Electronics+Navigations

Fill 'er Up

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2007
Sailors rely on batteries to power any number of gizmos, but in the case of disposable batteries, this reliance comes at a hefty cost to the consumer and to the environment. More Power 2U claims its new Battery Xtender safely and effectively recharges disposable alkaline, nickel metal hydride, nickel cadmium, zinc carbon, titanium, and rechargeable alkaline manganese batteries without
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A Strangely Silent US-IRC

by Sail Staff, Posted March 6, 2007
By Kimball Livingston, West Coast Editor

How long has it been since anybody answered the phone at US-IRC? Maybe you know something I don't, but my personal count is over a month, and yes, I left messages.

Having waved the flag for IRC a time or two, and being of the opinion that racing in the USA is better off with IRC, I'm a bit perturbed at the lack of obvious momentum.


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Pittman Innovation Awards

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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Charter

Sail Away - October 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted March 5, 2007

When Winter Comes

…SPRING CAN SEEM FAR behind, especially if you live above the frostline and your boat is laid up for the winter. The tropical and subtropical cruising grounds most easily accessible to North American charterers—these include the Virgin, Windward, and Leeward islands of the Caribbean, Florida, the Bahamas, and Belize—are, for the most part,
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Charter

Sail Away - December 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted March 5, 2007

New Boats to Try

One of the pleasant aspects of chartering is the opportunity to give new and different boats and/or gear an extended test-sail. If you’re a lifelong monohull sailor, you can give a catamaran a week’s workout to see if sailing on two hulls is a good fit for your future sailing plans; if you wonder how the very latest modern conveniences might enhance
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Adil Khalid on his Second VOR

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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