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Lobster Pot Payback

by Sail Staff, Posted February 6, 2009
Wherever you sail, you know all too well how easy it is to get something tangled around some appendage of your boat. The Hooknife, from Sailor’s Solutions, has multiple effective cutting angles and makes it easy to free your keel, rudder, or prop from abandoned fishing tackle, plastic bags, discarded cordage, or (heaven forbid) your own sheet or guy, without having to go swimming. This tool will

Leveled

by David Schmidt, Posted December 11, 2008
LeveledAre you a racer looking for ways to hone your crew’s sail-handling skills, or are you a cruiser interested in creating a home video documenting of your latest adventure? Either way, Horizon True can get you sorted with one of their high-quality, self-leveling video camera mounts (they also accept still cameras). The mounts utilize either a pendulum or a counterweight to keep

Leashed

by David Schmidt, Posted December 4, 2008
Leashed. Spinlock has been stepping up their already-deep line of safety products, first with their award-winning Deckvest, and now with their ORC-legal Connect Range tethers. The two-clip tether that I tested relies on a girth hitch, rather than a metal clip, to affix it to a PFD’s hard point (Spinlock recommends also carrying a knife, should a user need to escape her tether).

Rechargable Shine

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
Few things are finer than sitting in the cockpit on a starry night, nursing a glass of wine and sharing conversation. But sometimes it’s nice to see the other person (or the dishes that you’re serving and enjoying) as you soak up the ambiance. Black Diamond’s Apollo lamp features a 3-Watt LED lightsource that’s powered by either AAA batteries or a rechargeable battery that gives off a

Forget Me Not

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
Here’s a stocking stuffer that packs a LOT of remembrance, in the form of an omni-directional 360-degree high-intensity strobe light. While nobody likes to think about MOB situations, ACR Electronics’s manually activated Waterbug SOLAS Firefly 3 strobe ranks as some of the best visual MOB protection one can have, aiding both the MOB and those back aboard. The unit features an easy-to-use sliding

Mystery Science

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
According to manufacturer Weems and Plath, there’s a certain amount of mystery surrounding the “how-it-works” question when considering their Storm Glass. This unique, handsome bronze instrument comes filled with a proprietary solution and crystals, which rise up in the glass tube during certain weather events and settle back down during other conditions. While Weems and Plath mention that the

Zip-Locked

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
There are water-resistant bags, and then there are dry bags. Watershed’s Yukon is a dry bag, meaning that provided you close the bag properly, water simply isn’t going to enter. The bag, which is built out of chemically stable polyurethane-coated fabrics, features a zip-lock-like closer system (called a Zip-Dry seal); once closed, a user simply rolls the top of the bag down and affixes the clips,

Sensibulb LED

by David Schmidt, Posted November 7, 2008
Much has been written in recent years regarding LED light bulbs as a way of saving energy aboard, and about the many hours of use that each LED unit delivers, and rightly so. Why waste power and create heat by using inefficient incandescent bulbs? The Sensibulb is the newest LED offering from Sailor’s Solutions, and is purported to be the brightest aftermarket LED available. Best yet, the

Everything In Place

by Connie McBride, Posted August 21, 2008
Aboard our 34-foot Creekmore–designed sloop, Eurisko, we use easy-to-reach Sunbrella pockets to store our binoculars and hand-bearing compass. Cruising with three teenage boys has taught us that pockets, and lots of them, also make terrific storage containers for them. I've made pockets for both bunks in the aft cabin; 24 pockets cover the entire space from the bunk up to the bottom of the

Pocket Sword

by David Schmidt, Posted July 7, 2008
Pocket SwordIf you like folding knives with a million built-in gadgets, stop reading this review. But if you value exceptional workmanship, excellent quality materials, and the sharpest blade that this sailor has ever used — bar none — meet the Basic 3 from the studio of boutique knife maker David Boye. After using countless stainless-steel diving knives that always end
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