Inshore Cruising


‘How To’ Video Series with Bouwe Bekking

We’ve teamed up with our friends at X-Yachts and are excited to release an all-new ‘How To’ video series aimed at every type of cruiser. All seven videos are now… Read More

Cruising Inventory Recommendations for Light Air

Being prepared for whatever Mother Nature serves up is key to maximizing your cruising adventures. Our cruising experts share their inventory top pick, which sails to consider adding and light… Read More

First Impressions of the Helix Furling Gennaker

I’ve been fortunate to serve hundreds of cruising multihull sailors in the past 20 years, often with downwind sails designed to eliminate the terrible feeling of performance loss when these… Read More

Full-Batten vs. Standard Cruising Mainsails

For North Sails Cruising Mainsails, full-battens or standard battens each provide different cruising benefits. Here’s a summary of the differences to help you understand which sail type is best for… Read More

Best Sail Inventories for Cruising

One of the many great things about sailing is the ability to choose how long you want to be out on the boat. Day sailors prefer to sleep on dry… Read More

The Helix Furling Gennaker: Your New Favorite Cruising Sail

In the old days, you had two options for making it to your destination in time for cocktail hour: start the engine, or go below to lug a bulky spinnaker… Read More

The Difference Between a Spinnaker and a Gennaker

Like the Spork (a combination of spoon and fork), the name gennaker came from combining two very different sail types into one: a genoa and a spinnaker. Unlike the spork,… Read More

Introducing the Helix Furling Gennaker

North Sails is excited to introduce the Helix Furling Gennaker, a new sail type for the cruising community. The structured luff Helix Furling Gennaker eliminates the heavy cable needed for… Read More

Exploring the Arctic Onboard Qilak

Qilak owners, father and daughter Philippe and Marion Carlier, know they need dependable equipment to survive the Arctic ice onboard their purpose-built Owen Clarke 66. When we spoke to them,… Read More