Trim TabsLast time, we looked at outboard and stern drive tweaking to get the boat planing. Further to that we look at trim tabs as an additional means. The larger the boat, the more difficult this becomes through raising/lowering the outboard or sterndrive on its own.

Trimmed Outboard EngineUnlike a car that moves (and requires control) left and right (and perhaps, if you’re an adventurous type, up and down steep grades), and boat has significantly more range of motion. 

Sailboat RigI was recently reading a number of Facebook posts from sailboat owners’ groups, wondering why their cabin doors and cupboards were no longer opening properly.

Avoiding MishapsFull disclosure and confession: I enjoy watching boat failures and crashes on YouTube! As long as no one gets hurt, it’s a lot of fun and very entertaining.

Redwing Main and 150Most sailboat racing occurs at local sailing clubs, and usually after work hours on weekday evenings. It doesn’t sound as exotic as Voiles St Barth’s, Sardinia or the famous Sydney to Hobart race, but thousands of boats and crews are competing on weeknights against their arch nemesis on the end of Dock C.

High Aspect ClothOver the last decade, sailcloth weaving equipment has evolved and allowed the production of low crimp warp oriented woven cloth of medium to heavy weights. We have had light weight warp wovens of 200g/m2 (4oz) or lighter for much longer than that, but the finer denier weaves of light sailcloth allowed that with older looms and setups.

Author and First MateIf chartering is something you’ve been dreaming about, this series is really for you. BUT be forewarned...it can be addictive!

Bareboat CharteringIf chartering is something you’ve been dreaming about, this three-part article is really for you and I hope will encourage you to give it a try... BUT be forewarned...it can be addictive!

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British ColumbiaBritish Columbia's four-phase restart plan has entered Phase Two and residents of British Columbia are now invited to #exploreBC this summer. All going well, BC will encourage the rest of the country on July 1st and perhaps even see a border re-open in the coming months.

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