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.



Gear: West Marine’s Offshore 3000C Binoculars

No cruising boat is complete without a good pair of binoculars and a hand-bearing compass. West Marine’s Offshore 3000C binoculars combine both in one sturdy, waterproof package that will give you a lifetime of use. The 7 x 50 specification offers good magnification combined with excellent light-gathering ability; the lenses are made by Germany’s renowned Read More

Electronics and Navigation

Gear: iHome BT9

The Sounds of iHome If you don’t want to go to the trouble of installing a sound system on your boat, or you just want to be able to take your tunes ashore with you, the iHome BT9 could be just the thing. It streams wireless digital audio via Bluetooth, but it’s more than a Read More


Electronics and Navigation

Gear: Garmin VHF 110 and 200

Garmin VHF 110 and 200 Garmin’s latest VHF radios are similar in size but differ in capability. The VHF 110 is your basic entry-level DSC-capable fixed-mount VHF, featuring 25 watts of transmitting power, NOAA WX alerts and Garmin’s Position Tracking, which allows a user to track up to three other boats using Garmin VHFs. The Read More


Electronics and Navigation

Gear: Ronstan Vaavud Wind Meter

Ronstan Vaavud Wind Meter Sometimes the best addition to your boat’s electronics is the simplest one, and the Vaavud wind meter from Ronstan is certainly that. No wires to connect, no mounts to install—simply plug the anemometer into the headphone jack for your smartphone or tablet, download the free Vaavud app, and you’re good to Read More


Electronics and Navigation

Gear: B&G Vulcan 5 Sailing Chartplotter

B&G Vulcan 5 Sailing Chartplotter The new Vulcan 5 from B&G is a 5in multi-touch chartplotter with pinch-to-zoom capabilities. The Vulcan 5 can be integrated with existing NMEA 2000 networks and a wind instrument to allow sailors to tap into B&G’s SailSteer functionality. The Vulcan’s comprehensive navigation features include a built-in GPS, an array of Read More


Engines and Systems

Gear: Raymarine EV-100 Wheelpilot

I hadn’t long been sailing before I realized that being a slave to wheel or tiller wasn’t for me. Much as I enjoy steering a boat, doing so for hours on end becomes tedious and tiring. I’ve done many hard coastal and bluewater miles hand-steering when an autopilot or windvane gear broke down, and I Read More

Electronics and Navigation

Gear: inReach Explorer Extreme Communication Kit

inReach Explorer Extreme Communication Kit For those who like to travel off the beaten path, it’s important to keep in communication with the outside world, log your trip, set your waypoints, plan your trip and share it with your cruising mates—and the Delorme inReach explorer extreme communication kit fits the bill and then some. The Read More


Apparel and Accessories

Gear: Ocean Reef Aria Mask

Ocean Reef Aria In Mexico recently I noticed a guy snorkeling with the coolest mask and snorkel combination I’ve ever seen. It was the Aria from the Italian-based Ocean Reef Group. The mask has a unique design that allows divers to escape almost every negative aspect of the traditional snorkel and mask setup—there’s no more Read More


Electronics and Navigation

Gear: YachtSpot 4G+Wi-Fi G3 Router

YachtSpot 4G+Wi-Fi G3 Router This new Wi-Fi router from YachtSpot boasts a 4G module that works anywhere in the world, as opposed to devices that revert to 2G or 3G when outside their home regions. It supports most LTE 4G frequency bands as well as Wi-Fi. Its internet connection can be shared between all Wi-Fi-capable Read More


Books and DVDs

Book Review: Finding North by George Michelsen Foy

In the opening chapter, appropriately titled “Fear,” author George Michelsen Foy makes a compelling point about navigation: “From the start, staying alive has depended on navigation: the art of figuring out our position and in which direction to travel.” In fact, he’s referring to the moment you leave the womb; however, this sentiment holds true Read More