Gear

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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Go for the Green

by Kimball Livingston, Posted April 26, 2010
I want you to read this book. Even if you already know about Garry Hoyt’s schemes for simplifying sailing, even if you have your own perspective on a timeline for solar-electric conversion, there’s perspective here you need to consider.

Hoyt’s overview of the development of sailing, from a critical national technology to “the backwaters and eddies of a rich man’s sport,” sets up a vision of


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Anchor for Racers

by Sail Staff, Posted April 16, 2010

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The Top iPhone Apps for Sailing

by Mark Smith, Posted April 6, 2010
Apple's iPhone is an amazing piece of technology—it’s a full computer in a small package. As a recent convert to the iPhone, I've been exploring the world of apps to discover which ones provide something truly useful. When I searched for "sailing" in the App Store, over 150 programs popped up. Out of those, here are the three that I'd most want with me while cruising or racing.


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The AIS WatchMate RX from Vesper Marine is an all-in-one, standalone collision avoidance system that comes with an internal parallel two-channel Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, which allows it to effectively identify targets at a greater range.

In operation, the AIS WatchMate RX displays class A and class B vessel positions, voyage data, navigation aids, AIS safety messages


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