Alain Janet is pretty talkative these days, and with good reason. The head of the UK Sailmakers loft...
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.
One of the toughest parts of sailboat racing, especially for newbies, is keeping track of windshifts and visualizing how they affect your strategy and tactics—issues that can be especially critical on today’s demanding windward-leeward race tracks. Enter the TackingMaster, an easy-to-use, mechanical instrument (no batteries required!) that not only helps you determine the favored Read More
Seldén’s S-series winch simplifies tacking and makes handling a loaded sheet easier and safer by allowing you to tail the line to your heart’s content with it already running through the self-tailing mechanism and the winch handle in its socket—no more having to pop in the handle or thread the loaded line while you’re Read More
Torqeedo, the same company that made a name for itself building viable electric outboards, now appears ready for the big-time with its new Deep Blue Hybrid system for boats from 40ft to 80ft. Employing the same motors found in the company’s larger outboards, Deep Blue represents a fully integrated system of high-end components of Read More
Organizing the cold stuff for a longer cruise just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Dometic Marine’s new Waeco CRX range of three-in-one refrigerator/freezers, featuring a patented removable freezer compartment. The key to this new system is a condenser plate that is folded in such a way that the majority of its surface Read More
Blue Sea Systems continues to introduce a variety of different components to help improve a boat’s onboard electrical system. Among the latest is the BatteryLink waterproof charger suitable for flooded, AGM and TPPL batteries, a compact piece of kit that will be especially useful aboard smaller vessels. Measuring 6.7in-by-4.9in-by-2.1in, it incorporates an internal 65 Read More
Until recently the only solar sails were those designed for catching the solar wind aboard spacecraft, but not anymore, thanks to UK Sailmakers France and SolarCloth System’s Power Sails. The key here is a set of lightweight, non-load-bearing ultra-thin solar panels—typically 65 microns thick—which are laminated, glued, stitched or even zipped to a boat’s Read More
It’s always been a bit of a Catch-22: the best way to signal for help after dark is by igniting a very hot flame—thereby immediately increasing the danger in an already fraught situation. Recently a number of different electronic “flares” have been created to get around this problem, but it was up to Sirius Read More
Because of the tremendous number of variables involved, it’s much harder for software algorithms to create a safe, sensible route on a chart than it is on a road map. However, the new Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting engine represents a significant leap forward in its ability to figure out the best way to go, even Read More
Going overboard at night, especially offshore, can be a death sentence if the crew onboard can’t see you. In recent years any number of different strobes and other lights have been developed to rectify this situation, but few if any have matched the Lume-On for practicality or convenience. Comprised of a pair of water-activated Read More
Innovation doesn’t usually involve feature removal, but by doing away with Ethernet in its Vulcan 7, B&G has created a powerful new multifunction display that allows small-boat sailors to take advantage of features previously only available to the big boys. Because the V7 lacks Ethernet, there’s no radar. Nor is there chart-sharing across displays. Nonetheless, Read More