Sailing Gear

Having the right kind of gear aboard a sailboat is essential, not only to its performance, but the safety of the crew. With this in mind, SAIL not only reviews a wide variety of equipment, including foul weather gear, life jackets, sails, rope, electronics, paints and spars, but recognizes the very best of the best every year through its Pittman Innovation Awards.


Sailing Gear

New Gear: Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

Helly Hansen Loke Jacket Whether you’re cruising in New England in the summer or South Florida in the winter, if you’re heading out on a bareboat charter you need a quality lightweight jacket to keep out the rain and wind. However, packing a full set of foulies can take up a lot of valuable room Read More


Sailing Gear

New Gear: GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro HERO4 Session The HERO4 Session from GoPro is the newest and smallest camera in the company’s HERO line of durable digital cameras. At 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the rest of the models in the line, the HERO4 Session has easy one-button control—one press of the button turns on the camera Read More


Sailing Gear

New Gear: Maptech Waterproof Chartbooks

Maptech Waterproof Chartbooks If you’re planning a cruise through unfamiliar waters, having a good chartbook of the area can be invaluable. It will help you plan ahead of time, give you access to resources in the area such as marinas, anchorages and fuel docks, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll know how to use it when Read More


Apparel and Accessories

New Gear: SealLine Zip Dry Duffle Bag

SealLine Zip Dry Duffle Bag When it comes to packing for a sailing trip, you need to remember two things about your bags—keep them small, and keep them soft. Nothing sinks the heart of a skipper like watching a charter guest stroll down the docks wheeling a big, hard-rolling suitcase. The SealLine zip dry duffle Read More

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Sailing Gear

New Gear: West Marine 5.0 Medical Kit

West Marine 5.0 Medical Kit Nothing ruins a charter faster than an injury to someone onboard, especially if you’re not prepared to properly treat it. All charter boats have basic first aid kits, but would you trust them to have everything you may need? So why not pack a good first-aid kit like the West Read More


Sailing Gear

Professional Mariner ProSport Cup Holder Power Inverter

Getting onto a boat for a week of chartering and finding out that you can’t charge your personal electronics is the worst. Avoid that situation by bringing your own 12V inverter, like the ProSport inverter from Professional Marine, which converts 12V battery power into 110V AC power so you can charge your phone, laptop, camera Read More


Apparel and Accessories

New Gear: Witz Passport Locker

One of the great things about bareboat chartering is the ability to escape, casting off the lines and exploring new bodies of water. But when it’s time to come back to land or check in to a customs office for a night dockside, the transition back to reality will be much easier if you have Read More


Maintenance and DIY

Installing a Composting Head on a Sailboat

When we bought our Allied Seabreeze sloop several years ago, the head and attendant systems were, at best, adequate. Nothing smelled, everything worked, but clearly we would have to upgrade at some point. Over the years, we replaced the sea toilet, went through several repair kits and researched options to upgrade the full system, including Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Choose the Right Foulweather Gear

As with sails, engines and winches, sailors tend to be brand-loyal when it comes to foulweather gear. But what actually makes a good set of foulies? The Fabrics Take one look at the jackets on display at a boat show or sailing store and it’s clear that we’re not dealing with the Gorton’s Fisherman outfit Read More


Sailing Gear

Camping Gear for Sailing

Check out some of these small-boat add-ons and make yourself better prepared for that next overnight on the hook—or on the beach.      Pro Drybag from Subtech Sports Click for more details           Cobb Premier Grill Click for more details         Magna Compact Kitchen Click for more Read More