Boatworks

Wind Powered

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2007
Estesian Technologies’s new wireless anemometer achieves self-sufficiency via an internal brushless generator that requires only a small amount of wind for power. The device is compatible with standard potentiometer-based wind-direction sensors, allowing it to provide wind-direction measurements. It is accurate to +/-0.17 knot, has a range of 300 feet, and has both pulse and analog outputs; a

Powerfilm Solar

by Sail Staff, Posted May 6, 2011
This isn’t a piece of communications gear per se, but with fossil fuel prices soaring it’s a good time for sailors to think of energy alternatives. These flexible PowerFilm Solar products offer some interesting options. All it takes is a modest-sized Rollable Charger (available in four sizes) to keep the batteries of a moored vessel topped off and ready to go. Depending on the size of the battery

Power on the Move

by Adam Cort, Posted July 10, 2012
After proving itself in a number of offshore races, including last year’s Transat Jacques Vabre, the Watt&Sea hydrogenerator is now available in a cruising version.

Shiny Canvas Covers

by Adam Cort, Posted June 5, 2013
Pity the poor boat cover that gets coated with an assortment of filth, including grit, mold, bird droppings and any filth that happens to fall from the sky.

Slippery Stuff

by David Schmidt, Posted January 7, 2009
When I raced Lasers as a kid, our team used to apply liquid dish detergent to our hulls to make them faster. This worked great for a little while before the soap washed off (usually measured in boatlengths from the dock). Team McLube’s Hullkote, a high-performance speed polish, takes this same concept many steps forward, delivering an ultra-smooth, bonded finish, when applied correctly. Hullkote
The solar-powered RailLight Premium LED light comes with a QuickMount attachment “system” featuring multiple attachment options. These include a rail clamp that attaches to railings measuring 3/4in to 11/4in in diameter; a transom clamp that adjusts up to 2in, for use with cockpit coamings, toerails or the topsides of a dinghy and rowboat; and a post mount that attaches permanently to any deck,

Trailer Upgrade 2.0

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
Carpet tacked to your trailer’s wood boat braces takes forever to dry if you sail on the salty, and its looks deteriorate after a season or two. Snaptraxx’s new modular trailer bunk system easily snaps together and encases 2-by-6 lumber without any hardware. SnapTraxx makes two different polymer versions—one allows your boat to slip easily off the trailer once it’s immersed in water, the other

Cool, Quiet, and Convenient

by Sail Staff, Posted August 15, 2011
Vetus NLPH waterlocks and mufflers cool exhaust gasses, minimize engine noise, protect your engine from the backflow of water up the exhaust when the engine is off and are easy to install in confined spaces. Each waterlock/muffler comprises two separate components that can be rotated to accommodate a particular hull shape and exhaust arrangement. Hose connections also rotate to help with

Crank in that Backstay!

by Adam Cort, Posted October 8, 2012
Harken’s new Integral Hydraulic Backstay Adjusters use double-acting pumps to deliver oil when the handle is pushed and pulled, reducing pumping time by nearly doubling the flow of single-acting pumps standard on other integrals.
Isotemp SPA water heaters from Indel Webasto include a stainless steel inner tank, injected polyurethane insulation and a robust polypropylene outer casing to provide a combination of performance and durability.
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