Gear and Reviews

Zodiac’s J.J. Marie assumes top gun status

by Charles Mason, Posted February 27, 2009
During a career that spanned a quarter of a century, J.J. Marie and his team built the Zodiac line of inflatable boats into one of the best-known brands in the world. Marie had already enjoyed success in many well-known international companies before he joined the Zodiac Groupe in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario.

In 1990 Marie moved to the United States as president of Zodiac of North America and


6 New DVDs

by Rebecca Waters, Posted February 27, 2009
Cast Off for Mexico
In their second video cruising guide (Cast Off for Catalina was released in 2005) Mark Ritts and Ted Field explain the ins and outs of cruising to Mexico, including what to bring, how to clear customs, and navigational tips. Though thy complete the trip on a powerboat, the video includes some excellent sailboat footage and would be a useful resource for
South America

The Nature of Mexico

by Sail Staff, Posted February 20, 2009
Our cruise through Mexico was a magnificent discovery of sight, sound, and senses. We expected to see a few whales basking in the sun and to have dolphins once again play in our bow waves. What we had not anticipated was that wonderful feeling when you are so overwhelmed by the intensity of nature that your skin becomes gooseflesh and cold shivers run down your spine, despite the 80 degree

The Moorings Base Re-Opens

by Peter Nielsen, Posted February 19, 2009
You never need much of an excuse for a party in the British Virgin Islands, but the grand opening of The Moorings’s revamped Tortola base at the end of January provided both motive and opportunity. Top brass from the company’s European headquarters joined the Premier and other local dignitaries—as well as what seemed to be the entire Moorings workforce—in celebrating the

Outboard rebuild

by Sail Staff, Posted February 16, 2009


  • Basic tool kit
  • Wrenches and sockets (metric if you’re working on a European or Japanese engine)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Propane blowtorch
  • Rubber mallet
  • Hammer
  • Razor blade
  • Pliers
  • Vise-Grips
  • Vise
  • 400-grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Brush for applying grease and lubricating

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