Row Row your Boat

Everyone has their thing on the side and for others this side thing is sailing. If you delve into the world of sailing for the first time there is a lot for you to learn. Simple tips should get you started. Ensure that where you sail is not crowded and start with a boat that has a single sail.

Choose calm, uncrowded waters If you’re just starting to master sailing basics and learn how to sail, then one of the most important beginner sailing tips to remember is to practice in ideal conditions of light winds and low traffic.

Choose a small boat to learn how to sail It’s easier to learn how to sail with fewer lines and sails. A small dinghy will be more responsive and easier to maneuver, and is also perfect for practicing test capsizes in.

Begin on a boat rigged with one sail Similar to the above, beginning on a boat that’s rigged with just one sail will make learning sailing basics easier and less complicated.

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As a beginner in sailing you will need all the help that you can get. There are plenty of sailing apps out there but not all of them give the same output so what are some of the best apps for you?

Jeppesen Plan2Nav

Plan2Nav delivers armchair trip planning, which can be downloaded to a Wi-Fi-­capable chart plotter. Purchased charts display full detail such as fishing wrecks, soundings, weather and sea conditions. It’s intuitive; I picked up on its nuances just by perusing the menu. Jeppesen Plan2Nav can also be used as a stand-alone navigation device.

Navionics Boating

This may be the most downloaded navigation app. It provides access to all Navionics charts plus NOAA raster charts that imitate paper charts. The coolest are add-on modules. Nav Module lets your device be the chart plotter. Others allow automatic routing based on boat details and setting depth safety parameters. Purchase Navionics Gold or Platinum charts to get SonarCharts to upload your sonar data and automatically update your charts.

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If you were a scout or girl guide then sailing should be easy for you. This is because a sailor has to know how to tie different types of knots for their sails. Most ropes today easily slip off if not tied properly because of the material they are made from.

Tie a bowline when you need a strong loop of line around something. You can even use a bowline at the ends of two different lines to tie them together. A bowline usually holds well, but with modern ropes made of slippery synthetic materials, the knot can occasionally slip. For a more secure version, try this enhanced bowline. And if you want to learn an even faster, friend-impressing way to tie a bowline, try this method.

Use a cleat hitch to tie the end of a line around a cleat on the boat or on the dock. Your anchor rope can be secured to a bow cleat this way, or the boat’s dock lines tied to cleats on the dock.

A clove hitch is a perfect way to quickly tie a line temporarily around a column or tubular structure. Use a clove hitch to hang fenders from a rail or tie a dock line around a piling.

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