by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007How many times have you found yourself sailing in a spitting rain that’s not wet enough to warrant an offshore jacket but is cold enough to require some protection? The Atlantis Grand Prix Softshell Jacket is made of stretchy, ripstop polyester with a weatherproofing membrane and a brushed polyester microfleece backing for comfort; it works well as both an outer layer for misty, light rain and an
by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007It’s not easy to find the right sea bag. If it’s too big, you’ll inevitably fill it; if it’s too small for all your gear, you can look forward to cold, miserable night watches. Harken’s new Waterproof Duffel bag can hold everything you need for a multiday trip and is small enough to double as a daysailing tote. The fabric is polyurethane-impregnated nylon, the panels are welded, the seams are
by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007Camet’s new Hobart Extreme Short and Code Zero shirt are purpose-built for sailors and thrive in wet, sunny environs. The shorts feature a gusseted crotch, a reinforced seat, an adjustable waist, and a UV rating of 40+. They weigh virtually nothing (Camet claims 9 ounces) and dry quickly. The shirt (your choice of long or short sleeves) is made from an airy-feeling meshlike material that quickly
by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007It’s miserable to pull a frigid midnight watch shift during a stormy passage or an ocean race and not be prepared for the cold. To this end Patagonia recently introduced a new line of merino-wool base layers. These chlorine-free garments are soft against the skin (I hate scratchy wool), resist the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and are sold in different weights for different activities.
by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2007Choosing sailing footwear is game of compromises: don deck shoes and your dogs will howl in the heat; wear open-toed sandals and you risk a trip to the podiatrist if you “discover” any deck hardware. To this end, Timberland recently launched its new line of Mion sailing footwear. Featuring an ergomorphic footbed that molds to your foot, a sculpted superstructure that holds your foot firmly in
by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007For years, inflatable PFDs have provided sailors with a comfortable way to stay safe without wearing bulky gear. But there are more than a few stories of unwanted deployments. And how would you pull the jacket’s back-up manual “inflate” tab if you were knocked unconscious while getting tossed in the drink? Mustang Survival’s new Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device automatically
by Sail Staff, Posted December 9, 2005Looking for a stocking-filler for Dad? We’ve long been fans of the natty nautically themed ties ($65) from Vineyard Vines. They’re pure silk, and there’s a huge range of them to choose from, including the Catboat and Anchor & Wave designs pictured here. Or you could go for the full ensemble—VV makes shirts, trousers, and jackets too. Vineyard Vines, 800-892-4982,