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.

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Props

TORQEEDO Pod Motors

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

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Sail, Rope and Rigging

Ino-Rope Ino-Ending 3.6

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

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Apparel and Accessories

Garmin Nautix In-view Display

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

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Electronics and Navigation

Standard Horizon GX6500 VHF/AIS transponder

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

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Electronics and Navigation

GoFree Connected Vessel

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

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Engines and Systems

Vetus ILT Universal Tank Inspection Ports

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

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Apparel and Accessories

Mantus Scuba System

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

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Safety

PanPan MOB Beacon & App

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

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Apparel and Accessories

Holiday Gift Guide

Time Keeper Designed by a sailor with a love of maritime traditions and history, this clock and weather instrument combo, made of PVD coated stainless steel, will grace any home. With six different gift sets to choose from, you will be sure to find a top-quality and affordable nautical combination to suit the sailor in Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Know How: EPIRBS

When calamity strikes, there’s no substitute for an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), a device that should be considered as important as a liferaft. This satellite-monitored electronic signaling device is registered to—and carried by—the vessel, not an individual, and operates on a frequency of 406 MHz to directly contact search-and-rescue (SAR) authorities around the world. Read More

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