Your Boat Cleaning Products Analysts Know We All Like The Shiny, Wet Paint Look to Last and Last

Raritan Engineering Company would love to share with you the following information regarding boat cleaning products and how to make your new paint job last for a long time.

The results derived from a professionally applied LPU topside refinish are as dramatic as the invoice that accompanies the makeover. The shiny, wet look and the protection it affords can last for years—whether it’s three years, five years, or nearly a decade depends upon how kindly the rejuvenated surface is treated.

Giving your topsides proper maintenance attention, like waxing regularly, will keep them looking healthy.

  • During application: Most well-executed LPU paint jobs begin with epoxy primers and fairing compounds as the underpinnings of a glistening LPU topcoat.
  • Cleaning: Regularly sponge washing the hull is the first step in preserving the topcoat’s shine. Avoid cleaning with scrub pads and gritty cleaners; this should be a completely non-abrasive effort.
  • Sailing is not a full-contact sport: More often than not, the decision to have the topsides re-painted has to do with localized damage that resulted from docking maneuvers gone awry, tussles at the starting line, or storm damage when a line gives way.
  • Wax On-Wax Off: After the first two or three seasons of washing and protecting the surface from winter-cover abrasion and line chafe, there’s often a need to tune up the gloss a bit.

The best bet is to follow up another good washing with a conventional carnauba-based wax like Mother’s California Gold or Collinite’s #885 (PS’s Best Choice for paste waxes, July 2009).

Your Boat Cleaning Products Experts Have All the Secrets to Waxing Your Boat Properly

Your boat cleaning products specialists know how important it is to breathe life into dull coats: Owners of boats with five- to seven-year-old intact LPU paint jobs that look dull but remain well adhered, can try rubbing out the surface with 3M Perfect-It rubbing compound and following up with a carnauba wax.

  • Repair care: Repairs to two-part LPU coatings are a true test of product awareness and applicator talent. The interesting challenge here lies in blending the old and the new, and blending the circumference known as the “overspray region.” Matching color change and gloss variation is even tougher than automotive work.

One of the reasons why AwlCraft and other slightly softer and more user-friendly acrylic-based LPU paints are growing in popularity is that they are much easier to repair and buff than polyester-based two-part paints. Their longevity is good, but not quite that of old standby Awlgrip.

If you are planning a new paint job and looking for a durable, long-lasting finish, the December 2012 issue of Practical Sailor compared linear polyurethane paints after three years.

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Your Marine Ice Makers Analysts Know How Important It Is to Replenish Your Energy

Raritan Engineering Company your marine ice makers specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to pack food for your next long sailing trip.

You probably have never asked yourself what you are going to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner between 6th November and late January or early February 2017, but this is something the Vendée Globe skippers have to think about well in advance. They also have to take into account different considerations from us. Firstly, they need to eat more to compensate for the energy they require, which is much more than someone sitting in an office.

Freeze-dried food and ready meals

Plan for more? It’s not as simple as that. They want to have just the right amount, as they have to pay attention to the weight taken aboard, as this can seriously affect performance. Your marine parts analysts know that the weight of the food is far from being unimportant: 120 to 180 kilos of supplies (with the cleaning and personal hygiene products). When they calculate the ideal amount, the favourites work on the basis of 80 to 85 days of food, with the others taking more with them.

We should not forget that food has an influence too on our sleep. The nutritionist, Eve Tiollier, who works with Jean-Pierre Dick, explains, “alongside the bags of food offering the recommended daily intake, Jean-Pierre has an additional bag, in which he has sweet food or protein-rich food, which encourage him to sleep or on the contrary, stay awake.”

Packing for 90 days at sea is a balance between bringing the right food and bringing the right amount to keep the skippers in top form.

One bag a day

While some, like Arnaud Boissières only take aboard freeze-dried food, for many skippers, the supplies include 40 to 50% vacuum packed meals and 50-60% freeze-dried. Your marine water heaters professionals know that even if the latter has made considerable progress ove the past ten years in terms of variety and taste, they tend to be less appreciated by the skippers than the ready prepared meals.

