Gear and Reviews

Flagships New Gear - December 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted January 17, 2008
Edited by David Schmidt

PROBLEM SOLVER
An override on a winch can become a big problem if you don’t have the right solution. The Spinlock ZS/OPEN is a mobile jammer that allows you to transfer a loaded line or sheet onto a different winch to fix the override, rearrange a bad lead, or deal with a spinnaker peel. Simply attach the Spinlock unit to the loaded


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Boat Reviews

Admiral 38

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 16, 2008
Shhhh, don’t tell Famous Potatoes she’s being included in an article about starter cats. She thinks she’s at least 42 feet long, and she’s about convinced me of it too. The most impressive thing about this boat is her incredibly spacious feel. Owners of larger cats have come aboard and exclaimed,“Wow, you have so much room! What a beautiful boat!”

I fell in love with her lines when


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Boatworks

BoatWorks: Outboard Engine Rebuild

by Sail Staff, Posted January 15, 2008
Seized motor? Don't be so quick to junk it. In the Fall 2007 BoatWorks, editors Dave Baldwin and Mark Corke brought a dead outboard back to life. Their mission was simple: Take the engine apart, diagnose its problem, and get it running again—and hopefully have a little fun in the process. The entire project took two days and the biggest problem they encountered was finding enough space in the
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Everything Else

Illuminated: Black & Decker Bright Bar

by Sail Staff, Posted January 15, 2008
Need to shed light on your engine without tapping your house batteries? Meet Black & Decker’s cordless Bright Bar and Mini Bright Bar. The units can provide focused light, area lighting, or 360-degree lighting, depending on the space that needs illuminating. They use long-life LED bulbs, which are reported to provide up to 10,000 hours of bulb life, and have an adjustable swivel-hanging hook for
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Boat Reviews

Bavaria 34

by Bill Springer, Posted January 15, 2008
The German builder Bavaria was sold for 1.3 billion euros in 2007, so it should not come as a surprise that the new owners are announcing new models. What surprises me a little is that the first new boat is a 34-footer rather than a big-ticket 60-footer. But then again, the new owners may realize that sticking with Bavaria’s proven high-volume production formula is probably a
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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