Everything Else

When it comes to safety, working with rigging and completing everyday chores, knives have long been essential onboard tools. Here’s a selection of the best in the market.

Wrino Wrestling

by David Schmidt, Posted March 10, 2009
There’s nothing new about a boat hook—unless it’s so innovative that it makes docking or mooring a boat easier and safer. At least that’s what the judges at the 2008 Marine Accessories Aftermarket Trade Show (MAATS) in Las Vegas thought of the new telescoping Wrino Boat Mooring Hook. With its second, smaller hook and a splice-gripping clip opposite the hooks, you can hitch

Roll It Onboard

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2006
For many years I’ve carted my sailing gear around in a Gill cargo bag. Now Gill’s luggage line has been updated and expanded. A prime example is this extra-large bag with wheels. The $139.99 Rolling Jumbo Bag is made from PU-coated polyester, and among its many useful features are a waterproof compartment for wet clothing and separate pockets for footwear. How nice to be able to keep your stinky

Zip-Locked

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
There are water-resistant bags, and then there are dry bags. Watershed’s Yukon is a dry bag, meaning that provided you close the bag properly, water simply isn’t going to enter. The bag, which is built out of chemically stable polyurethane-coated fabrics, features a zip-lock-like closer system (called a Zip-Dry seal); once closed, a user simply rolls the top of the bag down and affixes the clips,
Words fail us. We are awestruck in the presence of such sublime genius. An iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, the Opena does the best job of wedding two disparate products since that one guy got his chocolate mixed up in the other guy’s peanut butter.
Forespar’s new Tea Tree Power mold, mildew and odor eliminator is a natural air cleaner formulated specifically for marine use. Non-toxic and biodegradable, it uses pure distilled Australian tea tree oil, which includes a number of different antiseptic and antimicrobial agents.
Many marine fittings are made from stainless steel, and many tools are made with carbon steel. Problems can arise when carbon-steel screwdrivers interact with stainless screw heads; tiny bits of stainless from the screw head can lead to pitting or corrosion of the tool. Wera Tools’s line of ergonomic, vacuum ice-hardened stainless-steel screwdrivers are just the thing for

Pate Protector

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2006
The follically challenged sailor has a pretty hard time of it. Out on the water the sun’s rays always feel twice as powerful as they do on shore, and they show no mercy to a balding cranium. Ordinary sunscreens tend to melt off and run into your eyes, but according to the makers of Bald Guyz, their SPF 30 sunscreen will stay in place atop your crown instead of making your eyes sting. They also

Mystery Science

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
According to manufacturer Weems and Plath, there’s a certain amount of mystery surrounding the “how-it-works” question when considering their Storm Glass. This unique, handsome bronze instrument comes filled with a proprietary solution and crystals, which rise up in the glass tube during certain weather events and settle back down during other conditions. While Weems and Plath mention that the

Snuggle Up Afloat

by Adam Cort, Posted July 13, 2012
Why hang out in a hammock when you can cuddle up in a Cacoon? As a practical matter, a Cacoon only requires a single attachment point—think a halyard or topping lift, something that is obviously pretty easy to find on a sailboat.
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