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Sea Creatures

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
The toughest part of using a life jacket is making sure to put the thing on. This goes double for kids. There’d have to be something seriously wrong, though, with any kid who wouldn’t want to wear a life jacket like this. Opa Cove’s Sea Squirts line includes both U.S. Coast Guard certified life jackets and “swim assist” vests for youngsters still working on their dog paddle. The vests’ neoprene
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While Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) have been appearing on more commercial and recreational vessels, many sailors still find it to be cost-prohibitive. As an alternative, I recently used a combination of smartphone apps and AIS websites...


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Karver Flying Cam Cleat

by Adam Cort, Posted January 10, 2012

“Every sailor’s ditty bag ought to have one of these things in it,” proclaimed one of our judges. Many of those ditty bags will, of course, belong to racers (dinghy sailors in particular will like the flying cleat for handling loaded working lines more comfortably), but we think cruisers will ultimately find the most creative uses.


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Few sailors look forward to climbing the mast, but inevitably there comes a time when it’s necessary to make repairs aloft. Bosun’s chairs are the method of choice, but you need...


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Yacht Thruster i-Thrust Hydraulic Bow and Stern Thrusters

by SAIL Editors, Posted April 10, 2014

Yacht Thruster’s i-Thrust hydraulic bow and stern thrusters employ a beefy transmission belt between the motor and propellers, so there is no need for oil in the gear housing.


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