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Chart-Topping DVD

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2006
Maptech has released a DVD containing 2,300 NOAA nautical charts and 730 river charts, along with GPS navigation software. The software lets you create waypoints and routes on a computer, and if you hook your GPS up to an onboard laptop, your boat’s position will be displayed in real time. It also lets you print out route plans and chart segments. Charts are arranged by region and can be updated
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Kayak to Go

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2006
Here’s another worthy addition to the long list of Cool Stuff to Have On Your Boat. Part inflatable, part folding boat, the Yakka 120 kayak can carry 265 pounds of prime sailing beef. From its packed-down dimensions of 59 inches by 30 inches, the Yakka extends to a 9-foot, 5-inch kayak. It won’t replace a proper tender, but it’s ideal for early-morning stealth runs around the harbor. $599. BIC
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Pirate or Privateer

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2006

It’s not too difficult to look like a pirate. If you work at it, you can have a boat that looks like a pirate ship. It’s quite another matter to be a commissioned privateer with an official letter of marque signed by a state governor and a US president. Thanks to North Carolina and President Reagan, Captain Horatio Sinbad and his lieutenant, Terry Brown, can claim all of that and


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Wear Your Sunscreen

by Sail Staff, Posted August 1, 2006
In the August issue of SAIL, we provided a few tips to help protect your skin from the sun. Here is a list of Web sites with additional information:

Class Action Suit Against Sunscreen Manufacturers - Skin Cancer Foundation

Clothing Styles and Fabrics Ranked for Sun Protection -
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Fear No Fire

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2006
The one thing you shouldn’t do with a fire in an enclosed space—like an engine bay on a boat—is to add more air. Smell something burning, open the engine compartment, and whoosh, say goodbye to your eyebrows, and maybe to your boat. That’s why I like this simple install-it-yourself Fire Port ($8.74). If you ever see flames through the transparent window, just puncture it with the nozzle of a fire
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