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Magnetic North?

What is Magnetic North? | Expert Advice

Two weeks ago, a little birdie sent this article our way. It circulated around the upstairs office at APS, and we thought something about it just didn’t jive with our understanding of magnetic north and how it affects sailors. Luckily, my fiancé might be considered an expert when it comes to such things – and I clicked it over to him for an explanation. Here’s what Ocean Engineer, Sailor, and Guest Writer Karl McLetchie has to say in response to […]

Up Your Racing Game With Laser Wind Indicators: A Hands on Look

How to Choose a Laser Sailboat Wind Indicator | Expert Advice

Many believe that one of the great things about sailing a Laser is how simple it is. There”s very little you can change or tweak about the boat – you just get in and go racing. One of the few things you can add to aid your performance is a Laser Wind Indicator. Sure, adding a wind indicator won”t turn heads like a new Laser Sail, new Line, new blocks, or like Chris does when he goes out for a night on […]

Wrap it up!

Dynaglide Teflon and UHMWPE Sailboat Tapes | Expert Advice

My father always preached to me about safety. “Don”t drink and boat, wear a PFD, and always wrap your ring dings,” he”d say. Of course, I may or may not have taken those life lessons to mean “always make sure your beer has a coozie so your hands don”t get cold” but that”s not what today”s lesson is about. Today”s lesson has to do more with the latter part of his suggestions. Wrapping it up…with tape! If duct tape is […]

Mac Design Deck Labels – Invasion of the Giant Sticker People

Mac Design Sailboat Deck Label Stickers | Expert Review

So maybe the new deck labels and polar charts from Mac Designs are not quite as exciting as the title might imply, but they”re pretty cool. Mac Designs is a graphics design company based in Newport that does all sorts of designs for some big time race programs including Numbers and Moneypenny. You”ve probably seen the Accutak deck labels that have been around for a while. Mac Designs has now come out with a few more stickers for your boat to […]

Hands On: Weather/Wind References, Part II

Wind Stretegy Book | Expert Review

For the second installment in my look at books to help your “pump up” your wind/weather game, I’m going to take on the only other book that I feel is in the leauge of North U’s “Weather for Sailors”. Other examples of pumping up: Reebok Pumps, a terrible Christian Slater movie & Hanz and Franz. “Wind Strategy” by David Houghton and Fiona Campbell was kind of a surprise for me. I can’t really explain why I expected less from the […]

Book Suggestions

Racing Rules of Sailing Book Suggestions | Expert Advice

See all these books here. It’s December and with that flip of the calendar many of you will be putting away your sailing gear to turn your attention to holiday parties, finding the right gift and not looking fat in that winter parka (we suggest vertical stripes). And while it would be easy to replace the time you normally spent on-the-water with football games, snow tires and your family (you know, trivial things…), I’d humbly submit that you should carve […]