Here are some tips, techniques and equipment all coastal sailors should keep in mind.
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.
While there are a number of potable water filtration systems available, Forespar’s PureWater+ will be particularly useful in the compact galleys found on many modern boats where the countertop is almost completely taken up by a stove, reefer access and a sink. The reason for this is that the unit requires only minimal real estate Read More
A recognized leader in the area of electric yacht propulsion, Torqeedo has captured the market’s attention with the new pod motors used in its Cruise 2.0/4.0/10.0 saildrives, and especially with the modified Cruise 4.0 used in Hanse’s innovative E-Motion Rudder Drive. The three saildrives are listed as having the same propulsive power as combustion engines Read More
If a kind of elegant simplicity is an integral part of good design, then it would be hard to find a better example of excellence than Ino-Rope’s Ino Ending 3.6. An evolution of the Ino-Block, in which a short loop of HMPE line takes the place of a conventional axle, or pin, the Ino-Ending takes Read More
Back in 2010 one of the many gadgets Jimmy Spithill employed aboard his enormous Cup-winning BMW Oracle trimaran was a sunglasses-mounted heads-up display, a la “Top Gun.” Now this once gee-whiz technology is not only available to the masses at an affordable price point, but can be employed without even having to forego your favorite Read More
While building the first VHF radio combined with a Class B AIS transceiver may have been enough of a challenge in and of itself for some manufacturers, Standard Horizon went even further by adding unique remote station capabilities. The GX6500 can support two RAM4 wired mics or one wired and up to four RAM4W wireless Read More
When Navico created its GoFree brand in 2014, the ultimate goal was to create a comprehensive connection between you and your vessel via the Internet. GoFree Track is the resulting selection of monitoring and communications hardware, and GoFree Vessel is the bundle of web services you use to manage the system and enjoy the results. Read More
No one worries more about what’s really inside their water and fuel tanks than a dedicated cruiser on the go. On many boats tank inspection ports are an afterthought, but thanks to Dutch marine-systems specialist Vetus, that should soon be changing. Vetus’s new universal inspection ports boast a clever “clamp and seal” design that allows Read More
Many cruisers like the idea of carrying scuba gear, both for underwater exploration and underwater repair and maintenance jobs, but are thwarted by the expense and sheer bulk of the equipment involved. Now the folks at Mantus Anchors have shattered that barrier with a new compact lightweight mini-scuba kit that is both easy to stow Read More
The next generation EPIRB is almost here, and it adds a local rescue dimension to the renowned yet still improving global capabilities of the 406 MHz COSPAS-SARSAT system. Upon regular 406 transmitter activation, the McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB will also begin sending out an AIS emergency signal, so that all AIS-equipped vessels within VHF Read More
The PanPan personal beacon is a waterproof 1.2-by-3.1in Bluetooth 4.0 device that can create an active MOB network aboard your boat by leveraging the capabilities of the smartphones and tablets you already have onboard. Basically, in the event you or your beacon get far enough away from whatever screens you have working, the Bluetooth connection Read More