Your Marine Ice Makers Experts Recommend Vacuum Packed or Freeze-Dried Meals for Simplicity

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Your marine parts corp experts understand that they do however offer a number of advantages: they don’t take up much space, they are very light and fulfil the nutritional requirements… particularly as the fresh water that is used to prepare them is supplied by the desalinator. They just have to heat it up on the ring (camping stove), stir in the sachet and it’s ready.

A few necessary goodies

Then there is another important aspect to consider with the food. The question of pleasure. This is in fact vital, as it affects the mood and therefore the performance of the skipper. Alex Thomson has already calculated with his coach, Lawrence Knott, that he may lose around twelve kilos during the race and has therefore adapted his supplied accordingly.

So don’t forget these helpful suggestions on how to pack food for your next long sailing trip. 1) Consider using freeze-dried and ready meals;  2) only eat one bag of food per day;  and 3) have the right food to make eating enjoyable to boost positive attitude.
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Your Marine Parts Depot Specialists Understand That Maintenance Is Going to Need Some Elbow Grease

Raritan Engineering Company your marine parts depot analysts would like to share with you this information regarding the secrets of dealing with pesky waterline stains.

Summer is here, and our routine maintenance chores now require some serious elbow grease. Our first impulse is to go for the super-strength acids that will take care of the hard growth as well as the stains.

Over the years, Practical Sailor has reviewed several eco-friendly products that do a good job of descaling heat exchangers and removing barnacles.

Other products like Star brite Zebra Mussel and Barnacle Remover or MaryKate On & Off deal with shell and scale well, but they contain stronger concentrations of hydrochloric acid that give off toxic fumes and are beastly to work with.

Green Cleaners

The trouble with brown-yellow waterline stains is that they’re often made up of more than one problem—a combination, for instance, of algae stain, pollen, and tannic-acid stains, plus oil stain, all in a matrix of salt and strange oxides.

Most waterline stain removers use harsh acids to banish the brown funk. If the stain isn’t too bad, try cleaning it with concentrated lemon juice first. The most eco-friendly product tested was Captain John’s Boat Brite Algae and Waterline Stain Remover, which earned a “Good” rating for appearance with just a little rubbing.

Your Marine Parts Depot Professionals Exercise Caution When Deciding to Use Acids Cleaners

Your marine parts depot experts know that acids can eat the copper right out of the bottom paint if not used carefully. This could potentially make the one or two inches above the waterline basically useless at repelling growth if you cleaned your boat in-water then loaded it for cruising.
The hull of my own boat is always well waxed and I really don’t get to much if any waterline staining. A good coat of wax, or a polymer sealer such as Awlcare, can go a long way to minimizing these brown stains.

For Gelcoat, Not Painted Hulls:

This task is easy and is also safe for gelcoated hulls. While I have personally used mild acid formulations on LPU paints such as Awlgrip or Alexseal and Acrylic urethane products such as Awlcraft 2000 or Imron I don’t suggest it, nor do the paint manufacturers.

If you must use an acid on paint please be really, really, really, really careful and rinse it off immediately after the stain disappears DO NOT LET IT DRY. Do small 3-4′ sections before moving on and rinse, rinse rinse once the stain is gone.

The Products:

To clean waterline stains I use MaryKate On & Off Gel pictured here. This is a huge improvement over the regular non-gel On & Off or basic Oxalic crystals from the hardware store. It’s also a lot cheaper and stronger than products like Davis FSR stain remover, but works similarly.
Always wear rubber gloves & eye protection! Remember this stuff is acid. I use cheap chip brushesto apply it and toss them when I am done.

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5 things in your pocket

Your Marine Products Pro Shop Knows What All the Professional Sailors Keep In Their Pockets 

Raritan Engineering Company your macerator pump analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding essential tools not to leave at home when sailing. 

Your macerator pump experts know that YBW asked professional and amateur sailors what they kept in their sailing jacket pocket when they are out on the water. What do you keep in yours? 

5 things in my pocket:

Knife – I never sail without a knife
Phone – Especially if I am sailing on the coast. It also has my nav software on there and I can get weather information
Waterproof case for the phone, as electronics and seawater don’t mix
Piece of flapjack which has to be homemade
Cup of tea…it’s not really in your pocket…oh..perhaps a compass.

