New Gear – July 2007

Edited by David Schmidt

Safe Haven
It’s not easy to find the right sea bag. If it’s too big, you’ll inevitably fill it; if it’s too small for all your gear, you can look forward to cold, miserable night watches. Harken’s new Waterproof Duffel bag can hold everything you need for a multiday trip and is small enough to double as a daysailing tote. The fabric is polyurethane-impregnated nylon, the panels are welded, the seams are taped, and the zippers are water-resistant. The external pocket will hold a digital camera, knife, wallet, and other essentials. $95. Harken, Inc., 262-691-3320,

Sun Duds
Camet’s new Hobart Extreme Short and Code Zero shirt are purpose-built for sailors and thrive in wet, sunny environs. The shorts feature a gusseted crotch, a reinforced seat, an adjustable waist, and a UV rating of 40+. They weigh virtually nothing (Camet claims 9 ounces) and dry quickly. The shirt (your choice of long or short sleeves) is made from an airy-feeling meshlike material that quickly wicks moisture and comes in several light-reflecting colors. Shorts, $73; shirt, from $42. Camet International, 619-224-6737,

Problem Solved
Have you ever arrived at a busy fuel dock, waited in line, tied up at the dock and prepared to fill up with fuel or water—and then realized that the only deck key you can locate doesn’t fit all of your deck caps? Sailor’s Solutions’s universal deck key can be easily adjusted to fit any common-sized deck cap, and it will accept a 3/8-inch drive ratchet to tackle deck caps that are hard to budge. The bright-orange device floats, and it won’t rust. $19.95. Sailor’s Solutions, 631-754-1945, www.

Smooth Spinners
Blocks are rarely noticed—unless they fail or slow you down. Ronstan’s new Orbit blocks are both light and strong, thanks to their polymer-and-fiber construction, and are packed with enough features and options that you’ll notice them. There are currently 18 configurations of Series 55 blocks that are aimed at a variety of applications on boats into the 30-foot range; larger 70mm Orbit blocks are expected soon, with smaller sizes to follow. The open-frame blocks feature a replaceable Dyneema strop connection point and silky-smooth sheaves. From $29.99. Ronstan International, Inc., 401-293-0539,


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