The bowline can be used to make giant loops, temporarily fasten lines together, lift heavy objects, and serve a host of other purposes onboard.
How to make a safe wind-bound departure with your boat.
With practice, you should be able to lasso a piling with a mooring line from, say, 8 or 10 feet off.
How Well Do You Know Your Pretty Boats?
Few descriptions defy definition as well as "pretty" but the strength of the adjective lies in its subjectivity. We've got 14 pretty boats for you to look at, drool over, and, hopefully, identify correctly. See how your observational skills and knowledge of boat designs from the past to today stack up against our quiz.
Both of these new releases from sperry promise boaters superior grip and lightning-fast drying times. We tested them out to see if their claims hold water.
Our first look at the Azimut Atlantis 43.
This 43 has big-boat luxury in a relatively small package—and she’s got ambition written all over her.
You can go big, but don’t forget to keep it simple.
Our Boat Test of the Wider 32.
The Wider 32 is a high-end little vessel for serious boaters. And though she may look unorthodox at first, there’s a method to her madness.
One reader found out the hard way why you should probably just listen to the dockmaster.
Our Boat Test of the Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP.
With a straightforward propulsion package, a time-tested hullform, and an artisanally crafted interior, the Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP delivers the goods in a very far-flung locale.
Our first look at the Horizon E78.
Man this thing could really change the game as far as Great Lakes cruising goes. Who needs Lambeau Field when you could drop the E78’s hook in Green Bay in early September and catch the Packers season opener on the tube?
Winter Is Coming.
Winterizing your boat doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. Here are 8 ways to make the whole thing simpler.
Making sure everyone on board is safe is a captain’s number-one priority. But sometimes things can go awry when help is very far away. The right preparation will allow you to embark on long cruises with confidence.
The Volvo Ocean Race may be the toughest on-water race in the world. Naturally, its competitors know a whole heck of a lot about boating—and in particular, boating safety.
Our first look at the Tiara Q44.
Is Your Compass Deviant?
Sometimes your compass needs repair, or loses its heading. Check it now.
Our Boat Test of the Austin Parker 64 Fly S.
The Austin Parker 64 Fly S may have roots extending back to the working lobster boats of Maine, but it’s hard to be sure considering she’s got so much European style. However, she definitely retains the seakeeping characteristics of those trustworthy vessels.
Do you really need more than a tablet and some apps to navigate?
Our first look at the Sea Blade 35. Thanks to a hull design that you won’t see many other places, the Sea Blade 35 from New England Boatworks in conjunction with Navatek can handle rough seas and heady speeds.
It’s hot, cramped, and hard to reach, but your engine room still needs a good scrub now and then. Here’s how the pros do it.
Wakesurfing may challenge everything you thought was desirable in a boat.
Our boat test of the Oceanic 90 STS Expedition Yacht.
The Oceanic 90 STS Expedition Yacht may be built for the long haul and some big-time adventures, but that doesn't mean her builders skimped on onboard comforts.
Easy cleanup and lightning-fast dry times are just a couple reasons why Pettit’s Neptune 5 might be the next bottom paint for your boat.
Our first look at the Maritimo M65. The Maritimo M65 was built to withstand the rugged marine environs surrounding her Australian home. But those excellent seafaring qualities payoff wherever she may roam.
Our Boat Test of the Azimut 50.
A lot is expected from a 50-foot boat. And Azimut was up to the challenge with its 50, which we found to have comfort, speed, and lots of good looks.
Sometimes there's no sense in going down with the ship.