Gear

A Bit of Shade

by Charlie Garrard, Posted June 1, 2010
My J/105 is more of a racer than a cruiser, but every once in a while I put in a few nights aboard with the family. I’m 6ft 3in, and the boat has about a foot less headroom than I need, so I’ve always paid close attention to the weather—being stuck below on a rainy day for more than an hour or so would put a big damper on the trip. Last year I was offered a ShadeTree awning to try, and what a
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So you want to plot a course while watching Google Earth, monitoring fuel efficiency, geo-referencing digital photos, checking the weather, tracking the tide and reading a cruiser’s forum to find a good dinner spot? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are hundreds of apps for all of that.

Where once you had to combine information from cruising guides, almanacs, weather stations and


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Prada Style - Nuff Said!

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2010
You may not be able to sail like Brazilian Olympic medalist Torben Grael or James Spithill, helmsman for recent Larry Ellison’s recent America’s Cup winner, but now you can look like them—at least a little. Fashion icon Prada recently unveiled a what it calls its “Intrepid” sunglasses—the same glasses BMW Oracle Racing configured with a heads-up display similar to that used aboard fighter jets,
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With a Racer’s Edge wind sensor from Catch the Wind Inc., it is now possible to precisely measure the wind direction and velocity hundreds of yards away. The handheld fiber-optic device—which was part of BMW Oracle’s technical arsenal for the 33rd America’s Cup—weighs about 18lb and uses a pulsating laser to detect what the wind is up to, an approach that allows it to work even in poor
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April New Gear

by Sail Staff, Posted April 26, 2010
A BETTER BEACON

The GlobalFix PRO EPIRB transmits three different fully integrated signals—a GPS signal, a powerful 406 MHz signal and a 121.5 MHz homing beacon—to help attract rescuers as quickly and efficiently as possible in the event of an emergency offshore. The unit’s internal GPS can provide search-and-rescue teams with a position accurate to within a 100 yards in as little as three


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