Product Review: Magma BeachFire/Rio Grill

What’s better than a freshly grilled steak or cheeseburger after you’ve set anchor at the end of a full day of sailing? Anything you could cook on that wimpy alcohol stove in the galley? Share your nominees in the comments below. For the rest of us, the issue isn’t what but where, because that alcohol…

Try This Rudder Hack for Less Weather Helm

Perfect sail trim results in maximum forward speed, minimum heel, and a neutral helm. In other words, the sails are balanced between the headsail and the mainsail and the tiller requires little to no input to hold the sailboat’s heading. But we all know that perfection is elusive and it’s a moving target. Wind and…

Free Triple Axle Trailer

Tom Blanchard was a stingy sailor and an avid reader of this blog for years. Tom dreamed of sailing with his wife Deborah off the coast of Virginia in a classic Herreshoff 28 ketch that he would restore himself. But before that could happen, Tom died of a brain tumor.

The Essentials You Should Have in Your Onboard Toolbox

Some of us were Boy Scouts back in the day and we learned to be prepared. For the rest of us, we might not have gotten the lesson. Are you prepared for a gear failure aboard your sailboat? If you cruise offshore or in remote locations like I do, you could be many miles from…

Top 10 DIY Projects of 2020

2020 was another exciting year here at The $tingy Sailor with new all-time records: >2,200,000 page views from 139 countries >50,000 monthly page views in August >2,800 page views in one day in June >200 articles, most of which are projects >3,300 subscribers I’m very grateful and humbled that you have continued to visit, read,…

Unintimidated

What a year it’s been, right? For me, it’s gone by fast. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since I wrote Is COVID-19 Keeping You Off The Water? In another sense, everything seems to have slowed down and some plans have been put on hold or canceled. We definitely live in a very…

18 Perished in US Sailing Tragedies in 2019

Every year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard, and the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety publish a report of statistics about recreational boating accidents. The 2019 report was recently published and there were three more sailing deaths and 48 more injuries than last year.

Sew This Jib Sock to Protect Your Furled Headsails

If you install a cruising furler like I describe in Headsail Furlers For the Trailer Sailor and you don’t also add sacrificial cover strips to the leech and foot of your headsails, those edges of your sails will be constantly exposed to UV sunlight and the weather and will deteriorate much faster than the rest of…

Is COVID-19 Keeping You Off The Water?

It’s still a little early here in the northwestern US but some brave skippers are beginning to go sailing. For you folks on the coasts and more to the south, the weather shouldn’t be keeping you off the water but the novel Corona virus outbreak might. Mrs. $tingy and I have been self isolating for…