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Cold Comfort Reading

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 20, 2010
This time of year, with the boats packed up and the waters iced over, we often become armchair sailors by default. There’s no better time to delve into that list of sailing books you've been dying to read. Start with these suggestions from SAIL editors and readers, and send us a few of your own. Get cozy – reading season has only just begun.


Dallas


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The Ultimate Sailing Bag

by Charles Mason, Posted January 20, 2010
Here’s a new lightweight and eco-friendly carrying bag that’s made from recycled woven polypropylene. Covered with some of Sharon Green’s most spectacular sailing shots, this no-nonsense bag measures approximately 16 by 14 by 5 inches and can handle plenty of food and gear.

The webbed handles are well made—unlike many bags this size—and its all-up weight is a lot less than those plodding


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Small Boat, Big Adventure

by Sail Staff, Posted January 12, 2010
"Going places in your own sailboat is one of the greatest travel experiences you can have. And you don't need to go all the way to French Polynesia to experience the thrill of discovery that sailing offers. Simply exploring secluded coves in an inland lake can be an adventure that you and your family will never forget," writes Brian Gilbert in his new book The Complete Trailer
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Caribbean Cruising

by Charles Mason, Posted January 11, 2010
When the mailman delivers the latest edition of these cruising guiddes, it's like getting one of those fruit or candy boxes Aunt Sarah and Uncle George send to celebrate a special occasion: the contents look beautiful, but they taste even better.

Both of these guides have been around for more than a quarter century, and each new edition is carefully updated to invlude all the changes and


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Tacktick T104 Instruments

by Peter Nielsen, Posted December 21, 2009
I’d been thinking about installing new sailing instruments for a year before I finally took the plunge. The difficulty of choosing between several excellent makes was one problem. Another was the hassle factor; the significant amount of labor involved in running cables around the boat and installing the display heads. This accounts for much of the cost of upgrading instruments. The more I thought
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