Gear

Chaco Z1 Sandals

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2008
Looking for the perfect sailing/hiking/exploring sandals? Look no farther than the Chaco Z1. These kicks are equally at home on a trail, on a beach, in the surf, or on a deck—provided you buy them with the nonskid Unaweep sole.

Credit the versatility to an ingenious strap-tightening system. Simply pull on the adjustment strap and you’re set; there’s no Velcro to come


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Pocket Sword

by David Schmidt, Posted July 7, 2008
Pocket SwordIf you like folding knives with a million built-in gadgets, stop reading this review. But if you value exceptional workmanship, excellent quality materials, and the sharpest blade that this sailor has ever used — bar none — meet the Basic 3 from the studio of boutique knife maker David Boye. After using countless stainless-steel diving knives that always end
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Dave Barry, Watch Out

by Elizabeth Wrightson, Posted June 20, 2008
We sailors rarely have to defend our sport because, well, we avoid arguing with nonsailors. Still, the occasional skirmish does occur, usually within range of a glass of something. “A bargument,” says Doug Hanks, “is a debate with no right or wrong answer, simple enough to discuss after three beers”—for example, Who would win in a war between California and Texas?

When Hanks met up with


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Picture Perfect

by Rebecca Waters, Posted June 19, 2008
With stunning marine photography and a nautical quote for every day of the year, Sailor’s Wisdom makes a great addition to any sailor’s library. In this impressive coffee-table tome, Philip Plisson—an acclaimed maritime photographer with over 400,000 photographs and 40 books under his belt—captures the many moods and aspects of the sea and those who live and work around it. From
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Puma Barrel Bag

by Sail Staff, Posted June 13, 2008
By David Schmidt

Finding the right ocean-going seabag isn’t easy. Buy one that's too big, and you’ll fill it (to the annoyance of your skipper, who might send you packing to repack). Buy one that’s too small, and you’ll likely regret that too.

Luckily, the new Barrel Bag, part of Puma’s sailing gear for its Volvo Ocean Race team, is


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