Gear

2007 FKP Awards

by Sail Staff, Posted March 6, 2007
Edited by David Schmidt

By definition, sailors are gearheads. Whether it’s a new sail, new electronics, or even a new mainsheet, they’re eager to put their new gear through the paces. Few people recognized this love of gear and need for innovation more than the late Freeman K. Pittman, SAIL’s technical editor from 1982 to 1996. Freeman was widely regarded by members of the marine


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Mr. Oxford Boat Yard

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2007
I hesitated before throwing a heavy line into the thin outstretched arms of the older fellow standing at the head of our slip. But he caught the line, wrapped it deftly around a cleat, and beckoned for the next one. This was our first visit to the quiet Chesapeake Bay town of Oxford, Maryland, and we had just met James Robert “Just call me Jimmy” Taylor, Oxford Boat Yard’s 95-year-old dockmaster
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Remote Controlled

by Sail Staff, Posted February 16, 2007
If you want to harness the full power of your yacht’s flat-screen TV, high-end stereo, theater-area lighting and more, you can do it with Remote Technologies’s T4 Universal Controller. The touch-panel device features an integrated 802.11 WiFi card, onboard speakers, and a 6.4-inch LCD display with full VGA resolution, allowing this handheld to display video windows and web pages. This stand-alone
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Constant Watchman

by Sail Staff, Posted February 16, 2007
Clearly seeing objects at night and keeping a watchful eye on your yacht are objectives that any owner seeks, especially if these can be accomplished from anywhere. Night Vision Technologies’s 6000 series multiple-sensor vision system boasts a thermal imager, a high-resolution 312X zoom color camera, and an ultra-low-lux camera for crisp diurnal or nocturnal viewing. The unit also features a
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Powered Up

by Sail Staff, Posted February 16, 2007
If you’ve traveled to the world’s exotic ports, odds are good that you’ve experienced troubles accessing shore power. Vectek’s VSP Series II shore-power converter equalizes a boat’s power requirements with available shore power. The VSP Series II accepts multiple power inputs; you determine whether the power supply is one- or three-phrase, and the converter does the rest. The unit also features
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