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.


Apparel and Accessories

Gear: Garmin quatix 3

Garmin quatix 3 Smart watches seem to be all the rage these days, monitoring how many steps you take (or don’t), allowing you to watch cat videos on the go, all kinds of useful things. But when it comes to marine smart- watches, most of them are actually pretty damn handy, and the Garmin quatix Read More


Sailing Gear

Choosing & Using AIS

In the 15 years since the marine AIS (Automatic Identification System) was introduced, many thousands of AIS receivers and transceivers have been sold for yacht installations. AIS is a method of tracking other vessels using a receiver or transceiver operating on the dedicated marine VHF Channels 87B (161.975MHz) and 88B (162.025MHz). Because of the considerable Read More

The signal from a distress beacon (1) is intercepted by a MEOSAR transceiver embedded in a navigation satellite (2) and transmitted to a ground station (3); the signal is then forwarded to a mission control center (4) and then to a rescue-response center (5) which coordinates the rescue (6)

Electronics and Navigation

Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue System Comes on Stream

For more than 30 years the Cospas-Sarsat system has been the mainstay of modern search and rescue, with many thousands of people rescued thanks to the orbiting satellites that monitor distress signals broadcast on the 406MHz band from EPIRBs and personal locator beacons. The problem with the Cospas-Sarsat combination of low-earth-orbit (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) Read More

Apparel and Accessories

Gear: SeaLife Micro 2.0 Camera

SeaLife Micro 2.0 One of the best things about sailing is the memories and what better way to capture the great times of your summer cruise than with a powerful, small and waterproof camera? The Micro 2.0 from SeaLife features a 16MP Sony CMOs image sensor that produces high-quality images and full 1080 HD video and a Read More

The Weego 44 portable

Engines and Systems

New Gear: Weego 44 Jump Starter

The Weego 44 portable jump-starter is easy-to-use, safe and reliable, and packs enough power to start 3.2 liter diesel engine. The Weego 44’s new, patent-pending “Smarty Clamps” have a rear hinge point and open much wider than traditional clamps, making it easier to connect the device to any battery terminal, and their design provides a Read More


Books and DVDs

Books for Sailors

The thud of a book landing on a desk is a rare pleasure in this digital age, much more satisfying than the ping of an email or text alert. Kindle has its place, but there’s nothing like paper to get a lasting message across. Good sailing fiction is a rare commodity these days—though there seems Read More


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