Sailing Rope Tips – How to Heave a Line With Pinpoint Accuracy!

How many times have you needed to heave a line a long distance to a dock or to another boat? How far could you heave a line to a person in the water? Make this sailing rope skill one of your top priorities on your small cruising boat. Follow these five easy steps for super accuracy…

1. Make the coil

Use small diameter nylon or dacron line. If you are going to pass a heavy dock line, attach the smaller line to the eye of the docking line. Coil 100 feet of small line clockwise. Make sure it’s free of knots so that it goes out in a smooth, easy motion.

2. Break the coil

Hold the coil in your non-dominant hand. Pick up one third to one half of the coil with your dominant hand. Keep the bitter end of the dominant-hand coil on the outside of the coil to insure that it pays out without knots.

3. Turn and sight

Turn so that your non-dominant shoulder faces the objective. Sight over your shoulder and focus your concentration on a point just above and upwind of the dock, boat, or person.

4. Swing the line

Hold your non-dominant hand with the palm up and open. This will allow the heaving line to feed out of that hand. Swing the coil in the dominant hand down by your side in a forward-aft motion. This will put velocity into the line as you throw it.

5. Heave the line

Throw the line underhand to a close target where you need pin-point accuracy. When heaving to a boat, use a side arm or overhead throw to gain height and increase the distance of the toss.


Follow these steps to heave any line with pin-point accuracy. Boost your sailing rope skills to the next level with practice, preparation, and proper technique.

Netherlands – Tips For a Sailing Vacation

Most boating is found in the IJsselmeer, Wadden Sea and Frisian Islands, places with sand dunes, systems of channels and beautiful ports. There are plenty of yachts available here and you can visit the many historic and beautiful seaport towns.

Netherlands, located in the western part of Europe, is densely populated and filled with several low-lying regions. The country is also renowned for many things, such as tulips, wooden shoes, cheese, and windmills. Landscapes are known to be hilly, with few glaciers and ridges like Drenthe and Hondsrug. There are also several bodies of water that you can find in the country, such as the Rhine River and its tributaries. The cool weather during summer and winter makes sailing in the Netherlands interesting for tourists the whole year round.

IJsselmeer, or Lake IJssel, is a very shallow lake located in the central portion of the Netherlands. It’s also situated near North Holland, Flevoland, and Friesland. The waters measure between 5 and 6 meters. There are plenty of things that you can do here, besides sailing in the Netherlands. You can try to fish in the river of IJssel or in the lake. There are also plenty of birds and marine species that inhabit the region.

You can also spend your vacation on board a yacht charter to the Wadden Sea. It is a coastal wetland that extends from Den Helder to Germany’s river estuaries-around 11,000 square kilometers. There are also several islands that you can find in the sea, but most of them are uninhabited and well protected by the Nature Conservation Law of the country. Nevertheless, there are bird sanctuaries that you can visit. You can also take a look at its salt marshes, such as Bosplaat, Schorren, and Noord-Friesland Buitendijks.

Frisian Islands, meanwhile, is a good destination among those who enjoy sailing in the Netherlands, especially during the summer. During wintertime, on the other hand, they would usually follow hiking trails toward the rugged mountains of Netherlands. There are also a number of ski resorts close to the area. There are a number of ways that you can reach the islands. You can travel by air or take a ferry. A number of the islands cannot provide you with a mode of transportation, so you may want to bring your car with you.

A trip to the Netherlands is worth every penny. If you’re not going to cruise with a yacht in the Netherlands, then you can enjoy watching the birds, hiking the mountain trails, or fishing in the rivers. Whatever it is, you know for sure that it’s going to be interesting and life-enriching.

Italy – Tips For a Sailing Vacation

Yachting is predominant on the western side of Italy’s more than 5000 miles of coastline. Here is the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea. On the east coast is the Adriatic and in the south; the Ionian Sea. The west coast can be very crowded in the summer, especially in the north. July and August are the months to be someware else, but in the spring and autumn the coasts are more peaceful and the weather can be very nice. During summer weekends, booking ahead for a berth is essential.

Many tourists visit Italy every year-and it is for a good reason. For one, they can enjoy winter sports in the Alpine Mountains. They can enjoy biking among its trails and perhaps reach other neighboring countries like Switzerland, Slovenia, France, and Austria. Down the country, you can walking along its cobblestone and brick streets and enjoy the awesome historic remains of baths and of the world-renowned Colosseum. The waters too are clearly inviting, perfect locations for sailing in Italy.

You can perhaps blame the Italian rivers. Because of the country’s mild weather, they are easier to navigate. Thus, if you want to feel the country then sailing in Italy is a perfect activity for you. There are chartered yachts docked among its many ports. You can also hire a motor or sailboat, depending on the number of people who will be cruising and your finances.

There are also charter yachts available in the isle of Dubrovnik in Croatia, an island known for its mild temperature. These yachts are perfect if you wish to explore Croatia’s southern tip which is mainly filled with earth of overgrown and lush forests as well as sheer cliffs.

A definite cruiser’s paradise is one of Tuscany’s beautiful islands: Elba. It gives you a perfect combination of landscapes and sceneries, punctuated with desert and magnificent coasts. The beaches are crystal clear and white. The long shorelines are spaced with enough well-equipped and safe ports. The best time to visit Elba is before and after summer, when the entire sea will be filled with vacationers and sunbathers.

