Category: sailing knowledge

Four Elements of Sail Trim

Posted by Michael Bandera - August 29, 2017 - sailing knowledge, Sailing Tip
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The Four Elements of Sail Trim Before we go into the individual adjustments made to your headsail and mainsail for proper sail trim we need to understand the 4 main elements of sail trim. Here is a brief description of each element along with how to control it. I. Draft Depth- belly of the sail. […]

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Teak Maintenance (Bob Ragolia)

Posted by Michael Bandera - May 29, 2017 - sailboat maintenance, sailing knowledge, Sailing Tip
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Every year it distresses me to see my fellow sailors painstaking sand their boats teak to bare wood, carefully tape the deck, then apply two or three coats of their favorite teak coating, while sometimes ignoring the manufacturers explicate instructions. A year or two later, all their hard work vanishes, leaving behind the dismal residue […]

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Selecting the proper anchor rode for your sailboat

Posted by Michael Bandera - April 12, 2017 - sailing knowledge, Sailing Tip
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Now that you have selected the proper anchor for your sailboat it is next essential that we assist you in selecting the proper anchor rode.  Depending on the size and type of your sailboat your choices are either a combination of rope/chain rode or all chain.  On our Catalina 30 sailboat we have a rope/chain […]

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Sailing Knots – Figure 8

Posted by Michael Bandera - August 2, 2014 - sailing knowledge, Sailing Tip
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Of all the sailing knots, the figure 8 is the simplest to learn.  That being said it is also one of the most important knots on a sailboat.  The figure 8 or “stopper knot” as many sailors refer to it, is used to prevent a line from slipping through a fairlead.  A stopper knot should be […]

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Selecting The Proper Anchor For Your Sailboat

Posted by Michael Bandera - June 9, 2014 - sailing knowledge
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Anchoring is one of the many joys of sailing.  It allows you to visit sheltered coves, explore distant shores, and experience the tranquility of nature.  Many sailors, however, do not enjoy anchoring for a variety of reasons mostly attributed to a lack of knowledge and experience.  My intention is to share some of my experiences […]

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Coast Guard Required Safety Equipment Needed For Sailing

Posted by Michael Bandera - April 28, 2014 - sailing knowledge
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Sailing is one of the safest watersports that you can choose for you and your family to participate in.  That being said there are potentially dangerous situations that can arise.  The Coast Guard required safety equipment enables the skipper and crew to be better prepared for these emergencies.  Here is a list of some of the […]

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Sailing Knots- Bowline

Posted by Michael Bandera - January 4, 2013 - sailing knowledge
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The bowline is among the most commonly used knots on a sailboat.   At the sailing school it is sometimes referred to as the “king of knots” because of it’s importance to sailors.  It is used by sailors to make a secure loop in the end of a line.  The bowline is also usefull to attach objects, such […]

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Preparing a Sailboat for a New Jersey Winter

Posted by Michael Bandera - November 18, 2012 - sailing knowledge
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Many of our sailing school graduates who have become sailboat owners are interested and concerned on how they should prepare their sailboats and engines for a cold New Jersey winter.  At our sailing school, which is located in New Jersey, we have 4 sailboats to prepare each year for a winter lay-up.  So we have […]

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