Winch technology has changed little over the last few decades, but now as winches with new features ...
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.
When it first came out twenty-six years ago The Art and Science of Sails immediately established itself as the preeminent text on how sails are made and work, covering the length and breadth of modern-day sailmaking—including the latest on sail design and engineering, as well as how to choose the best sails for your own Read More
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
Last year Raymarine, Garmin and Furuno all followed Simrad/B&G by introducing their own solid-state small radars, a technology that’s especially sailor-friendly, due to its fast startups, modest DC power needs and low emissions. However, only Garmin and Furuno have thus far included Doppler-assisted target motion features that instantly and automatically highlight underway vessels; and only Read More
By installing a Nautic Alert Decision Platform onboard you will, in essence, have a tireless mate who constantly minds the bilge, manages the pumps intelligently, and lets you know what’s happening, whether you’re in the cockpit or ashore. The Nevada ultrasonic sensor/controller precisely measures bilge levels to 0.1in and tracks cycles and time periods as Read More
The Fireboy CG and Ma Series automatic fire suppression systems recently took a big step forward environmentally by changing to 3M’s “Novec” 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, which has a proven track record in any number of industrial applications—including high-tech computer server facilities where it does not damage sensitive equipment and leaves no harmful residue. Unlike Read More
Flexofold’s newest two-blade saildrive propeller includes a number of technically interesting features that serve to set it apart from the competition. First and foremost, its patented hub is fabricated using a thermo-hardened polyurethane that electrically isolates the propeller from the saildrive unit. This, in turn, protects the blades and their associated bits from electrolysis due Read More
While there are a number of potable water filtration systems available, Forespar’s PureWater+ will be particularly useful in the compact galleys found on many modern boats where the countertop is almost completely taken up by a stove, reefer access and a sink. The reason for this is that the unit requires only minimal real estate Read More
A recognized leader in the area of electric yacht propulsion, Torqeedo has captured the market’s attention with the new pod motors used in its Cruise 2.0/4.0/10.0 saildrives, and especially with the modified Cruise 4.0 used in Hanse’s innovative E-Motion Rudder Drive. The three saildrives are listed as having the same propulsive power as combustion engines Read More
If a kind of elegant simplicity is an integral part of good design, then it would be hard to find a better example of excellence than Ino-Rope’s Ino Ending 3.6. An evolution of the Ino-Block, in which a short loop of HMPE line takes the place of a conventional axle, or pin, the Ino-Ending takes Read More
Back in 2010 one of the many gadgets Jimmy Spithill employed aboard his enormous Cup-winning BMW Oracle trimaran was a sunglasses-mounted heads-up display, a la “Top Gun.” Now this once gee-whiz technology is not only available to the masses at an affordable price point, but can be employed without even having to forego your favorite Read More