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

Gear: Sea Eagle 370

Sea Eagle 370 Kayaks are a great way to explore a new anchorage, but stowing them on deck takes up valuable space. The solution? An inflatable kayak, of course. The 370 from Sea Eagle weighs only 32lb when it is deflated and measures a mere 31in-by-19in-by-8in. However, blow it up and the 12ft 4in kayak Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Gear: Yeti Hopper Cooler

Yeti Hopper Yeti has long been an industry leader when it comes to keeping things cool—hell, its hard coolers are bear-proof. But the company’s latest offering might be its most boat-ready yet: the Hopper soft-sided cooler. Leave it to Yeti to take the usually flimsy and leaky soft-sided cooler and flip it on its head Read More


Sailing Gear

Gear: Montague Allston Folding Bike

Montague Allston While carrying a kayak or a SUP onboard is a great way to explore the shores and waterways of a new port-of-call, it’s hard to beat the convenience of having a bike with you when it comes to exploring shore side. But like all things, space onboard is a factor. Enter the Allston Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Maui Jim Road Trip Sunglasses

Maui Jim Road Trip Sunglasses A good pair of sunglasses is a must for staying comfortable during a summer’s sail, and Maui Jim’s Road Trip shades are so lightweight and comfortable you might forget they’re on your face. They sport the company’s polarized, scratch- and impact-resistant MauiPure lenses, which provide an excellent view and, the Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Gear: Gill’s UV Tec Zip Neck Polo

Gill’s UV Tec Zip Neck Polo A long summer’s cruise can get even longer if you get fried in the sun the first day. This polo from Gill is here to help. The lightweight, technical fabric has 50-plus UV protection and wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you comfortable. The zip neck lets you open Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Gear: Helly Hansen HP HT Shorts

Helly Hansen HP HT Shorts The Hydro Power Helly Tech shorts are great for warm-weather cruising. They’re waterproof, weatherproof, breathable and are lined for comfort. They also have a semi-high waist to protect against unpredictable waves or the occasional rain shower, and the seat is reinforced to stand up to daily wear and tear. All Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Musto LPX Jacket

Musto LPX Jacket The LPX is a lightweight and breathable coat that’s perfect for inshore or coastal cruising in warm weather. The jacket employs Gore-Tex to ensure that you will stay dry during a passing summer squall, and the forearms and hems are truly built to last—hell, parts of the jacket even include Kevlar for Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Sperry Topsider Original

Wedge Canvas boat shoes The Canvas Wedge is a fresh take on the traditional boat shoe—by getting rid of the hot leather and replacing it with breathable canvas, the company has made a great set of kicks for the hot days of summer. They feature a molded heel for comfort and the company’s proprietary Razor-Cut Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Henri Lloyd Breeze Vest

When it comes to clothing, it always seems that you’re either a “vest guy” or you’re not (on land at least). But I’ve found that vests are a great asset—when the sun starts to go down or during those early mornings pulling out of the mooring field, when it’s not really cold but not yet Read More


Electronics and Navigation

Gear: SAILMON Model VII Instrument System

SAILMON Model VII instrument system For racers looking to beef up their onboard systems, the Model VII from SAILMON offers an ultra-bright sunlight readable display with an integrated high-performance racing computer that offers grand-prix level software, 2D plots and fully configurable layouts. The 7in unit can be mast-mounted or installed at the helm, on a Read More