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General checklists for sea and in harbour

As a Yachtmaster instructor, I always recommend operational checklists to my students. There’s two reasons for this: Checklists ensure nothing gets missed, even when performing a task you’ve not done for a while or perhaps aren’t confident with. Checklists act as a great prompt when dealing with an emergency or fatigue, ensuring nothing is forgotten…. read more »

Yachting Terms

When on a yacht, or any vessel for that matter, the terminology can be blinding. All of a sudden you’re surrounded by people speaking an almost foreign language. Don’t worry, it’s not. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of sailing terms below that with a little learning and experience afloat, you’ll pick up in no time…. read more »

Types of sailing rig

One method of categorising different sail boats is by their various types of rigging configuration. We’ve listed what we feel is the most common rig types amongst sailors below. There are types which we’ve not listed, if you feel we’re missing one then please leave us a note in the comments. Masthead sloop rig The… read more »

Hull types & Benefits

Vessel hull types To keep this simple – we’ll cover the three hull types. These are Monohulls, Catamarans and Trimarans [otherwise referred to as a type of multihull vessel]. Monohull a boat with only one hull, as opposed to a catamaran or multihull. Catamaran a yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel. Trimaran… read more »

Definition of a Yacht

Definition of a yacht: A yacht is a variation of a medium-sized sea-going vessel used for pleasure or sports.  Yacht variants Yacht lengths normally range from 10 metres (33 ft) up to dozens of meters (hundreds of feet). A luxury craft smaller than 12 metres (39 ft) is more commonly called a cabin cruiser or simply a cruiser. A superyacht generally refers… read more »

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We created Clewless in 2017 with one goal in mind. To aid the personal and professional development of seafarers through the use of knowledge while remaining completely free – forever. We have done our best to generate short and informative posts which are strait to the point. If you feel something could be improved or… read more »