Here are some tips, techniques and equipment all coastal sailors should keep in mind.
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.
SeaLife Micro 2.0 One of the best things about sailing is the memories and what better way to capture the great times of your summer cruise than with a powerful, small and waterproof camera? The Micro 2.0 from SeaLife features a 16MP Sony CMOs image sensor that produces high-quality images and full 1080 HD video and a Read More
The Weego 44 portable jump-starter is easy-to-use, safe and reliable, and packs enough power to start 3.2 liter diesel engine. The Weego 44’s new, patent-pending “Smarty Clamps” have a rear hinge point and open much wider than traditional clamps, making it easier to connect the device to any battery terminal, and their design provides a Read More
The thud of a book landing on a desk is a rare pleasure in this digital age, much more satisfying than the ping of an email or text alert. Kindle has its place, but there’s nothing like paper to get a lasting message across. Good sailing fiction is a rare commodity these days—though there seems Read More
Sea Eagle 370 Kayaks are a great way to explore a new anchorage, but stowing them on deck takes up valuable space. The solution? An inflatable kayak, of course. The 370 from Sea Eagle weighs only 32lb when it is deflated and measures a mere 31in-by-19in-by-8in. However, blow it up and the 12ft 4in kayak Read More
Yeti Hopper Yeti has long been an industry leader when it comes to keeping things cool—hell, its hard coolers are bear-proof. But the company’s latest offering might be its most boat-ready yet: the Hopper soft-sided cooler. Leave it to Yeti to take the usually flimsy and leaky soft-sided cooler and flip it on its head Read More
Montague Allston While carrying a kayak or a SUP onboard is a great way to explore the shores and waterways of a new port-of-call, it’s hard to beat the convenience of having a bike with you when it comes to exploring shore side. But like all things, space onboard is a factor. Enter the Allston Read More
Maui Jim Road Trip Sunglasses A good pair of sunglasses is a must for staying comfortable during a summer’s sail, and Maui Jim’s Road Trip shades are so lightweight and comfortable you might forget they’re on your face. They sport the company’s polarized, scratch- and impact-resistant MauiPure lenses, which provide an excellent view and, the Read More
Gill’s UV Tec Zip Neck Polo A long summer’s cruise can get even longer if you get fried in the sun the first day. This polo from Gill is here to help. The lightweight, technical fabric has 50-plus UV protection and wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you comfortable. The zip neck lets you open Read More
Helly Hansen HP HT Shorts The Hydro Power Helly Tech shorts are great for warm-weather cruising. They’re waterproof, weatherproof, breathable and are lined for comfort. They also have a semi-high waist to protect against unpredictable waves or the occasional rain shower, and the seat is reinforced to stand up to daily wear and tear. All Read More