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by David Schmidt, Posted November 19, 2009
Synthetic rigging has come of age. Colligo Marine is now taking orders for made-to-order twelve-strand Dynex Dux (pre-stretched Dyneema SK-75) shrouds, backstays, and forestays (and other standing rigging), which are compatible with either lashing or turnbuckle-style tensioning systems. Colligo claims that the synthetic rigging is roughly the same cost as stainless-steel wire shrouds but is only
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Harken Radial Winches

by David Schmidt, Posted November 2, 2009
Harken made a big announcement at the 2009 U.S. Sailboat Show at Annapolis: A new line of winches, called the Radials. But unlike other “new” winches that are merely a 2.0 version of an existing product, Harken literally started with a blank sheet of paper and built from the ground up. The resulting winches are lighter, more efficient, safer, easier to install, and easier to upgrade to powered
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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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