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Can I sail a raft on a European river with commercial traffic?

I'm thinking about sailing a part of the Danube, alone, on a self-built raft. I have no experience sailing rivers on any serious basis. I'm considering a raft for a number of reasons: It's cheap. ...
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When sailing, how do I rescue a man overboard?

If someone falls overboard from a sailboat, it is firstly imperative not to lose sight of the person since finding a man in water, especially when there's waves, can be very difficult. What ...
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How to minimize sea sickness?

I love sailing, and my wife loves the ocean, but she gets sea-sick often. Any advice on how to avoid sea-sickness in people prone to it? I'm looking for advice in terms of foods that are less of an ...
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Sailing with a child

Inspired by this question on taking an infant sailing, as it is quite different when they can move, I thought I'd ask the same question in respect of a toddler or child. What essential safety ...
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How to sail a packraft

I would like to use the wind to propel my packraft on passages over lakes. Are there any lightweight and/or improvised sail systems? Especially: how do I erect a mast on the packraft without it ...
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Techniques for building a raft from wood

What are some good techniques to use (materials, knots, etc.) for building a raft by gathering wood in the local area? I'm talking about something to sail on still or slow moving bodies of water, not ...
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When stranded at sea, should I not ask for a tow?

I've been told that you should never ask for a tow when you are stranded at sea. The reason given is that the person towing can claim a huge share of the stranded boat, potentially all of it if it's ...
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How should I check the anchor is secure when I anchoring a small yacht off unfamiliar land?

When sailing I may anchor in a different bay each evening and take a dinghy in to land to sleep in a tent overnight. I always worry that when I wake up in the morning the boat may no longer be ...
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Sailing with an infant

My wife and I are thinking about sailing with our ~ 6 month old baby boy. We understand this is not something to take lightly, and we're planning either a canal/river sail or a sail in a very calm sea ...
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Identify this sailing insigina

I recently inherited a small sailing boat similar to a Sunfish (roughly 12'x5'). However, I'm pretty sure it's not a sunfish, and I'm trying to identify it by the insignia on the sail. Does anyone ...
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What is the aspect ratio of a keel and how does it affect your how your boat sails?

I have heard of aspects of sails and keels, and it seems that taller skinnier sails and keels have this higher aspect ratio. What is it and what does it do for your sailing?
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How would you evaluate sailing lessons for adults?

I am lucky enough to live within an hour of several cities (or large towns) on Lake Ontario, and near "cottage country" which is full of lakes. I'm considering a learn-to-sail program this summer. A ...
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Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?

I have been considering adding a sail to my open 17 foot Coleman canoe. Browsing images on the internet show pretty much every imaginable configuration but they all share 3 or 4 combinations of ...
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Maxi Yacht: How do the keel and the hull align when heeled over?

Modern racing Maxi Yachts are shaped like a wedge of cheese. The keel is aligned axially with the centerline of the boat. When the boat heels over in the wind, the outer edge of the hull is the only ...
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What are the main disadvantages to a kiteboat in terms of long distance bluewater sailing?

A kiteboat is essentially a boat that uses a kite instead of a sail for propulsion. This seems like an intriguing concept, and an interesting alternative to the traditional sailboat designs. As ...
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What's the fastest and easiest way to replace an in-boom outhaul?

I have an old 20' racing sailboat where the outhaul is mostly missing. The wire is there at the end of the boom, but there's no rope coming out to cleat it. How can I run a new rope through the boom? ...
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How do I calculate how much lift an outrigger needs?

I have been thinking of putting a sail on my canoe with will probably require the use of an outrigger. (related: Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?) I was thinking about using a section ...
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What is the hand-pedal device called on an Open 60 sailboat?

Open 60 sailboats have a pedal-looking control in the middle of the cockpit. Does anyone know what it does and how it works? Image source: ...
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Difference between full keel and fin keel?

What are the performance and behavior differences between a full keel and a fin keel on a sailboat, and when would I want to choose one over the other?
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Changing the shrouds, how would I know how far if I need to?

I have a lelievlet and want to add a lignite and a mizzen mast. Therefore I need to know how much I need to change the shrouds, anyone can help me by explaining how? edit: What data do I need to ...
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Crew requirements for sailing a ketch

When sailing a traditional twin mast ketch, what are the recommended crew requirements? Let's assume the following for simplicity: Captain has 6-pack maritime license. Captain and passengers ...
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What's the best way to remove layers of bottom paint from a sailboat hull?

What is the best / easiest method for removing multiple layers of ablative bottom paint from a sailboat hull? I have acquired a sailboat which has 3-5 layers of different bottom paints. I want to get ...
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Things to consider when choosing a sailing club

Apart from the obvious like price and location(s) what should I look for when choosing a sailing club? Some of the things are difficult to assess, tips on assessment are welcome. I want this question ...
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How long is the battery life of a GPS tracker, when used to detect motion only?

I was looking at GPS Trackers such as Spark Nano 4.0. I wanted to apply one of these devices inside my boat to exclusively use it for motion detection in case of theft. The battery life of this ...
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Activity for long voyage [closed]

What should the crew and passengers do on the long voyage? If they do nothing, the attention is scattered and become remiss. You can begin to wash the boat, but I do not think that is the best ...
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Additional boating rules in addition to COLREGS?

I had a sailing test a few weeks ago and in it I was presented with the B flag and was asked what it means and what would be the applicable light at night. I know the answer is "carrying dangerous ...
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Renting a boat for overnight in ocean? [closed]

I want to rent a boat (not a pontoon, but one with a sleeping area, bathroom etc.) which I can use for an overnight stay in open ocean. I am an absolute beginner about boats and don't know anything ...