Boatworks

Keeping Connected: Wi-Fi on Board

by Chris and Anne-Marie Fox, Posted July 2, 2014
Is the water potable? How’s the holding? Where’s the nearest chandlery? These are no longer the first questions posed by cruisers arriving in a new port. Nowadays, our first questions revolve around a more crucial topic: the Internet!
If you’ve ever anchored in a really muddy bottom, or amidst blocky granite seafloors, you know firsthand that pulling an anchor up by hand is neither fun nor fast. Quick Nautical Equipment recently unveiled two new vertical windlasses, the Aleph and the Dylan. Each model comes in three sizes. The Aleph is for boats between 22 and 49 feet; the Dylan is for boats from 38 to 64 feet. The windlasses

Two Point Five Horses

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
The latest in Suzuki’s line of four-stroke outboards looks like a welcome addition to the ranks of small dinghy motors. The DF 2.5 weighs in at 30 pounds and is claimed to have 25 percent more power than competing motors. It offers the usual four-stroke advantages of quiet running, frugal gas consumption, and cleaner exhaust fumes than two-strokes. It comes only in a short-shaft version and has a

Backdraft

by Sail Staff, Posted June 16, 2007
Fire is a major fear for anyone sailing offshore, even if the boat has ample extinguishers. Sea-Fire Marine’s integrated fire-suppression management system, called the Fire Control Panel, monitors cylinder pressure and fire, heat, carbon monoxide, and smoke levels; it can be programmed to simultaneously monitor—and shut down—up to eight specified onboard devices, including engines, generators,

AquaCharge Portable Pump

by Adam Cort, Posted April 11, 2012
Get the water out of your dinghy or bilges with the compact AquaCharge portable pump from ITT Industries. Measuring 7in x 3.25in x 5.5in, the pump is fully submersible.

Safe and Tidy Lines

by Adam Cort, Posted November 25, 2012
Tame the mess in your cockpit, organize those halyards up on the mast and preserve your dock lines with Robship’s expanded collection of rope bags, cockpit gear bags and rope protectors.

Jamestown Distributor Drainman Automatic Bilge Pump

by SAIL Editors, Posted April 3, 2014
  Drainman bilge pumps keep your dinghy or small boat free of water, without requiring any energy. 

LED Lights

by David Schmidt, Posted August 18, 2009
LED lights have revolutionized onboard lighting in recent years due to the featherweight draw they impose on house batteries. Initially LEDs were several times costlier than their incandescent brethren. Thankfully, this has changed recently, and Hella Marine’s line of NaviLED PRO navigation lights are a great example of affordable performance. These lights use a scant 10% of the power consumed by

Stanchion Collar

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
This is one of those handy little gizmos you never knew you needed before you saw it. The stainless-steel Stafford Universal Mounting Collar can be clamped onto a tube or pipe and has a countersunk, tapped hole so that things can be screwed to it; it’s a much more pleasing solution than the usual duct tape or hose clamps. It’s available in six sizes to fit up to 2-inch tube (from $11.95).

Bioluminescence?

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
For the owner who thinks he has everything, here is another toy. Enjoying drinks aboard at night—or better, going for a night sail—takes on a decidedly new twist with Imtra’s new IML Underwater Hull Light. The unit features a 150-watt high-output lamp that illuminates under and around the hull, but purportedly maintains a low operating temperature. The light’s underwater bezel is designed to
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