Custom designer of cruising boats of all sizes. Also designed an Open Class 60 for the Around Alone Race. Sponberg is also a designer of free-standing rigs, and is called on to analyze boat accidents and gear failures for insurance and other purposes.
Wire cutters for cutting away a dismasted rig. Different sizes cut 3/16, 3/8 or 9/16 wire. Although a wholesaler only, Scandvik's website lets you get price quotes from a large number of retailers (you choose the product and the retailers).
An estimated 10,000 containers go overboard each year. A discussion of the hazards, where you can get information about them, and what the shipping industry is doing, or not doing, about it. 4 pages with photos.
Stowage, closure, and other preparations; post-capsize checklist.
List of emergency to-do's for dismasting, rig failure, and leaks. Excerpted from the author's book, The Boat Book.