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23/ag./2021

Two solo sailors finish their round-Britain attempts on the same weekend

The youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate Great Britain single-handed and an octogenarian undertaking a similar feat in the opposite direction completed their journeys at the weekend at opposite ends of the country.

Fourteen-year-old Katie’s homecoming to the River Exe on Saturday, seven weeks after setting off on 30 June, marked the culmination of an...

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23/ag./2021

If you need room to swing a cat (or two) on passage the Island Packet 350 is rock steady and roomy enough, writes Rupert Holmes

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This Florida-based yard has produced a range of distinctive long keel serious cruising designs for more than 40 years. These are quality yachts, with a high level of standard equipment and a great deal of attention to detail.

The Island Packet 350 was launched in 1996, with the first examples arriving in the UK soon afterwards via importer Opal Marine.

When you...

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20/ag./2021

In part two of the PBO Project Boat survey we take a look at the seacocks, gas installation, electrics, engine, sails and more...

A boat survey is really important for anyone buying – or even acquiring – a secondhand boat.

Last month we asked marine surveyor Ben Sutcliffe-Davies to take a look at the PBO Project Boat, Maximus. The 43-year-old Maxi 84 was offered to us by reader...

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20/ag./2021

Allan Terhune from Annapolis, MD is the 2021 Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) MC Scow Champion, winning 4 of 7 windy races on Lake Okoboji, IA. Allan has won multiple national class championships. He is the manager of one-design sails…

The post ILYA MC Scow Champion Interview: Allan Terhune, Jr. appeared first on SailZing.

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20/ag./2021

Liveaboards Dave and Hazel McCabe spent five years converting a wooden trawler into a motor-sailer.

When my partner, Dave, has a mad idea, he normally finds a way to make it happen. “I’d like to sail across the Atlantic,” he declared one day. “Uh-oh!” I thought.

We were already liveaboards – we had a motor-cruiser that was suitable for winter jaunts down the French Canals and earned us a living as a passenger ferry across the River Exe. But it was hardly suitable for an ocean crossing.

We needed something bigger, sturdier...

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20/ag./2021

The brilliant DIY determination of 13-year-old Katie McCabe earned her a wooden boat with a whole new life ahead of it

My name is Katie, but I prefer to be called Sade (pronounced Sayd). I am 13 years old and over the winter and spring (2019-2020), through the pandemic, I restored a 1950s Morgan Giles-built West Channel One Design sloop.

I have spent my whole life on boats. In 2000, my parents bought an old fishing trawler, Ros Ailither, which they spent five years converting into a motor-sailer. They lifted the whole deck...

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20/ag./2021

This poster child for the 1990s bowsprit revolution now looks more like an affordable offshore/coastal performer, writes Rupert Holmes

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While no subsequent J-boat has matched the J/24 in sales, the brand nevertheless became hugely successful across the globe.

The company went on to lead the world in adopting asymmetric spinnakers, first with the J/22 in 1983 and then the J/92 in 1992 and J/105 three years after that.

The latter was also set up to allow easy short-handed sailing. Cowes Week photos...

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18/ag./2021

A compelling episode from Youtube channel Sailing Fair Isle makes embarrassing viewing for the Croatian tourist board. Kass Schmitt reports

While in the past I’ve been mildly critical of Steve and Judy on Sailing Fair Isle for struggling to leave their former day jobs as news editors/correspondents behind, this surfeit of polish and professionalism has not kept me from watching and enjoying their videos for the past...

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18/ag./2021

This US design was launched in 2000 and offered more accommodation volume than many European designs at the time, writes Rupert Holmes

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Hunter Marine became a major force in boatbuilding from the 1980s through to the financial crisis of 2008, with the boats sold in the UK under the Legend brand to avoid confusion with the British Hunter range.

In the early 2000s a manufacturing base at Portland in Dorset was established to supply the European market,...

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16/ag./2021

Replacing seacocks is a straightforward job, and on Maximus it's not worth trying to salvage them, advises marine surveyor

This seacock will need to be replaced

The worn seacocks on PBO Project Boat Maximus are going to have to go. During the survey of the 28ft Maxi 84, marine surveyor Ben Sutcliffe-Davies points out that they’re clearly over 5 years old and corroded.

He also notes that the hose tails are incorrectly clamped.

“This one makes me laugh because we talk about double clamping but the clamps aren’t...

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