Learn to Sail

How to Use a Boat Compass (Complete beginners guide)

Every boat should have a compass and a sailor that knows how to use it. It isn't difficult to use one - it's just so easy to make mistakes if you've never

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The Ultimate Guide to Sail Types and Rigs (with Pictures)
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Maintain Your Boat

3 Ways to Convert Your Winches to Self-Tailing

Self-tailing winches are a great upgrade - but expensive. Luckily, there are a couple of budget ways to create your own self-tailing winches.

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How to Clean Your Boat's Freshwater Tank (Plastic & Aluminum)
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How to Clean Marine Exhaust Manifolds (The Best Way)
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Costs of Sailing

How Much Do New Sails Cost?

Sooner or later it needs to happen: you need to replace those precious sails. Everybody knows it's expensive, but how expensive exactly? Let's look at the data.

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How Much Fuel Does a Sailboat Use?

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