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How to Choose a “Sea Pooch” for Sailboat Cruising

Dogs have served as mascots on sailboats, Coast Guard ships and square riggers. But how do you know if your dog would make a great companion for coastal sailing?



Look for These Water Dog Characteristics.

Does your friend take to the water or not? To find out, engage in a game of fetch with a rubber ball. A great water dog fetches the ball with gusto every time! But if he or she shies away from the game, leave Fido with a friend before you cast off.



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Added by John Jamieson on October 6, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

How Magnetic North Affects Safe Nautical Navigation

Did you know that the location of the magnetic north pole affects every course you plot on your navigational chart? Are you familiar with the two ways to correct your course in order to steer a safe, accurate magnetic course?



Use this easy guide to gain a good understanding of true and magnetic direction. Then you’ll have the confidence to expand your horizons for cruising wherever you wish to go.





True North and True Course Direction.

Imagine that you… Continue

Added by John Jamieson on September 29, 2008 at 1:59pm — No Comments

How to Lower Sail Repair Costs on Your Cruising Sailboat

Did you know that the average mainsail and headsail only last 8 years? Sails used on a racing sailboat or long distance cruising sailboat break down much sooner. What can you do to prevent sail repairs from eating up a significant portion of your cruising budget? First, take a quick look at how tension control plays a critical role in keeping your boat sails healthy.



A Peak behind the Sailmaking Curtain

Your sailmaker installs a fiber or wire rope luff reinforcement called a… Continue

Added by John Jamieson on September 28, 2008 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

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