No boat is complete without the equipment it carries and this often presents the skipper with some difficult choices. There is rarely a simple answer to every question but this section helps debate the alternatives.

Knowing the ropes

Although ropes may look very much the same, there are important differences in their characteristics. This article distinguishes between the various types

Clew outhaul and cunningham

When it comes to trimming mainsails, clew outhauls and cunninghams are often overlooked 


Some rigs look handsome, others look mundane. It's all too easy to be swayed by sentiment when choosing a rig type.

Windvane self steering

Steer your sailboat without using electricity? A good and practical alternative is to let the wind do the work.

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