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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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