Category: Sailing Tip

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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How To Choose A Sailing School

Posted by Michael Bandera - August 15, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN SELECTING A SAILING SCHOOL                                     Most novice sailors do not have a complete understanding of the proper plan to becoming a confident and competent sailor.  They need to depend on sailing professionals. Being  an  ASA sailing instructor of an outstanding award winning ASA sailing school […]

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Weather Websites For Sailors

Posted by Michael Bandera - July 11, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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Weather stations and websites are often regionalized, which gives us a good overall picture of the weather conditions and forecasts.  However, because the area we sail, Barnegat Bay, has its own microclimate we often need a weather site that targets a more localized area. Sailors not only need a reliable weather forecast but also a […]

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How to Tune Your Rig

Posted by Michael Bandera - May 21, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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Whether you would like to get the optimal performance out of your sailboat or just trying to keep your mast upright, a well tuned rig is the key.  The goal of a properly tuned rig is to have a mast that is straight, better control of sail shape, and proper helm balance in a variety […]

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Wax On/ Wax Off

Posted by Michael Bandera - April 16, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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Fiberglass boats get their color and gloss from a very thin layer of special resin called gelcoat.  Over the years,  UV radiation, salt, and neglect can damage this gelcoat layer making your boat’s hull dull and chalky. You must clean and wax your boat regularly in order to protect this fragile layer from being eroded.  […]

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Should You Buy or Rent Your First Sailboat?

Posted by Brian Austad - December 28, 2011 - Sailing Tip
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First off I must confess that I own 4 sailboats. I love them all and I love working on them. But if you take the emotional attachment away from owning your own sailboat and strictly go by economics the decision is an easy one to make. The Cost of Owning vs Renting a Sailboat (DaySailer) […]

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