## More on Docking

This is the continued series on how to leave the dock in a sailboat (3) Wind pushing into the dock and current from behind. You can use exactly the same method as described in (2) above. (4) Wind pushing you onto the dock and current coming from forward. If the wind is light you can […]

## Leaving the Slip

This is the first in a series of blogs on how to leave a slip or end tie. Some combinations of wind and current can get complicated and some are easy. The first shown below is the easiest. Stay tuned to this series and we’ll show all. For all scenarios – Prior to push off: […]

## Momentum Discussion

Here is an exercise that everyone should do. It’s taken from the Maneuvering a Sailboat Under Power clinic which gives 20 different exercises to be able to confidently maneuver a sailboat. Exercise 1: Under power, and going down wind, move towards a marker or buoy and stop the boat with the buoy abeam of the […]

## Completed all the courses

Dear NauticEd, I am happy to say that I have taken and passed all of NauticEd’s courses. I thank you for setting-up this on-line school. It would have taken me years to get through this material in a regular classroom setting. I am looking forward to your future courses and clinics. With regards to the […]

## 20 point plan to rig for heavy weather

1. Reduce sail to the appropriate sail plan early. 2. Make storm sails ready. 3. Secure all deck gear 4. Fill fuel tanks from jerry jugs if necessary 5. Secure companionway slides and hatch closed and sealed from the deck. 6. There should also be a mechanism ready to secure the hatch from below. 7. […]

## Further elaboration of true vs apparent wind

There has been a request for further elaboration of the wind vectors as to why the true wind is always behind the apparent wind. Previously we used this diagram and the confusion is that the true wind vector is in front of the apparent wind vector. The following diagram explains the vectors better perhaps. The […]

## Learning to hold a straight course

One issue that appears most often with new sailors learning to sail is focusing too much attention on the electronic wind meter or the wind direction indicator (the pointy arrow thing at the top of the mast). The windmeter above which is installed on most modern sailboats shows that the wind is coming from 60 […]

## iMap

You can get an iMap weather plugin for your website or blog. The map below is in real time.

## Understanding true vs apparent wind

Here is an easy description of true wind and apparent wind. Put you hand outside the window of your car traveling at 60 miles per hour on a still day and your hand will feel a 60 mile per hour wind. That’s apparent wind yet the true wind is zero. What if the car was […]