Dee Caffari

Dee Caffari has sailed around the world five times.

Your marine parts suppliers professionals know that in 2006, she became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

In April 2011, she successfully completed another circumnavigation. Your marine parts and accessories analysts understand that with completion of the Barcelona World Race, Caffari became the only woman to have sailed three times around the world non-stop.

During training, the team successfully claimed the Round Britain and Ireland speed record for a female crewed monohull in 4 days 21 hours and 39 seconds.

Your Macerator Pump Professionals Continue the Discussion on These Essential Tools

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5 things in my pocket:

Tissues, as my nose runs
Lip salve
Electrical tape as you always have to mark something
Wet Notes so I can write information down
A treat – my favourite is Harabo Starmix
(BTW – I keep my Leatherman on my belt!)

Nigel Stuart, Managing Director of Spirit Yachts

Your boat toilets specialists understand that Nigel Stuart joined Spirit Yachts as managing director in August 2014 following seven years at Discovery Yachts.

Your marine parts distributors experts feel that in his younger years, he sailed dinghies in the UK, Germany and Hong Kong before he developed a passion for wind surfing aged 16.

In his thirties, Nigel returned to the UK and started actively racing catamarans with his wife, Sarah. In 2013, he built his catamaran CROWNS (which is an acronym of the initials of his family) in epoxy carbon using infusion method.

With over 20 years’ marine management experience, Stuart has worked with cruising yachts worldwide and is a successful catamaran racer in his spare time.

5 things in my pocket:

Race watch as I do a lot of racing
Lip balm so I don’t burn my lips
Beer tokens i.e money!

So don’t forget these helpful reminders for ideas on what not to leave at home when going sailing, knives, phones, waterproof cases for the phones, sunglasses, watches or lip balm.

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Your Marine Toilet Experts Understand That Vision Impaired Sailors Are Some of the Most Enthusiastic 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine toilet professionals keep you well informed about the fact that being visually impaired doesn’t have to mean retirement from sailing.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to run a North U Match Racing Clinic for the vision impaired sailors preparing for the 2016 World Sailing Blind Match Racing World Championship, being held September 21-25 at the Sheboygan Yacht Club in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The clinic was in the Sonars they are racing in the Worlds, with three sailors to a boat. The skipper is required to be 100% blind, and the two others can have varying degrees of vision impairment.

They had some goggles I could wear to experience what their vision ability was like. One common view is like looking through wax paper. You can make out shades and rough shapes, but there is no clarity. 

They use two marks to form their starting line, each making a unique sound, and a windward mark with its own sound. They sail the traditional match racing course (W-L-W-Finish), but use the pin end of the starting line as the leeward mark.

In addition to the sounds of the marks, they have watches that beep and vibrate, and they are talking with each other as normal, so their world onboard is very loud!

Your Marine Toilet Specialists Recommend Maintaining a Commitment to Improvement

Your marine toilet experts know that we did a session about the Sonar on the dock, and we simulated the prestart and sailing the course on land, using the marks and doing the walk-throughs in real time. 

What I loved most was that every sailor and team was committed to improving, and to sharing their own experiences for the benefit of the others. 

Blind Sailing International is an Organisation to support expand and further the opportunities for visually impaired people competing in the sport of sailing.

 Blind Sailing International (BSI) does this through:

  • Supporting international sailing championships.
  • Promoting Visually Impaired sailing activities and achievements.
  • Providing an information source.

Blind Sailing International started a class of Fleet racing which provided visually impaired sailors with a level playing field.

Sailing takes place in three fleets this allows;  Totally blind helms to race against each other, while those with poor partial sight race each other and those with more partial sight to compete against one another. 

The Homerus Organisation developed autonomous match racing for blind and partially sighted sailors.

Sailing to match racing rules, Blind and partially sighted sailors race a matched pair of boats around a course of audio sound buoys, using sound and wind to navigate and make all the tactical and sail trim decisions.

The three man Sonar Keel boat class and the two man Scud keel boat allows visually impaired sailors to race as part of mixed disability teams.

