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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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

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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

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Books and DVDs

Book Review: Skippering a Small Keelboat by Grant Headifen

SKIPPERING A SMALL KEELBOAT Here, author Grant Headifen introduces a new kind of learning style, the hybrid eBook. Scan the QR codes in each chapter and you are taken to online graphics, animations and tutorials that help you grasp the concepts quickly and easily; it’s almost like having an instructor by your side the entire time. Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Gear: Fusion Sound-Panel

Fusion Sound-Panel When you’re upgrading the sound system on your boat, it’s easy to find somewhere to mount the receiver, but not so easy to work out proper locations for the speakers. That’s why you see so many installations with the speakers pointing downward or opposing each other across a saloon, neither of which will Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Gear: Shakespeare Webwatch

Shakespeare Webwatch Every month brings a new way to stay connected onboard, and Shakespeare’s WebWatch WCT-1 antenna is a case in point. The antenna is both a Wi-Fi hotspot and high-definition television antenna. It will pick up Wi-Fi signals and transmit them up to 32 users, and it can be equipped with a data-only SIM Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Gear: SI-TEX Explorer NavPro

SI-TEX Explorer NavPro Got a spare VGA display or PC monitor laying around and want to convert it to a high-end navigation system? SI-TEX’s Explorer NavPro will let you do just that. Running C-MAP charts from a mini-SD card, the powerful black box has a fast processor, full NMEA 2000 compatibility, two NMEA 0183 ports Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Gear: B&G Zeus3

B&G Zeus3 Want to navigate using the same hardware as the Volvo Ocean Race boats? B&G’s new Zeus3 chartplotter is just as useful for cruisers as for racers. Available in 7in, 9in, 12in and 16in versions, its touchscreen display is backed up by a rotary dial and keypad. The display boasts ultra-wide viewing angles and Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Gear: ACR AISlink

ACR AISlink ACR’s new AISlink MOB beacon will transmit a distress signal that can be picked up within a 5-mile radius by vessels equipped with either Class A or Class B AIS. Once activated, it sends an emergency message along with your GPS coordinates. It can also activate the DSC alarm on a vessel’s VHF Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Airmar DX900+ MultiLog

Accurately measuring leeway is arguably the holy grail of performance sailing analysis, but Airmar thinks it’s found the solution in a solid-state electromagnetic technology already used to monitor commercial fishing trawls. The DX900+ Multilog can purportedly determine both longitudinal and transverse speed through the water with nearly 0.1 knot accuracy, and thus can deliver precise Read More

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