SAIL - - Experience Under Sail -

• I never clearly ex­plained to Mil­lie why we didn’t turn at the buoy • I should have used the nav­i­ga­tional aide on the is­land as the ref­er­ence point rather than just tell Mil­lie to go to the is­land; she might have felt safer go­ing to a nav­i­ga­tional aid

Plenty of good old boats are still go­ing strong but have worn-out deck gear. Main­sheet trav­el­ers are es­pe­cially prone to the rav­ages of time; tracks get chewed up, cars and sheaves wear out, and in­creas­ing fric­tion makes them less pleas­ant to use with ev­ery pass­ing year. Harken of­fers a neat so­lu­tion with its boxed-up, ready-to-in­stall re­place­ment trav­eler kits which in­clude cars and end con­trols. Just buy the cor­rect size and length of track and the nec­es­sary fas­ten­ers—not in­cluded in the kits be­cause all boats have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments—and you’re good to go with a sat­is­fy­ing up­grade project. The kits are avail­able in three sizes to suit boats from 20ft up to 60ft. From $555. Harken,

If there’s one word that de­scribes the boats com­pris­ing the class of 2018 in SAIL mag­a­zine’s an­nual Best Boats con­test it’s “fun.” From the Bo­real 47, a rock-solid alu­minum blue­wa­ter voy­ager ready and able to take you to the ends of the earth, or the Rev­erso, an 11ft dinghy that can be quickly dis­as­sem­bled and stuck in the trunk of your car at the end of the day, it would be hard to imag­ine a bet­ter bunch of boats for get­ting any­one with a pen­chant for sail­ing out onto the wa­ters of the world. Other de­signs that will un­doubt­edly max out peo­ple’s “smile-o-me­ters” are the Ea­gle 54, ar­guably the most gor­geous new pro­duc­tion boat cur­rently afloat; a pair of HH cats ca­pa­ble of blis­ter­ing speeds in any and all con­di­tions; a smaller Maine-built 38ft cat that does much the same with­out all the com­plex­ity; and the UFO, a fas­ci­nat­ing lit­tle boat that hopes to do for full-foil­ing sail­ing what the Sun­fish and Ho­bie 14 did for sail­ing in gen­eral in years past. See what we mean? Fun! What fol­lows is a list of all the boats that SAIL’s Best Boats judges will be ex­am­in­ing in the com­ing months. Be sure to check out our De­cem­ber is­sue to see which ones win.

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