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.
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
Maui Jim Road Trip Sunglasses A good pair of sunglasses is a must for staying comfortable during a summer’s sail, and Maui Jim’s Road Trip shades are so lightweight and comfortable you might forget they’re on your face. They sport the company’s polarized, scratch- and impact-resistant MauiPure lenses, which provide an excellent view and, the Read More
Gill’s UV Tec Zip Neck Polo A long summer’s cruise can get even longer if you get fried in the sun the first day. This polo from Gill is here to help. The lightweight, technical fabric has 50-plus UV protection and wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you comfortable. The zip neck lets you open Read More
Helly Hansen HP HT Shorts The Hydro Power Helly Tech shorts are great for warm-weather cruising. They’re waterproof, weatherproof, breathable and are lined for comfort. They also have a semi-high waist to protect against unpredictable waves or the occasional rain shower, and the seat is reinforced to stand up to daily wear and tear. All Read More
Musto LPX Jacket The LPX is a lightweight and breathable coat that’s perfect for inshore or coastal cruising in warm weather. The jacket employs Gore-Tex to ensure that you will stay dry during a passing summer squall, and the forearms and hems are truly built to last—hell, parts of the jacket even include Kevlar for Read More
Wedge Canvas boat shoes The Canvas Wedge is a fresh take on the traditional boat shoe—by getting rid of the hot leather and replacing it with breathable canvas, the company has made a great set of kicks for the hot days of summer. They feature a molded heel for comfort and the company’s proprietary Razor-Cut Read More
When it comes to clothing, it always seems that you’re either a “vest guy” or you’re not (on land at least). But I’ve found that vests are a great asset—when the sun starts to go down or during those early mornings pulling out of the mooring field, when it’s not really cold but not yet Read More
SAILMON Model VII instrument system For racers looking to beef up their onboard systems, the Model VII from SAILMON offers an ultra-bright sunlight readable display with an integrated high-performance racing computer that offers grand-prix level software, 2D plots and fully configurable layouts. The 7in unit can be mast-mounted or installed at the helm, on a Read More
Larson Electronics 18-Watt LED Spotlight For those looking to add some much needed light to their boat, the 18-watt handheld LED spotlight from Larson Electronics is a good choice. The spotlight’s housing is constructed from precision-machined aluminum that is powder-coated to hold up to the marine environment. The spotlight pumps out 1,530 lumens and operates on 120 Read More
Today there are more devices than ever before that allow mariners to call for help when in distress, but how do they work, and which is the right one for you? On March 30, 2014, the coordinates 179W were transmitted from Andrew Taylor’s AIS MOB device after he went overboard during the 2013-2014 Clipper Round Read More