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A trip down boat show memory lane

Posted by Dave on Sep 21st 2023

A trip down boat show memory lane

As we busily prep exhibits for our big fall boat shows (Annapolis Sail and METSTrade, I thought it would be a fun to fire up the wayback machine and have a look at the Edson booth from the 1991 Annapo …

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Storm prep for boats and boaters

Posted by Dave on Aug 29th 2023

Storm prep for boats and boaters

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30, but since half of the worst tropical storms in the last 100 years occurred in September, we’re on the doorstep of the historical hei …

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Starlink - What's the future's future?

Posted by Dave on Jun 29th 2023

Starlink - What's the future's future?

Starlink – What’s the future’s future?Though the better half accuses me of chronic hyperbole, it’s no stretch to say that Starlink has revolutionized online access for boaters. Previous options for …

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Boat prep safety is no accident

Posted by Dave on Jun 8th 2023

Boat prep safety is no accident

Thankfully, boaters have become more aware of on the water risks and the ways to mitigate and manage them – life jackets, dead man cords, tethers, alcohol awareness, even sun protection. Unfortunate …

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Chain size and length, explained

Posted by Dave on Apr 25th 2023

Chain size and length, explained

There are two key chain measurements that you must know in order to replace your chain: length and size. Both are straightforward. "Size" refers to the pitch (length) and width of each link. There a …

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What's the future of teak?

Posted by Dave on Apr 10th 2023

What's the future of teak?

Teak has always been a primary material for boats of all sizes, for many reasons. It's beautiful, it's incredibly weather resistant and heard wearing, it's tolerant of maintenance lapses, and did I me …

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Centering your steering

Posted by Dave on Apr 3rd 2023

Centering your steering

We've been banging on about the wisdom of finally replacing your boat's old and worn chain and wire, and offering a spoonful of sugar to help the process along. The response has been very encouraging, …

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Anchoring in the Exumas

Posted by Dave on Mar 27th 2023

Anchoring in the Exumas

We get to talk about cruising with cruisers a lot here at Edson, and fortunately sometimes we even get to go do it. I recently got to spend some time cruising in the Exumas and came away with a ton of …

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Passage Prep

Posted by Dave on Feb 8th 2023

Passage Prep

Whether you plan to do one of the many major distance races on the 2023 calendar, or plan to stretch your boundaries with a bigger offshore passage this year, making sure your steering is well-prepare …

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How wheel size affects steering

Posted by Dave on Jan 27th 2023

How wheel size affects steering

A couple of posts ago, we alluded to the effect that a different size wheel will have on steering. In addition to practical considerations like making it impossible to move around the cockpit or havin …

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One wheel good, two wheels better?

Posted by Dave on Jan 10th 2023

One wheel good, two wheels better?

When I first started racing on big boats, the coolest boats all had gigantic wheels, preferably sunk deep into the deck. Getting the helmsperson outboard as far and as comfortably as possible was the …

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Fitting a new sailboat steering wheel

Posted by Dave on Dec 28th 2022

Fitting a new sailboat steering wheel

For any number of reasons (some of which will be the subject of subsequent posts), you may want to change your sailboat's steering wheel. While this is actually more straightforward than a lot of …

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Cable Clamp Tricks

Posted by Dave on Dec 19th 2022

Cable Clamp Tricks

Our friends* at Captain Q posted a video of a staggeringly nice Ted Hood boat last week, and a few astute commenters caught a great but easily missed detail on the quadrant. Leaving aside ho …

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Annapolis Boat Show 2022

Posted by Dave on Oct 19th 2022

Annapolis Boat Show 2022

What a great show at Annapolis this year, and this coming from a reluctant boat show participant. With Thursday morning and pack-out time as notable exceptions, the weather was fantastic which brought …

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Give the brake a break

Posted by Dave on Sep 22nd 2022

Give the brake a break

Wheel brakes are a huge convenience. With a well balanced sail plan, your wheel brake can mind the helm while you adjust the jib trim or grab a snack from the icebox. There are, however, common things …

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Boat Show Season

Posted by Dave on Sep 6th 2022

Boat Show Season

And just like that, here we are once again at boat show season already. We don't do nearly as many shows as Edson used to do in the old days - there aren't nearly that many shows these days anyhow - b …

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Sticky steering

Posted by Dave on Aug 17th 2022

Sticky steering

It's a few days past mid-summer, so ignore all the back to school flyers for a while longer and enjoy the beautiful aft end of the season with the return of breeze and fish, and relief from the worst …

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Carbonautica Wheels

Posted by Dave on Jul 19th 2022

Carbonautica Wheels

We're very happy to announce that we have become the North American distributor for Carbonautica's (link) excellent range of carbon and composite steering wheels and other composite marine produc …

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Does my boat have Edson steering?

Posted by Dave on Jul 6th 2022

Does my boat have Edson steering?

For good and bad (mostly good in our eyes), the popularity of Edson steering systems on production sailboats down through the years leads many many sailboat owners to assume that they have Edson steer …

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Cable tension dos and don'ts

Posted by Dave on Jun 29th 2022

Cable tension dos and don'ts

A few weeks ago, we published a post about steering cable tension (link) which has proven to be remarkably popular and useful. The photo at the bottom of that post shows the tightening nut instal …

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