Gear

Automatic Airbags

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
For years, inflatable PFDs have provided sailors with a comfortable way to stay safe without wearing bulky gear. But there are more than a few stories of unwanted deployments. And how would you pull the jacket’s back-up manual “inflate” tab if you were knocked unconscious while getting tossed in the drink? Mustang Survival’s new Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device automatically
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2006 Holiday Gift Guide

by Sail Staff, Posted November 17, 2006
Finding the ideal gift for a discerning sailor isn't easy, especially if he or she has a quiver of go-fast goodies and cruising amenities. We've divided our suggestions into various categories: his, hers, kids, for the boat, and for anyone. For more holiday gift giving ideas, check out the December issue of SAIL. Happy Holidays.

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Shakespeare ART-3

by Sail Staff, Posted November 10, 2006
That in-the-red VSWR, reading on the ART-3 tester confirmed my suspicion that while the old VHF antenna attached looks okay, it must be fried internally. VSWR stands for “voltage standing wave ratio,” but Shakespeare reasonably calls it “antenna efficiency.” The ART-3 can also test transmission wattage (only 17 with this particular antenna, but a full 25 with a decent one) and can generate a tone
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Cockpit Comfort

by Sail Staff, Posted November 10, 2006
It can take hours to adjust a cockpit cushion just so, and, inevitably, perfection is attained just before tacking. SeaBound’s new line of Flaties self-inflating cushions is designed to enhance onboard comfort. One is a V-shaped bow cushion; other models can be clipped to lifelines. The cushions come in a variety of sizes to fit different cockpit benches, fold down small, and are easily carried
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Hurricane Insurance

by Sail Staff, Posted November 10, 2006
Few experiences are as surreal as prepping your boat for a hurricane. Will it be safe? Colligo Nautique has created this super-strong bridle-plate system that connects up to three anchors to help you ride out a blow. Made from zinc-plated, hot-dipped galvanized (HDG) steel, the system features a 3/4-inch HDG swivel that gives a boat a wide range of movement without chafing rodes or tangling
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