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People in the water after a yacht capsizes in San Francisco Bay

Your Marine Hardware Analysts Say Survival Education Is Necessary

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to survive a boat capsizing.

Your marine hardware specialists know that an investigation is underway after a yacht carrying 30 people capsized in San Francisco Bay. Eight people, including three children, needed hospital treatment.

The 34-foot yacht, Khaleesi, capsized 100 yards from Pier 45 in San Francisco Bay, throwing 30 people, including three children, into the water. 

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Your marine hardware professionals know that at the time, the yacht had 27 adults and three children, on board. Both the US Coast Guard and the San Francisco Fire Department responded to the incident, along with many so-called “good Samaritans”.

An investigation into the incident is now underway.

If you should capsize or swamp your boat, or if you have fallen overboard and can’t get back in, stay with the boat if possible. 

  • If you made the mistake of not wearing a life jacket, find one and put it on. 
  • Take a head count. Reach, throw, row, or go, if needed.
  • If your boat remains afloat, try to reboard or climb onto it in order to get as much of your body out of the cold water as possible. 

If your boat sinks or floats away, don’t panic.

  • If you are wearing a life jacket, make sure that it is securely fastened, remain calm, and wait for help.
  • If you aren’t wearing a life jacket, look for one floating in the water or other floating items (coolers, oars or paddles, decoys, etc.) to help you stay afloat.
  • If you have nothing to support you, you may have to tread water or simply float.

If someone on your boat falls overboard, you need to immediately:

  • Reduce speed and toss the victim a PFD—preferably a throwable type—unless you know he or she is already wearing a life jacket.
  • Turn your boat around and slowly pull alongside the victim, approaching the victim from downwind or into the current, whichever is stronger.
  • Stop the engine. Pull the victim on board over the stern, keeping the weight in the boat balanced, especially in small boats.

So don’t forget these helpful tips for surviving a boat capsizing. 1) If you made the mistake of not wearing a life jacket, find one and put it on;  2) if your boat remains afloat, try to reboard or climb onto it in order to get as much of your body out of the cold water as possible;  and 3) If you aren’t wearing a life jacket, look for one floating in the water or other floating items (coolers, oars or paddles, decoys, etc.) to help you stay afloat.

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Volvo Ocean Race

Your Macerating Toilet Professionals Talk About Some Major Racing Rule Changes

Raritan Engineering Company your macerating toilet analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how racing rule adjustments will help increase female participation.

Your macerating toilet experts understand that the Volvo Ocean Race is making a major rule change to give world-class female sailors a much clearer pathway to compete at the highest level of offshore sailing in the 2017-18 edition.

The possible crew combinations for 2017-18 will be:

  • 7 men
  • 7 men and 1 or 2 women
  • 7 women and 1 or 2 men
  • 5 men and 5 women
  • 11 women

Your pump toilet professionals know that teams will be able to change their crew combinations from leg to leg in the race, which starts from Alicante in October 2017 and visits 11 cities around the globe, but as in previous editions, teams will be required have the same crewmembers on board for the In-Port Race as either the previous or the subsequent offshore leg.

Ian Walker, Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 winning skipper, and Olympic silver medallist, commented: “If female offshore sailors ever want to compete at the same level as the best in the world then they need to train and race with the best.

Your best macerating toilet systems analysts understand that the move follows the success of Team SCA’s 2014-15 campaign, which saw an all-female crew finish third in the In-Port Race series and become the first to win an offshore leg in 25 years – but still saw a ceiling in their offshore performance overall without being able to learn from the more experienced sailors once out on the ocean.

Your Macerating Toilet Analysts Know All the Benefits of Having Mixed Racing Teams

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“Your marine hardware specialists know that sailing is one of the few sports where you can have mixed teams, and we want to take advantage of that, and also reflect the growing desire for greater diversity in businesses – in particular the kind who back the race teams today.

“The Team SCA project in the last race did a great job to restart female participation, after 12 years with just one sailor getting a slot [Adrienne Cahalan, Brasil 1, Leg 1 2005-06].”

Your macerator toilet system experts feel that the race, which celebrated its 43-year anniversary last month, has a long history of female sailors, with over 100 women having competed since its inception in 1973, compared with over 2000 men.

