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02/set./2021

Built in the UK as Trapper 500 and Trapper 501 you can seat seven around the table down below on the C&C 27, writes Rupert Holmes

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Shortly after the Viking 28 was launched C&C became established as boatbuilders in their own right and went on to produce a huge range of successful racing and cruising designs.

One of their first models, launched in 1970, was this much more cruising oriented design that was ahead of its time in many...

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02/set./2021

Rupert Holmes explains the extraordinary appeal of the Sunfish, a crab-claw rigged sail board-style dinghy that rules the waves

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Today Britain is the world’s largest producer of sailing dinghies, but the story was different 50 to 60 years ago, when many countries produced huge numbers of small boats as sailing rapidly gained popularity across the developed world.

Connecticut-based Alex Bryan and Cortlandt Heyniger launched the 11ft 8in (3.5m) Sailfish – a beautifully simple, but narrow, board style...

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02/set./2021

You can tell these sails are ok by the noise they make when you scratch them, says Ben Sutcliffe Davies during the survey of our Maxi 84 Project Boat

Marine surveyor Ben Sutcliffe-Davies at the survey of Maximus

Good news – the sails on Maximus seem to be in good condition, apart from the UV strip. During the survey of the Maxi 84, Ben Sutcliffe-Davies warned that there’s only so much you can see when it comes to sails; to see how good a sail is you really need to take a boat sailing. 

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01/set./2021

It’s worth trying any seasickness cure once, but what if you try them all at the same time? Dave Selby shares the results of his experiment...

My mate Sea Sick Dave knows more about seasickness than anybody I’ve ever come across. In fact he’s an expert, and his partner Kate says he suffers so acutely that just the sight of water with washing-up liquid in it makes him have to lie down, start moaning, roll his eyes and break out in sweats....

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01/set./2021

The world’s most famous physicist was a devoted, if unconventional, yachtsman. What name would you give an amateur sailor who capsized, hit rocks, and ignored bad weather? Who nearly collided with other boats, refused to wear a life jacket although he couldn’t swim, frightened passengers with his recklessness, and neglected his vessel’s upkeep? The name […]

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31/ag./2021

Built as the Jaguar 22 and Alacrity 22 in the UK this Frank Butler design has been in continuous production since 1969 with over 18,000 units sold, writes Rupert Holmes

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When he launched this modest ballasted centreboarder in 1969 Frank Butler is reputed to have said he would consider it a success if he built 100 boats.

Six years later the 5,000th boat left his Catalina Yachts factory and the model has remained in continuous production for more than 50 years, albeit with many improvements during...

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27/ag./2021

We decided to tackle the topic of shore effects on lakes after seeing examples on Lake Okoboji and running across a great video from the Wayzata (MN) Yacht Club, featuring Gordy Bowers discussing the Winds of Minnetonka. As we’ll show,…

The post Shore Effects on Lakes – Examples and Cautions appeared first on SailZing.

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27/ag./2021

Built in the UK as the Trapper 28 - the accommodation on the C&C Viking 28 is cramped but the sailing is good, writes Rupert Holmes

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This Cuthbertson & Cassian-designed 28-footer was built by Ontario Yachts in Canada from 1968 onwards. At that time the C&C Viking 28 still represented a radical concept, with a short fin keel, separate spade rudder, light displacement and low freeboard.

The boat proved well mannered, quick and seaworthy, with a number making noteworthy voyages,...

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26/ag./2021

Dave Carey on how a rig inspection, swages, chainplates and stem fittings; measure up and order new wire and stainless fittings and re-rig and retune the mast on a 47ft cruising yacht... while living aboard with family in the Caribbean

rig inspection

As a former RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) aircraft technician, I was always going to perform a thorough rig check before attempting my first ocean crossing.

Our 1984 Moody 47 Roam...

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25/ag./2021

They say you're never more than a mile or two from a J/24 but is there a cruising future for this 1970s race design, asks Rupert Holmes

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The 1970s saw plenty of innovation on the USA’s north-eastern coasts. The wide-beam almost flush deck 24-footer Ragtime that Rod Johnston built in his garage over the winter of 1975/76 went on to win almost every race she entered the following summer.

That led to an agreement for Tillotson Pearson to build the boat on a production basis, while Rod’s...

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