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Category: Sailboats

Everybody is on the same boat: why sailors and motor boaters hate each other (and why they shouldn’t)

“A sailor is born, not made. And by “sailor” is meant, not the average inefficient and hopeless creature who is found to-day in the forecastles of deepwater ships, but the man who will take a fabric compounded of wood and iron and rope and canvas…

Cooking on board: kitchenware and food-stocks on a cruise

Plainly speaking: I have nothing against restaurants, trattorias, bistrot and taberne scattered over the Mediterranean Sea. And I wouldn’t dream of recommending not to eat there during summer cruise stops. It’s only that, to me, cooking on board – in a roadstead or in a…

Quarreling on board: Why should it be impossible?

But true travellers leave to leave and that’s it: light, balloon-like hearts that only chance moves eternally, always say “Let’s go”, and they don’t know why. Their wishes have the shapes of the clouds”. (Charles Baudelaire) The pleasure of sailing: turning the bow out of…

Good boating practices: “Maintenance”

Our little journey through Good Practice goes on. Part one was about marinas, part two deals with boat maintenance.  Dozens of articles have been written on the subject, most of them very interesting and technically complete. Some of them can be read in this blog,…

Seasickness: sail or motor, remedies don’t change

The feeling of seasickness has to do with the inner ear, where the organs responsible for balance and equilibrium, sight and proprioception (perception of movement and special orientation) are located. These organs become overstimulated due to the rocking motion of a ship or a boat…

Servicing of outboards

Outboards can be divided into two wide families: portable outboards, whose power ranges between 2.5 and 15 hp, and those affixed to the vessel. These latter have higher power and weight and are usually linked to electronic controls. Portable outboards are simpler and are used…

New propulsion systems: future is behind the corner

To start with, let’s reply to a basic question and get rid of any hypocrisy: is sailing an ecological practice? If we are satisfied with dwelling in illusions and good intentions, then we’ll say <<of course it is, I sail without a drop of fuel,…

Joys and sorrows of the furler

The furler is no doubt one of the very first pieces of equipment able to give comfort and satisfaction onboard as well as hysteria and trouble in a matter of seconds. Over the last few decades the foresail, be it genoa or jib, has undergone…

Sailboat building, lifecycle and disposal

Gentlemen, the time has come at last! I have gone to sea! Well, maybe “gone to sea” is a little too much, as I just sailed a friend of mine’s boat -a Lombard still in lockdown- moored at the port of Genoa from dock to…

Good boating practices: “In a marina”

Part one Let’s just get this straight: this won’t be a handbook, nor a soap opera, nor, above all, a yachtsman’s decalogue of good manners. None of that! This trilogy is, much more humbly, a reflection on good practices for sailing i.e. some cues to…

Field test

Osculati has sent me 5 products in order to review their quality and usability on board. Here’s my report. LED light for indoor purposes Osculati code 13.488.12 It’s a convenient recess-fit light that, depending on its location, can also be mounted without boring the support….

Boat licence courses

Those approaching the world of boating, and of sailing in particular, have soon to face the highly-varied and debated world of boat licences. Why? Simple: after the first experiences at sea, after the first courses or the first sailings as guests of friends, the next,…