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Specific Chinese carabiner QA?

This item might be identical to a certified one, but the seller is clearly not aware of certifications, so you should assume it is not certified - in short: Do not use this carabiner for safety-...
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Sailing an age-of-sail sloop with 2-man crew

Sailing any square-rigged vessel beyond a dinghy with just two crew would require some combination of specialist rigging, excellent ability to predict or know the weather, and extraordinary luck. The ...
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Why did Lewis and Clark use square rigged boats?

From the article you've linked, they were under sail a little more than one-tenth of the time [on the river]. Perhaps that could have been a bit greater if they were schooner- or lateen-rigged, but ...
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Renting a boat for overnight in ocean?

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

The good news Navigating the Danube with a raft is certainly possible, and has been done: for instance, Flossbusters are a group of Dresdners who went all the way from Bertoldsheim to the Black Sea ...
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Swimming while in the high seas

Yes. My wife is a geologist and has been on a couple of research cruises in the south Pacific and Indian oceans. It used to be quite common to have a "swim call" when the seas were calm. The vessel ...
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What is the hand-pedal device called on an Open 60 sailboat?

It is a 'on-station grinder', a centralized station for turning the winches of the sheets (lines) attached to the clew of a sail. They are multi-speed, meaning you can have a serious mechanical ...
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Renting a boat for overnight in ocean?

You've got quite a bit of study before you are ready for this kind of voyage. I am not how far off shore "open ocean" means to you, but if it's anything beyond swimming distance to shore, you're going ...
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Sailing an age-of-sail sloop with 2-man crew

Joshua Slocum completed the first single-handed circumnavigation in his sloop the Spray in 1895-98. This is somewhat late for the 'age of sail', but I don't believe he used any technology that wasn't ...
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Why did wetting down canvas sails increase the speed of a sailing ship?

Wetting the sails down helps hold more wind by closing the gaps and making the sails stand flatter. Now the sails had to be kept wet, for a wet sail holds more of the wind than a dry one. Water had ...
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What type of rope to use for the mainsheet of sunfish?

You most definitely want to be selective when selecting rope for a sailboat's running rigging. I'll group sailboats into two categories: racing and non-racing. Racing sailboat is simply any boat where ...
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Identify this sailing insigina

Reddit helped me out! It's a Sears Jet wind!
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Avoiding microbial contamination of diesel fuel

Bacteria and fungi can only grow in water, not in the fuel itself. If a fuel tank is unused and resting for a longer time, the small water content in the fuel can separate at the bottom and provide a ...
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What type of trailer do I need for my Granada 24 sailboat?

Do I need to use a trailer made to measure, or can I use any trailer that can carry any boat of a specific category within its range of specs (keel type, weight, and dimensions)? You don't need a ...
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Do square-riggers also use 'aircraft-wing-style' propulsion?

TLDR: Yes, square riggers can use the airfoil type propulsion, though not as effectively as a fore-and-aft rigged ship. In slightly more detail, there are two reasons why this is the case. Despite the ...
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What do the numbers on a sail boats sail represent?

One word: Racing The numbers themselves usually don't mean anything. Usually, the number is essentially "how many sails of this model have been produced before this one". So, the first boat will ...
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Specific Chinese carabiner QA?

The main issue is that fraud and misrepresentation is rife in the chinese manufacturing sector. When I was working in outdoors retail, I saw a couple press releases where Petzl was facing ...
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What are the main disadvantages to a kiteboat in terms of long distance bluewater sailing?

The examples on the site only show inshore sports sailing with a hydrofoil. This does look like fun, and downwind performance can be exceptional. Though I doubt that inshore fleet racing would be ...
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How can I prevent a fiberglass crack in my sailboat from getting worse?

Gelcoat cracking is pretty much a fact of life in boat ownership. The sun and water is a tough environment. However, gelcoat cracking is usually not too concerning as long as it is fixed right away. ...
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When trimming my sails, why would I want them to stand flat, versus having some belly?

I didn't intend to self-answer, but after hours of 'net searching I seem to have stumbled on the answer, provided by an Olympic Gold Medalist sailor from Australia, so I hope we can trust it. You can ...
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Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?

I looked into this a while ago when I was planning on making my own sailing rig for my canoe. The answer largely depends on the size of your sail, and whether or not you have a prominent keel, but if ...
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What is the purpose of being close-hauled when sailing upwind?

While a close-reach or beam-reach is going to give the vessel the highest speed through the water, this may not be what you want. Being close-hauled will point you higher so while you lose speed, the ...
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Contacting a yacht on IJsselmeer (Netherlands)

I looked up the GSM coverage map from KPN - the former state telephone company - and virtually all of the IJsselmeer is covered according to that on 4G. Can't tell from experience though but I'd ...
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Help me interface these two nautical devices

Garmin GPSMap 182C and Simrad TP32 share the same language (NMEA 0183), but they do not have enough in common to talk about. The NMEA sentences that the 182C can transmit are GPRMC, GPGGA, GPGSA, ...
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Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?

The right way to view the pros and cons is to understand the basic mechanics of how a sailboat works, so you can decide what's appropriate for your situation. The first thing to be aware of is that ...
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How is underdeck rigging done?

Not everything needs to be located underdeck, often some hardware is semi-sunk in the deck, or grouped at a navigation/manoeuvring location on the boat. This can make it less visible. Even in more ...
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What do you call it when a sailboat starts to have trouble?

I grew up around sailboats and live on an island. I have always heard the word "foundering" used to describe a boat taking on water and sinking. I have heard the word "flounder" ...
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What should I look for in a used wet suit?

You do not want a 6-7mm wetsuit for spring canoeing, you'd have trouble moving freely in it, and you would overheat very easily. They use 7mm wetsuits for arctic diving. I surf and swim in glacier ...
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What to do with a yacht when a stronger wind blast comes?

If your concern is regarding broaching, then the two actions you take are: allow the head to come towards the wind, reducing the sideways force. This can be instant. if needed, slacken the main, ...
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