Gear

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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Trailer Envy

by David Schmidt, Posted May 22, 2008
If you own an older boat, finding the right trailer can be a chore, especially if the boat is no longer in production. Luckily, there’s a solution. Meet Brian Bishop, owner of a boutique sailboat trailer company called Sailboat Transporter. After spending some frustrating time seeking a reliable, reasonably priced trailer for his Islander 36, Bishop realized that a market niche existed, which he
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Shady Threads

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By David Schmidt

As a kid, I scoffed at sunscreen. Now I seek out intelligent sailing gear that comes loaded with an SPF rating (perhaps that’s the inner kid still hating to rub on the slippery stuff).

Sunday Afternoon’s Sun Tee shirt perfectly fits this bill. Not only does it have an SPF 50 rating, but its soft, meshlike fabric feels cool on a hot day, and it dries super-fast, even


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May 2008 – Flagships New Gear

by Sail Staff, Posted May 9, 2008
Locked and LoadedOne of the great pleasures of voyaging is exploring ashore. An onboard bicycle can be a great convenience, but full-sized bikes are hard to stow. Folding bikes with small wheels can be unstable and tiring to ride. SwissBike’s XO boasts 26-inch wheels, an aluminum frame, a front shock absorber, high-quality components, and an easy-to-use folding
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New Gear – April 2008

by Sail Staff, Posted May 9, 2008
Vision QuestLooking for one pair of go-to shades that will serve you equally well on the water, at the club, and on the ski slopes? Kaenon’s new Kabin model features simple-yet-elegant Italian styling and is made of injection-molded TR-90 plastic for durability and minimal weight. The Kabin’s ultra-grippy nose pads will hold the glasses securely on your face, and the
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