Every year there’s a kind of competition within a competition as mechanical systems vie with elect...
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.
I hadn’t long been sailing before I realized that being a slave to wheel or tiller wasn’t for me. Much as I enjoy steering a boat, doing so for hours on end becomes tedious and tiring. I’ve done many hard coastal and bluewater miles hand-steering when an autopilot or windvane gear broke down, and I Read More
inReach Explorer Extreme Communication Kit For those who like to travel off the beaten path, it’s important to keep in communication with the outside world, log your trip, set your waypoints, plan your trip and share it with your cruising mates—and the Delorme inReach explorer extreme communication kit fits the bill and then some. The Read More
Ocean Reef Aria In Mexico recently I noticed a guy snorkeling with the coolest mask and snorkel combination I’ve ever seen. It was the Aria from the Italian-based Ocean Reef Group. The mask has a unique design that allows divers to escape almost every negative aspect of the traditional snorkel and mask setup—there’s no more Read More
YachtSpot 4G+Wi-Fi G3 Router This new Wi-Fi router from YachtSpot boasts a 4G module that works anywhere in the world, as opposed to devices that revert to 2G or 3G when outside their home regions. It supports most LTE 4G frequency bands as well as Wi-Fi. Its internet connection can be shared between all Wi-Fi-capable Read More
In the opening chapter, appropriately titled “Fear,” author George Michelsen Foy makes a compelling point about navigation: “From the start, staying alive has depended on navigation: the art of figuring out our position and in which direction to travel.” In fact, he’s referring to the moment you leave the womb; however, this sentiment holds true Read More
SKIPPERING A SMALL KEELBOAT Here, author Grant Headifen introduces a new kind of learning style, the hybrid eBook. Scan the QR codes in each chapter and you are taken to online graphics, animations and tutorials that help you grasp the concepts quickly and easily; it’s almost like having an instructor by your side the entire time. Read More
Fusion Sound-Panel When you’re upgrading the sound system on your boat, it’s easy to find somewhere to mount the receiver, but not so easy to work out proper locations for the speakers. That’s why you see so many installations with the speakers pointing downward or opposing each other across a saloon, neither of which will Read More
Shakespeare Webwatch Every month brings a new way to stay connected onboard, and Shakespeare’s WebWatch WCT-1 antenna is a case in point. The antenna is both a Wi-Fi hotspot and high-definition television antenna. It will pick up Wi-Fi signals and transmit them up to 32 users, and it can be equipped with a data-only SIM Read More
SI-TEX Explorer NavPro Got a spare VGA display or PC monitor laying around and want to convert it to a high-end navigation system? SI-TEX’s Explorer NavPro will let you do just that. Running C-MAP charts from a mini-SD card, the powerful black box has a fast processor, full NMEA 2000 compatibility, two NMEA 0183 ports Read More
B&G Zeus3 Want to navigate using the same hardware as the Volvo Ocean Race boats? B&G’s new Zeus3 chartplotter is just as useful for cruisers as for racers. Available in 7in, 9in, 12in and 16in versions, its touchscreen display is backed up by a rotary dial and keypad. The display boasts ultra-wide viewing angles and Read More