Sails+Rigging

Knotically Challenged

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
Knot tying isn’t easy, especially if you have small hands. With Nite Ize’s new Figure 9 rope tightener you can easily secure a dinghy to a car-top rack. Simply put the boat on your car, set up the closed-loop end of the Figure 9 (instructions are engraved on the aluminum device), pull tight, and drop the cord’s moving end into the Figure 9’s teeth. Two sizes accommodate rope diameters between 2
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Apparel + Accessories

Automatic Airbags

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
For 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
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Southern California Does Miami

by Sail Staff, Posted January 1, 2007
By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Southern California is a water lover’s dream. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, natural and manmade harbors lined with sailboats and powerboats, kids and adults alike have to make tough decisions—do I surf, play water polo, row, or sail? An affinity for sailing is easy to recognize; At Newport Harbor High School the sports teams are "The


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Cruising Grounds

The Lakes Effect

by Kimball Livingston, Posted December 20, 2006
Once you’re out of sight of land for a while, you understand why they speak of “offshore sailing” in the Great Lakes.

Once you’ve been through a few sail changes, you might think of the prevailing wind as “variable.”And once you’ve gone the length of Lake Michigan, you will be, in a small way, a veteran of sailing in the heart of America. I say “in a small way” because there is a lot of


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Best Boats

Best Boats 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted November 27, 2006
SAIL’s Best Boats program is designed to seek out and acknowledge true innovation and forward thinking; the awards are based on firsthand knowledge of the new boats we see at the shows. SAIL editors Peter Nielsen, Bill Springer and Kimball Livingston, and editor-at large Charlie Doane combed the docks at the fall boat shows and have given Editors’ Choice awards for innovation and overall
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