Sailboat Parts Explained: Illustrated Guide (with Diagrams)

When you first get into sailing, there's a lot of sailboat parts to learn. Scouting for a good guide to all the parts, I couldn't find any, so I wrote one

By Shawn Buckles Sailing Guides
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9 Ways to Learn to Sail for (Practically) Free

Don't own a boat, but want to learn to sail? In this article, I'll share some ways that will actually help you to learn to sail and that are either cheap or

By Shawn Buckles Beginner Info
How To Sail Into the Wind (in 7 Simple Steps)
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How Much Do Sailing Lessons Cost?

If you're new to sailing and want to learn the old-fashioned way, you need to take sailing lessons. But are they as expensive as people say? And what's a good

By Shawn Buckles Beginner Info
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Nautical Chart Types Explained (Illustrated Guide)

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15 Surprising Benefits of a Ketch Rig (and 7 Cons)

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12 Surprising Advantages of a Gaff Rig (and Some Cons)

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9 Things You Can Do Now To Become A Yacht Captain

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9 Easy Expert Tips for Anchoring a Boat Near Shore

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Here Are the Most Stable Boat Hull Designs (with Examples)

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info

What Type of Hull Handles Rough Water the Best?

By Shawn Buckles in Beginner Info

The Minimum Water Depth for Different Types of Boats

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How To Live on a Sailboat: Consider These 5 Things

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Here's What Shoes to Wear Sailing (and which not)

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