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Zodiac’s J.J. Marie assumes top gun status

by Charles Mason, Posted February 27, 2009
During a career that spanned a quarter of a century, J.J. Marie and his team built the Zodiac line of inflatable boats into one of the best-known brands in the world. Marie had already enjoyed success in many well-known international companies before he joined the Zodiac Groupe in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario.

In 1990 Marie moved to the United States as president of Zodiac of North America and


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6 New DVDs

by Rebecca Waters, Posted February 27, 2009
Cast Off for Mexico
In their second video cruising guide (Cast Off for Catalina was released in 2005) Mark Ritts and Ted Field explain the ins and outs of cruising to Mexico, including what to bring, how to clear customs, and navigational tips. Though thy complete the trip on a powerboat, the video includes some excellent sailboat footage and would be a useful resource for
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Avoiding boomers

by Dan Corcoran, Posted February 6, 2009
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT. A CHANCE OF T-STMS IN THE AFTERNOON. Also a chance that a product below will provide many many more details...

…and possibly allow you to enjoy a good day’s sailing in spite of an iffy forecast. With real-time weather-tracking capability you can see rain and thunderstorms moving through the area, allowing you to make smarter decisions about when to head


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Channel Surfing

by Sail Staff, Posted February 6, 2009
When I started sailing, 50 years ago, electronic gear was a rarity. In fact, a knotmeter was the only electronic device aboard the first boat I sailed on. Obviously, things have evolved a lot since then. An onboard TV was once the sole province of the wealthy, but now they’re becoming increasingly common, even on fairly small boats. Some cruisers hate the idea, while others can’t do without
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Easy Options

by Sail Staff, Posted February 6, 2009
Here’s good news for foredeck crews who have to deal with hectic sail changes and less-than-ideal sheeting angles. Harken’s new high-load snatch blocks feature an innovative soft-strop attachment system that makes life easy. The blocks currently come in four sizes (safe working loads of 5,070 pounds, 10,805 pounds, 18,080, and 26,460 pounds), and should work well in such static-line applications
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