The Xp 44 is the latest performance racer/cruiser from X-Yachts of Denmark. X-Yachts have utilized the latest techniques in design and construction to create Sailing World’s “2014 Boat of the Year” and one of SAIL’s “Best Boats 2014.”
The latest vacuum-infused epoxy E-glass process and a carbon keel grill reduce displacement significantly while improving the strength-to-weight ratio and ballast-to-displacement ratio, resulting in a faster, stiffer, more stable yacht. Owners can choose a racing or cruising package, with options including a taller carbon rig accompanied by a deeper keel, a removable carbon bowsprit, a “popup” cockpit table, and a folding bathing platform.
A sliding navigation seat gives the option of having a forward-facing nav station or a full-length settee/berth with an entertainment center. The Xp 44 is available at Rodgers Yacht Sales in Noank, CT. Visit rodgersyachtsales.com or call 860-536-7776 to learn more.
Light on a clipper
In the article “Tall Ships on Canvas” [July 2013], author J. Russell Jinishian mentions that the clipper St. Mary ran into a British ship, Magellan. The Magellan belonged to Hemenway Browne of Boston (now Wessel, Duval & Co.) and was built in 1873 at the East Boston Shipyards. It was great to see the painting of the St. Mary and know the ship that was involved in the collision. We have been looking for information on the Magellan for many years and are wondering if you might have any information. It was a classic American clipper but we know very little of it. Are you able to shed some light on this clipper?
Frank Escalona, Wessel, Duval & Co.
by Paul Jacobs
Photos by Nancy Kaull except where noted
Nancy and I had just returned from the BVI when we were wondering where to go next! The
selection process was an adventure. Three earlier trips had been very different, but shared common elements we love: (1) visiting beautiful geographic locations, (2) swimming in warm ocean water, (3) snorkeling among colorful fish, and (4) sailing! In less than a year we had already experienced three wonderful voyages as part of the Sunsail owners program!
by Joe Cooper
Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series by Joe “Coop” Cooper, our Contributing Editor and the author of the monthly “Coop’s Corner” column, in which Coop is sharing his vast knowledge of shorthanded sailing and offering tips on cost-effective improvements to make your boat easier to handle with a small crew. If you missed Part I, you can read it online at windcheckmagazine.com.Read more
by Martin van Breems
The Dutchman Flaking System was born out of my frustration with lazy jacks, which catch the mainsail as it’s raised and
lowered, cause chafe, and make it harder to properly flake. Since 1986, we have built Dutchman Systems in Norwalk CT, with over 15,000 systems on boats from 20 to 90 feet.
by Leslie Ingwall
As with most other custom and consumable goods that you buy, you should consider what you are trying to achieve when determining your boat’s canvas needs. Are you looking for function or fashion? When it comes to canvas, the majority of boat owners want both function and fashion because they want their boat to display clean lines and they want to maximize their boat’s usable deck space.Read more
Mack Boring Moves to New Bedford
Diesel Workshop for Women is March 15 & 16
Mack Boring & Parts Co., one of the nation’s largest distributors of marine and industrial diesel engines, marine transmissions and related powertrain products, has opened a new diesel sales and service facility in New Bedford, MA. As home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the East Coast and convenient to a large number of industrial and recreational marine dealers, the New Bedford location will enable the company to better serve dealers, boat owners and OEM customers.Read more
You could win a J/70!
The Greenwich Bay Sailing Association (GBSA), a non-profit community sailing program established by the East Greenwich Yacht Club in East Greenwich, RI, is holding a fundraising raffle and one lucky sailor will become the owner of a brand new J/70 with a trailer.Read more
Time well spent
We all want to be on the water as much as possible, and when we’re not, many of us gather to talk about being on the water…One of the best ways I know for keeping my sailing skills sharp during the off season is to attend a seminar, workshop or presentation on a sailing- related subject. From basic sailing to coastal cruising to offshore racing and weather routing, there is a seminar for every sailor. Additionally, workshops that include simple and complex maintenance, ship care, diesel and electrical servicing are also extremely interesting and important. It is all time well spent.Read more
by Cynthia Goss
This winter, summer becomes a destination when the Providence Boat Show draws exhibitors from throughout New England to re-create a Northeast boater’s favorite season inside the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The show will be held January 31 to February 2 and will feature boats, gear and equipment, seminars, and plenty of inspiration from experts. Now in its 21st year, the Providence Boat Show was purchased by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) last fall, and organizers have revitalized the show with new features, a stronger sailing component, and a mix of events and exhibitors that reflects the boating diversity found inside the Ocean State and its marine industry.Read more