Tag Archives: Skipper’s Tip

Docking & Communication

I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to observe a skipper trying to dock a 30 to 35 foot sailboat. I say trying because it took 4 missed approaches before number 5 finally worked, and even that one … Continue reading

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Prop Walk – by Bill Yawn

PROP WALK Recently while reading a book on advanced docking techniques it was observed that the explanation of prop walk was described as the same effect of a rotor tiller moving across the ground.  In other words the blades on … Continue reading

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Skipper’s Tip – SHIPS!

We’ve all watched as they slink slowly and silently across the bay.  Some of them are a few hundred feet long and others over 1,000 feet and for the most part small boaters stay out of the way.  Some never … Continue reading

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Skipper’s Tip – Jib Furling

Furling the jib can be easy and painless, or it can be hard work and even dangerous, depending on how you approach it. Here’s a tip that will help you keep it calm, under control, and less of a workout! … Continue reading

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Safe Boat Handling

Safe Docking At Tradewinds, we like to stress handling lines from the boat, not the dock, whenever possible. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t learn how to properly step on and off a boat because not all line handling can be … Continue reading

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Your First Few Sails

Too often, the tips you read are directed towards experienced sailors trying to improve on their sailing skills.  It seems like tip writer’s forget about the new sailor.  Here are a few thoughts to consider during those first few very important … Continue reading

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Know Your Depths

We had an opportunity recently to check depths in the mooring field at Ayala Cove and the docks at Sam’s Anchor Cafe. The results were surprising! At a zero tide: Depths on the west and southwest sides of the mooring … Continue reading

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What’s in a Gust

A few days ago I was checking the weather forecast for that day on San Francisco Bay.  It was a pretty mild wind forecast for late August, winds from the SW at 15 with gusts to 25, however it got … Continue reading

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Beware the Lee Shore!!!

We have all heard it and all believe it, but really, what is a Lee Shore. Its not just the “land” to leeward … it’s also the row of boats behind you as you back out of an upwind slip. … Continue reading

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Crew Overboard Practice

You can never practice crew overboard recoveries too much! If a real crew overboard happens you want instinct and “muscle memory” to take over. Only practice will get you to that point. For a bit of extra practice try cleaning … Continue reading

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