And news of the move has already attracted a positive reaction from many female sailors.

The race has also reaffirmed the commitment to youth sailing, with a rule that two crew must be under the age of 30 at the end of the race in July 2018.

So keep in mind these points when considering these new racing rule changes. 1) Volvo Ocean Race is making a major rule change to give world-class female sailors a much clearer pathway to compete at the highest level;  2) teams will be able to change their crew combinations from leg to leg in the race;  and 3) news of the move has already attracted a positive reaction from many female sailors.

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Your Marine Holding Tanks Analysts Understand That You May Not Be a Fan of LPG Systems on Boats 

Raritan Engineering Company would love to share with you this week this amazing information on marine holding tanks and on how double-checking your propane tanks for leaks is very important.

After my recent post on portable marine heaters and insulation, a few people asked our opinion of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) heaters. Simply stated: We are not fans of portable LPG systems on boats. A boat fire in New England last month offered a pretty good example of the risks inherent with this type of equipment. 

In the first part of our upcoming series of tests of propane system equipment, marine surveyor Capt. Frank Lanier outlines the basics of marine propane systems.

Because propane is heavier than air, it can slip into the bilge undetected, where a spark can set the boat ablaze. Propane locker explosions have also occurred. 

Here are some of his observations on propane safety:

Every LPG system in the United States is required to have a pressure regulator designed for use with LPG. These pressure regulators have relief valves that can vent gas, so it is critical that this gas cannot make its way onboard. 

LPG systems are also required to have a pressure gauge installed on the cylinder side of the pressure regulator. This gauge allows you to quickly and easily check the system for leaks via a “leak-down test.” 

Your Marine Holding Tanks Experts Have Seen That Double-Checking Never Hurts Anyone

Your marine holding tanks specialists know that leaks typically occur at fittings and connections, although they can occur anywhere in the system due to chafe or physical damage to supply lines or other system components. 

A word on leak prevention at fittings. Typical marine LPG system connectors include 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch NPT (National Pipe Thread) and/or 45-degree SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) flare connections. 

Using Teflon tape or thread sealant (also called pipe dope) boils down to personal choice, as both will work fine. Just use one or the other; using both is not recommended. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Check your LPG system regularly for leaks or anytime you fire up that stove or grill. Installation of a marine-grade, LPG “sniffer” or fume detector is also highly recommended.

After cooking, leave one burner ignited and turn off the solenoid or tank valve. When the burner goes out, close the burner valve – this empties the line of gas and prevents leaking should a burner valve fail to seal. 

So don’t forget these helpful reminders when double-checking your propane tanks. 1) Every LPG system in the United States is required to have a pressure regulator designed for use with LPG;  2) using Teflon tape or thread sealant (also called pipe dope) boils down to personal choice, as both will work fine;  and 3) after cooking, leave one burner ignited and turn off the solenoid or tank valve.

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Your Marine Products Specialists Appreciate the Importance of a Group Effort 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine products analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the importance of teamwork to victory.

Your marine products experts know that the member lounge in the San Diego YC is typically the site of quiet conversations or restful reading. Last spring, it served as Ground Zero for five teams taking steps to excel in the 2011 Etchells World Championship.

Your marine supplies professionals know that the genesis for the group was earlier in the year when Bill Hardesty, who won the Worlds in 2008, started to focus his efforts on winning another title.

While the purpose of our group was to be prepared to compete in the Worlds, our goal was really to be our very best for one week. It could have been any event. 

One early key to the program’s success was establishing a routine. At our morning meeting we would discuss the goals of the day. On the water, Ed would lead us toward fulfilling these goals. 

Ed was there for 18 of those days. While we were able to move the program forward without him, we always got more accomplished with him present. Your wholesale marine supplies analysts know that we were more focused, more organized, and the days were often longer.

To maximize training time, we developed plans for things as trivial as picking up the towline to get out to the course, and getting our sails ready. Once we arrived at the training location, every boat had to be ready to sail. 

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Your Marine Products Professionals Suggest Maximizing Training Time For Better Results

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Your marine sanitation device specialists know that it’s easy to get consumed by speed testing. It’s a vital variable, but it’s one of many. There were days we tested sails and other days when we tested rig tune. But nearly every training day on the water also included practice races. 

