Gear

Gill Celebrates a Quarter Century in North America

by Charles Mason, Posted October 22, 2009
There were lots of happy faces and plenty of celebratory toasts at the Gill 25th anniversary party held during this month's Annapolis Sailboat Show. Founder Nick Gill regaled the audience with some entertaining yarns about what it was like entering the North American sailing market for the first time.

And then Gill North America president, David Pritchard, followed up with some amusing


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Thin Film Solar Panels

by David Schmidt, Posted October 21, 2009
Looking for an innovative way of keeping your batteries trickle-charged, without adding a cumbersome and expensive fixed solar panel? SolarSail could be your solution.

These rollable solar films attach to your boat's canvas via supplied fasteners (mounting instruction included), allowing you to easily stow them when you collapse your canvas. The monolithically integrated panels are made


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Sperry Topsiders

by Meredith Laitos, Posted October 15, 2009
When you're scrambling around on the narrow, slippery boards of a Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe, non-slip shoes are a necessity. At the 2009 Heritage Regatta in Oxford, MD, SAIL raced on the log canoe Jay Dee wearing the Women's Ultra Marine and the Men's Cabo Shandal. With their superior grip and breathability, these kicks proved to be the ideal nautical performance footwear.

The women's: I was


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Ultrasonic Speed Sensor - New Gear

by Sail Staff, Posted September 30, 2009
Speed Thrills

How many times have you had to hand over the helm to your first mate, scramble belowdeck, remove a bit of the cabin sole, unscrew your paddle-wheel speed transducer, then deal with a handful of mucky growth that has fouled the unit? NKE's new Ultrasonic speed sensor puts an end to such chores. This unit, which can be painted with antifouling without reducing


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Boat Cleaning Products

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2009
WAX ON, WAX OFFTo make cleaning your boat a bit easier and a lot safer for the environment, Ecover recently introduced its eco-friendly Boat Wash Wax and Heavy Duty Boat Wash. These low-foaming cleaners and waxes clean and shine metal, fiberglass and painted marine surfaces, and are phosphate-free. The products are made from plant and mineral-based ingredients, including
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