maintenance
Unless you own carbureted models or have diagnostic software installed on your laptop or tablet, there are limits as to what an owner can do to service today’s digital outboards. But with common hand tools and shop supplies, a few do-it-yourself projects help prevent bigger problems, save money and leave you free to concentrate on fishing.
These easy tasks help keep your engines running smoothly throughout the year.
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Lazy Jacks
The following articles describe the various systems available to handle sails without having to or reduce the amount of manual labor required to handle them.
These systems make it easy to raise lower and reef the sail . First up are Lazy Jacks which are the cheapest and easiest method of handling a mainsail.
The Lazy Jack lines are installed either side of the main attached high up in the mast and down to the boom. Since the jacks are either side of the sail it can be dropped without falling on the deck.
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Chart Plotting in the Digital World
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Mainsail Reefing Systems

Mainsail Reefing; there are 3 types

Slab reefing systems incorporated 3 types. Bolt rope and slides, lazy jacks and Dutchman systems. The performance cruisers use systems to capture the mainsail when it drops, like the Dutchman and lazy Jacks systems. I was surprised to see so many lazy Jacks as IMHO the Dutchman system is the better system, as it flakes the sail as its drops, but it is also more expensive. Performance orientated boats including the racers tend to go with slides or bolt rope and slab reefing.
In mast furling is a very popular method of main sail handling as its found on many of the major production Boats.
Roller furling Booms are typically found on high end and larger boats and many use the Leisure Furl from Forespar. Boats in this category are the Trintella, Morris, Hylas, Friendship etc. Hylas had the GMT boom.
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We are proud to announce an article on UsedBoatEquipment.com appearing in the latest edition of pontoon and Deck Boat magazine
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RYA Kill Cord Survey- The results are in
Throughout the summer of 2015 the RYA undertook a survey to investigate the causes of kill cord and kill switch failure and the results are now in. Some 1016 respondents from 23 countries, from as far afield as the Falkland Islands to the USA, the Philippines and Australia, as well as many ...
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What the new RFS ethanol levels mean for boating

What you need to know re fuel for the next boating Season
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Sailboat Propellers

Standard props supplied with many production boats are just enough to do the job. They will propel the boat under power, but will not give optimum performance across a range of conditions. The reason for this of course is cost. The best propellers cost quite a bit more than a standard or fixed prop. The picture shows a new Beneteau waiting for an owner with its standard 3 blade fixed prop.

If you were to choose the optimum prop for your boat 
you would consider factors like;

Drag under sail 
Speed & Power in forward 
Stopping power 
Vibration 
Power in reverse 
Maintenance 
Cost
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Choosing a Sailboat Propeller
Standard props supplied with many production boats are just enough to do the job. They will propel the boat under power, but will not give optimum performance across a range of conditions. The reason for this of course is cost. The best propellers cost quite a bit more than a standard or fixed prop.
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Mast Boot
This Mast Boot is from Windblown products and is a self amalgamating Tape. Jay Herman developed this product using his extensive knowledge Rigging Cruising
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