'When was your yacht last surveyed?' - Insurance surveys explained Nov
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Category: Technical Author: Ben Sutcliffe Davies and Graham Snook Description: Technical: Insurance surveys explained
Why might you need an insurance survey and what does it entail? Ben Sutcliffe Davies explains, as Graham Snook puts his pride and joy under Ben's scrutiny.
Category: Construction & design / Practical / Race & racing / Races & racing / Racing technique / Sails, rigs & rigging / Technical Author: Jonty Sherwill Description: Performance: 5 tips
Designers work hard to create fast yachts, but much can be done to optimise a boat's rating. Jonty Sherwill asked measurement experts for their tips.
Category: Boat handling / Handling / Practical / Seamanship & safety / Technical Author: Jonty Sherwill Description: Performance: 5 tips
You've lost it, but a quick recovery from a wipeout can save the day. Jonty Sherwill asked top match racer Ian Williams for his five recovery tips.
Category: Technical Author: Greg Goulding Description: Woven, laminate or membrane - which is best for your boat? Choosing the right cut. (Cross cut. Radial cut.)
Dacron and its derivatives. Woven sails. Premium woven sailcloth. Reinforced Dacron. Laminates and membranes. Laminate sails. Multi-piece membrane. Single-piece membrane.
A digital revolution - The latest in instrument technology Apr
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Gear & equipment / Technical Author: Matthew Sheahan Description: New technology: Digital instrumentation aboard
From flat screens to digital switching, Matthew Sheahan explores the latest in digital instrument technology: Large flat screens, digital switching and Signal K.
Category: Handling / Practical / Technical Description: Displacement cruising - The facts
From the safety of your decks to the contents of your stomach, if you are serious about going slow, there are some considerations to make before you reign in horses.
Category: Technical Author: Geoff Pack Description: BOC race fleet
The BOC race fleet is currently circumnavigating. Geoff Pack, looked over the boats in Newport and ponders the likely spin-offs for the cruising man.
Category: Technical / Electrics & electronics Author: Colin Jones/Don Alexander Description:
What is AIS and how does it work?; Is it useful for leisure boating?; Is it worth the investment? (keywords: Automatic Identification System)
All bugged up - Putting the diesel bugs under the microscope Mar
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Category: Technical Author: Peter Nielsen Description: Bacteria in your fuel can ruin your day - or your engine
Putting the diesel bugs under the microscope. The algal alternative, feeding on diesel. Good housekeeping guide - spring-cleaning a diesel fuel tank. Bacteriological warfare.
Category: Construction & design / Technical Author: Peter Nielsen/Simon Jinks Description: Anchoring techniques
There's more to anchoring than just dropping the hook and putting the kettle on. Peter Nielsen & Simon Jinks try out some useful techniques which will give you renewed faith in your trusty anchor.
Category: Technical Author: Dr Colin Anderson Description: Will the paint that works well in Falmouth be as effective in Faversham?
Dr Anderson looks at the causes of fouling and what coatings can be used to combat the effects. What type of fouling is predominent in each area of our coast.
Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Practical / Technical Author: Louise Busby Description: Investigation: Using computers on board: internet, e-mail, chartplotting, weather forecasts
There's a whole host of reasons why you might want to access to a computer while you are boating: as a navigation aid, for email communication, for internet access or simply for entertainment. here's how to get set up.
Category: Technical Author: Alastair Buchan Description: Technical
We rely on bow rollers and cleats without giving them a second thought, Should we be paying them more attention? Alastair investigates.. Fittings and fastenings. Corrosion. Loads.
Category: Technical Author: YM staff & contributors Description: Humour (and help!)
The ability to improvise when things go wrong is an improtant asset to a yachtsman. Here, YM staff and contributors confess to some of their own lash-ups...
Category: Construction & design / Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Navigation / Practical / Technical Author: Graham Bailey Description: How It Works - Autopilots
Nothing could be simpler. You just dial in a course and the software does the rest. Easy. But have you ever wondered what's going on down below? Graham Bailey dismembers and autopilot.