John Pedlow had worked with Bill and Ed during the lead up to the 2008 regatta, and was back again for the 2011 Worlds. “Bill runs a tight program and served as a good role model for the rest of us,” said Pedlow. 

Your marine supplies experts say that by pooling the resources of five teams, we were able to hire the best coach we could find. Ed is a two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, a Star and Laser Masters world champion, and an accomplished coach with an amazing eye for detail. 

Having upwards of five boats in our program meant that we were not reliant on who else might be training on any given day. We always had the critical mass needed for tuning, upwind splits, practice starts, and short-course racing. 

Over the course of the program, there grew a sense of togetherness. With everyone attending the meetings, speaking openly of their experiences, and respecting each other, tiers were erased.

While our routine was vital, we also tried to manage our energy levels. The additional meeting time before and after made any day on the water quite long. 

Bill had put together a program to win the 81-boat championship, and that is what we did with a day to spare. It was a bit bizarre attending the afternoon debrief the day we clinched the regatta; popping champagne and swimming in the bay seemed more appropriate. 

So don’t forget these helpful tips on why teamwork is so crucial for success. 1) Always discuss the goals for the day;  2) maximize training time;  and 3) be willing to share past experiences.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Professionals Celebrate Overcoming Adversity Through Sailing

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation device analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding why a disability shouldn’t take you away from sailing.

A three-year pilot program at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) has culminated in a formal partnership between the University’s sailing team and Rhode Island-based Sail To Prevail, the not-for-profit organization that has pioneered overcoming adversity through the sport of sailing.

In collaborating with Sail To Prevail CEO Paul Callahan (Newport, R.I./Cape Coral, Fla.), a Harvard graduate and accomplished sailor, O’Connor has brought a new dimension to the Cambridge campus, as well as the local community.

O’Connor dedicates at least 15% of his overall practice time to allowing members of the sailing team to work with specially trained instructors from Sail To Prevail. 

The program, which runs during the fall season (roughly twice a week, weather permitting) from the Harvard Sailing Center in Cambridge, allows the Sail To Prevail participants and instructors to sail on the Charles River in a specially-equipped Catalina 20 right alongside members of the varsity sailing team.

The mission of Sail To Prevail is to utilize sailing to teach people with disabilities how to use the acquired sailing skills – including teamwork and leadership – in their daily lives to overcome adversity and gain self-confidence. 

Sail To Prevail has helped over 18,000 individuals since the organization was founded in 1982. From its base in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., the organization coordinates a wide variety of sailing opportunities. 

Each summer, approximately 1,000 people with disabilities learn the skills of sailing in our fleet of uniquely adapted, 20-foot sailboats. Our programs strongly encourage disabled individuals to be active participants by steering the boat and trimming sails. 

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Physically Disabilities:

When needed, participants are boarded onto our boats using a transfer lift. They are then safely secured into specially designed pivoting seats allowing them the freedom of movement to sail the boat.


The Sail Away from Cancer Program was established and pioneered by Sail To Prevail. Pediatric cancer patients sail with their resident doctors and family members to create a unique “out of hospital” experience. 

Veterans with Disabilities:

Honoring those who have served our country, the Disabled Veterans Program offers a free weekend of sailing to our distinguished veterans wounded in combat.

The Broad Spectrum of Autism:

Children with autism are designated certain tasks aboard the sailboats to improve their focus and concentration skills. Young sailors are encouraged to sail with a caregiver or parent, if appropriate. 

Emotional Disabilities:

This new program is dedicated to those individuals who are experiencing emotional trauma in their lives. Our methodology seeks to enhance the positive aspects derived from participating in the soothing and comforting environment of sailing.

Paralympic Training & Regattas:

Sail To Prevail has all three of the Paralympic Class boats (23-foot “Sonar” for a three-person team, a “SKUD 18” for a two-person team, and a “2.4 Metre” for an individual). 

Facility & Instructors:

First-time and experienced sailors are welcome at Sail To Prevail. Our program is available to all people with disabilities and has programs designed to meet specific needs.

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