Charter

Sail Away - June 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted September 18, 2006

Less is More

If you’re looking for a Caribbean sailing vacation with more bang for the buck, summer is when you’ll find it. In June, many important elements—charter rates, airfares, crowds in anchorages, wind velocity—show a welcome downward trend. What’s more, the usually north-of-east trade winds shift to the south of east, so north-facing anchorages that are subject to northerly


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Cruising

Boat Test Checklist

by Sail Staff, Posted September 13, 2006
A professional boat test involves more than just an afternoon daysail. Using SAIL’s boat-test checklist could help make you a much more informed shopper By Bill Springer

Friends show me no pity when I tell them I’m off to test another boat, but in reality, boat testing can be hard work. Digging into a bilge, poking behind cabinets, under floorboards, and into the engine


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Boatworks

SensiBulb

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006
The maker of the SensiBulb boast that it has the warm color, intensity, and beam width of a 10-watt halogen—“close enough” in my testing—plus the cool operation, low draw, and long life of an LED. The basic $40 “bulb” fits as is into most dome lights, and accessories enable retrofitting to many reading lamps. Typical current usage of .14 amp can be reduced to .025 amp by using the built-in dimmer
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Electronics+Navigations

Port Networks MWB

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006
Port Networks’s approach to maximized marine WiFi is to minimize coaxial loss by packing a high-powered radio and 5.5-dB antenna into a waterproof box for deployment on deck whenever you’re docked or moored. Both power and signal run through a no-loss 25-foot Ethernet cable. While the $349 MWB-200 will usually find the best available WiFi signal automatically, complete control software is
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Electronics+Navigations

Olympus Stylus 720 SW

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006
This is one tough tiny camera. I dunked it into Boston Harbor, even photographed the muck, rinsed it under the tap, and it’s still snapping photos. Olympus’s Stylus 720 SW is shockproof, has a 3X zoom lens, and takes digital photos as large as 7.1 megapixels. Moreover, it offers 28 shooting modes, ranging from standards like “portrait” to more-esoteric operations like shooting “through glass.”
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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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