Stromboli, a small island lying in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is one of the world’s magnificent active volcanoes. The crater, along with its increasing and sometimes even rhythm, emits materials that give rise to numerous luminous trails. Nighttime is the perfect moment to watch the impressive eruptions. You can take a hike late in the afternoon or you can take an evening boat trip perhaps through a Flying Cat. This way, you can have fun a general picture of Stromboli and experience its marvelous view. Every startling explosion from the volcano means a red dot that light up the blackness of night.

Sailing in Italy is an experience worthy to be shared with your families and friends. Not only will you get to have fun nature’s bounty, you will also be in touch with the essence of Italy: a rare combination of nature, history, and art. Indeed, the activity should be foremost in your travelogue.

The Reluctant Sailor – Tips for the Sailing Beginner

Stroll around any marina and you will soon spot the classic sailing characters: the old enthusiast, patiently restoring a wooden shell to its sleek former self; the dedicated racer, tweaking his stripped out, cutting edge craft; or even tanned BMW man, who turns up on sunny weekends to take his latest woman out for a spin in his souped-up power boat.

Move to the bar, and you’ll find them easily. The old hand, scruffed down, ready for that all important anti-fouling job. The smart executive, shades in hand, leading an enthusiastic team-building session. Or the sun-bleached student, fresh from his gap year spent taking boats down to the Med.

But what about the rest? What about the unsung sailors? What about those resigned individuals who, worn down after years of hints, huffs and sweet-talking, finally utter the fateful words: ‘Oh, for God’s sake, alright then!’

In less time than it takes to hoist a mainsail, these women (for they are usually women) find themselves huddled nervously on the deck of a boat, trying to come to terms with the fact that yachts are supposed to tip over, and that this is good thing.

There are a surprising number of these reluctant sailors. Most, like me, would prefer never to set foot on a boat but, driven by the need to see their sailing-mad partners on at least one weekend out of twenty, occasionally venture out onto the water.

In my case, my ‘Reluctant Sailor’ status comes largely down to a fear of venturing into an alien environment, where I am not in control.

I do not like not being in control. When a yacht tips over, I want to know that it – that I! – can do something to correct it. When we are picking our way through a narrow channel, I want to know how to avoid hitting unseen rocks or other boats, and when my children are sitting on deck, I want to know how to rescue them if they fall into the water.

Education is the key and unfortunately this means that I, as the terrified new owner of a yacht, now face the prospect of learning to sail, so that I am not frightened of sailing.

But my reluctance stems not only from fear. There are many other reasons why I have no interest in sailing. It is cold. It is wet. It is usually raining, and always uncomfortable. Be honest now. How many good nights’ sleep have you ever had on a yacht?

And yes, while there are around three days out of every year when weather, location and company combine to make sailing a blissful experience, does that really make up for the other 362 days when it is not?

My husband thinks it does. And so, nine years after we exchanged our dinghy for a baby and a pair of patio doors, I have finally relented. We have bought a yacht.

He is happy. The kids are happy. And I…. I have come up with some ground rules to keep me happy…

  1. The Force Four Rule – The Reluctant Sailor will not set foot on the boat if the forecast even hints at winds above force 4. [This rule is an adaption of the existing 12 ° C rule for dinghy sailing]

  2. The Sunshine Rule – The Reluctant Sailor will not go sailing if there is no prospect of sunshine over the period of the sailing expedition.

  3. The Anchorage Rule – No anchorage will be acceptable to the Reluctant Sailor unless it is within 100 metres of a pub/restaurant/hotel, and preferably a small town with a guaranteed escape route.

  4. The Fair’s Fair Rule – The Sailing Fanatic will match every week/weekend that the Reluctant Sailor spends sailing with a week/weekend somewhere warm, dry and comfortable – preferably abroad.

  5. The Don’t Shout Rule – The Sailing Fanatic must not shout excitedly when asking the Reluctant Sailor to do something. The Reluctant Sailor reserves the right to tell the Sailing Fanatic where to stick his boat if he raises his voice.

  6. The Rain Rule – Unless the presence of the Reluctant Sailor is required on deck to avoid capsize, collision or other near-death experience, the Sailing Fanatic will deal with all work on deck while it is raining. The Reluctant Sailor will be having coffee and Kit-Kat’s in the cabin.

  7. The Maintenance Rule – The Reluctant Sailor shall not be expected to maintain the boat under any circumstances. The words ‘anti-fouling’, ‘sanding’ and ‘painting’ are of absolutely no interest to the Reluctant Sailor.

  8. The Too Much Time Rule – The Sailing Fanatic is not allowed to go into a huff when the Reluctant Sailor casually mentions that the Sailing Fanatic has spent the last four weekends ‘fiddling with that wretched boat’, and that the handsome divorcee from next door has moved in to keep the Reluctant Sailor company.

  9. The Packing Rule – The Sailing Fanatic will keep his mouth firmly closed on the subject of packing for a sailing expedition. The Reluctant Sailor reserves the right to bring along anything and everything needed to sustain her through the ordeal, but will, if pushed, draw the line at the handsome divorcee from next door.

  10. The Children Rule – The Reluctant Sailor will not be solely responsible for entertaining/controlling the children in the cramped and un-child friendly environs of a boat. The Sailing Fanatic wished for a family sailing experience and a family sailing experience he shall get.

  11. The Money Rule – The Sailing Fanatic accepts that once the sailing budget is gone, it is gone. He will just have to wait for that essential bit of kit. Any suggestion that this is not fair will cut no ice with the Reluctant Sailor, who is perfectly aware of her moral high ground on the subject of sailing and money, and will calmly point to the outrageous expense of buying the bloody boat in the first place.

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