The barber hauler is a simple line attached to the jib clew or the jib sheet, which serves to pull the clew in a certain direction with the purpose of improving the jib position and shape. On my boat I use a barber hauler when sailing downwind to pull the clew down and out, and this helps me achieve a better jib shape, with less twist and more power.
Checking the weather is probably the most important thing you can do before going out sailing. In this video I'm showing the two programs I use for weather forecasting: Meteo Consult Marine on the mobile phone and Xygrib on the laptop. Both are free and have pretty accurate weather information for several days.
This is the second part of my sail to Spain across the Golfe du Lion - the return. I'm discussing the pros of offshore sailing, the use of the autopilot in tracking or wind vane mode, I'm showing an example of AIS usefulness and also another beautiful sunset. I tried filming nighttime sailing, but my camera is not sensitive enough to see anything, so we'll have to skip that part ;-)
I had a strange problem with the navigation systems on my ship. One morning I discovered the boat heading as reported by the course computer was way off the real heading and the autopilot was erratic. After resetting and recalibrating all the electronics aboard to no effect, I dug deeper and found a surprising culprit...
Heaving to is a way to stop the sailboat in the middle of the sea, in a stable position. It's a good skill to have, because it can stabilize the boat in rough weather, with less risk of being rolled over by the waves. But heaving to is also handy just to take a break, perform some tasks or even eat. This video shows how to heave to a modern cruiser with a narrow keel. Of course, this is just an example of what works for my boat. Every boat needs a different combination of sails and rudder position to heave to, so practice is essential to find the best way. Do not wait for a storm to try heaving to, practice it in good weather first.
Sailing in the fog can be quite disorienting and the risk of collisions is increased. My strategy to deal with the fog is based on awareness, visibility and the use of electronic systems like AIS and GPS to keep track of the ship's position, surroundings and nearby boats.
Created 1 year ago.
Category Sports & Fitness
Mostly sailing videos, or anything else that captures my fancy.