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.

Less is more, but having the right headsail is vital offshore

Sail, Rope and Rigging

Choosing the Right Headsail for your Sailboat

As with many things, change comes slowly in the marine world, sometimes imperceptibly slowly, and we only notice how much things have changed when we look at an old photograph. That’s what happened to me. I was trolling through my photo archives when I noticed a photo of a cruising boat, rail down, lugging a Read More

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Electronics and Navigation

Iridium GO! Portable Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot System

We’ve never been early adopters when it comes to technology. (We only recently started using electronic charts.) However, we surprised ourselves when we recently purchased the new and comparatively untested Iridium GO! portable satellite Wi-Fi hotspot system. For the past five years of cruising aboard Ceilydh, our 40ft catamaran, we’ve used a combination of an Read More

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Sailing Gear

TackingMaster Wrist Tool

The new TackingMaster is a wrist-worn tool that’s designed to help provide tacticians with an easy-to-read wind overview that also provides a visual reminder of recent shifts. The TackingMaster ($75, tackingmaster.com) is worn like a wristwatch, but instead of a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, its movements are manually entered based on information that’s generated by Read More

The author is all smiles testing his lastest gadget

Electronics and Navigation

Smartphone Apps for Electric Outboards

I declared my love for the Torqeedo 1003 electric outboard in 2011, and the feeling has only deepened after two seasons of extensive testing. Despite a glitch or two, the motor has run like a top. Recently, the system also gained a very cool new accessory that has only made it all the better. The Read More

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Apparel and Accessories

Gear Review: Bikes Onboard

One of the best parts of arriving in a new port of call is the opportunity to go exploring—whether you’re looking for a place to get some food and drink, a secluded beach where you can kick back or somewhere to provision for the next leg of your journey. And what better way to do all that than by bicycle? Read More

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Engines and Systems

Gear Review: Hi-Speed Folding Propellers from EWOL

The Hi-Speed line of folding propellers from EWOL is for boats that sail fast, whether you do it with two hulls or one. The propellers are designed to keep their center of thrust aft and thus create a “fin effect” that keeps the propeller in a feathered position in most any conditions Read More

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