Gear

Ronstan Core Block Series

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2010
Ronstan’s Core Blocks include a proprietary two-stage bearing system and durable alloy cheeks. Stage one provides “ultra-low friction” when handling moderate loads. The second stage engages when the wind pipes up and loads increase. According to Ronstan, this two-stage approach cuts overall friction almost in half.

Core Block cheeks are precision-shaped with an eye toward providing maximum


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Gill OS2 Offshore Smock

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2010
The Gill OS2 Smock features three-layer construction, which makes it easier to get the jacket on and off, and also more comfortable to wear.

Intended for serious coastal and offshore sailing, the smock configuration offers the advantage over a regular jacket of having fewer openings for water to get through. This can be especially important when working on the foredeck or when out during


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Easy Reading

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2010
Easy Reading Sailmon instruments are fully configurable, which means data can be presented in a range of different colors, digit sizes and orientations to meet your crew’s unique needs. Equally vibrant in the dark and in direct sunlight, the monitors can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Numbers can be sized anywhere from 1 1/2 in to 5 1/2 in, and the system is connected wirelessly over a
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Flat and Fast

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2010
Facnor’s new FlatDeck furler combines the ease of single-line reefing with the low profile and mechanical advantage of a continuous-line furler. Because its hybrid furling line merges flat webbing with regular rope, the furling drum can be flatter and wider than a conventional furling drum. This creates more leverage when furling the sail and leaves more space on the forestay for the luff of the
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The Color of Safety

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2010
After years of manufacturing orange liferafts, Viking Life-Saving Equipment is now making its rafts fluorescent yellow. Viking made the switch after extensive testing showed that yellow shows up better against the grays and blues of the ocean, as well as in fog. Viking has incorporated the color into its upgraded RescYou line of rafts, which also features a blue inner lining that is said to have
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