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.


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


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


New Boats & Gear

Know How: Deck hardware

Whether you enjoy cruising or racing, friction is never your friend. Fortunately, the marine industry offers an incredible variety of low-friction hardware to make your time afloat more enjoyable. Blocks—the age-old friend to sailors the world over—are one of the most important pieces of sailing equipment and have greatly benefited from the advent of ball Read More


Apparel and Accessories

SAIL’s Online Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for the sailor in your life? We have compiled a list of gifts that will keep them warm, dry, and looking good. Kids’ Terra System Croakies The Kids’ Terra System Croakies aren’t only adorable, they are also adjustable and interchangeable. Made in the U.S.A. out of durable woven climbing rope, these colorfast Read More


New Boats & Gear

Know How: Chartplotters

When it comes to accurately keeping track of your whereabouts, modern chartplotters and multi-function displays (MFDs) are virtually indispensable. Provided they are properly networked to other onboard instrumentation (including AIS, GPS and radar), typically via a NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 data backbone, chartplotters/MFDs provide a wealth of real-time data that can dramatically simplify your Read More


New Boats & Gear

Know How: Batteries

Given the ongoing proliferation of electronic equipment and gadgets like watermakers, autopilots and electric winches on modern sailboats, it’s little surprise that batteries have become increasingly important. Typically speaking, marine batteries are 6- or 12-volts and are used as cranking batteries to start an engine, as deep-cycle batteries for house loads or as dual-purpose cells. Read More


Sailing Gear

Gear: Hobie Mirage Eclipse

Hobie Mirage Eclipse The latest stand-up paddleboard from Hobie Cat takes the sport to the next level by combining top-notch paddleboard construction with the company’s patented, leg-driven MirageDrive propulsion technology. The board is kitted out with a standing handlebar system that makes steering the SUP a breeze, however, if you want to do some traditional Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Gear: Garmin quatix 3

Garmin quatix 3 Smart watches seem to be all the rage these days, monitoring how many steps you take (or don’t), allowing you to watch cat videos on the go, all kinds of useful things. But when it comes to marine smart- watches, most of them are actually pretty damn handy, and the Garmin quatix Read More


Sailing Gear

Choosing & Using AIS

In the 15 years since the marine AIS (Automatic Identification System) was introduced, many thousands of AIS receivers and transceivers have been sold for yacht installations. AIS is a method of tracking other vessels using a receiver or transceiver operating on the dedicated marine VHF Channels 87B (161.975MHz) and 88B (162.025MHz). Because of the considerable Read More

The signal from a distress beacon (1) is intercepted by a MEOSAR transceiver embedded in a navigation satellite (2) and transmitted to a ground station (3); the signal is then forwarded to a mission control center (4) and then to a rescue-response center (5) which coordinates the rescue (6)

Electronics and Navigation

Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue System Comes on Stream

For more than 30 years the Cospas-Sarsat system has been the mainstay of modern search and rescue, with many thousands of people rescued thanks to the orbiting satellites that monitor distress signals broadcast on the 406MHz band from EPIRBs and personal locator beacons. The problem with the Cospas-Sarsat combination of low-earth-orbit (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) Read More