by Tom Nunlist, Posted August 18, 2009Summer sailing and fun in the water go hand-in-hand, and there’s nothing like a few water toys to keep younger crews amused in those quiet anchorages. The limited stowage on most sailboats rules out carrying traditional kayaks or windsurfers on board, so we thought we’d try out a selection of inflatable/collapsible playtime gear. As SAIL’s intern, I was volunteered to be the “splash-test
by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007In 2003 Erin Hemmings used an Aerobie Pro Ring to set the Guinness World Record for the longest throw of an object without any velocity-adding propulsion. Now Aerobie has launched a hand-held espresso maker. The connection? Both devices help you go the distance. Simply insert a filter, set the AeroPress over a coffee mug, add coffee and hot water, stir, and depress the plunger. The durable
by Sail Staff, Posted April 5, 2011Sailors have always struggled with the question of what to do with their anchors when underway. All that weight and those sharp edges are fine when hooking onto a gravelly bottom, but can wreak havoc onboard. Enter the AnchorSuit, a neoprene wetsuit-type cover for use on fluke-style anchors. By softening an anchor’s impact points, the AnchorSuit not only protects your boat’s gelcoat and
by Sail Staff, Posted January 15, 2008Need to shed light on your engine without tapping your house batteries? Meet Black & Decker’s cordless Bright Bar and Mini Bright Bar. The units can provide focused light, area lighting, or 360-degree lighting, depending on the space that needs illuminating. They use long-life LED bulbs, which are reported to provide up to 10,000 hours of bulb life, and have an adjustable swivel-hanging hook for
by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007Have you ever arrived at a busy fuel dock, waited in line, tied up at the dock and prepared to fill up with fuel or water—and then realized that the only deck key you can locate doesn’t fit all of your deck caps? Sailor’s Solutions’s universal deck key can be easily adjusted to fit any common-sized deck cap, and it will accept a 3/8-inch drive ratchet to tackle deck caps that are hard to budge.
by Sail Staff, Posted May 2, 2011Wheeleez boat dollies make is easier to move and launch smaller boats over uneven terrain, such as soft sand, mud or marshy areas. Wheeleez frames are made of marine-grade, anodized aluminum and can be adjusted along their length from 96 to 124 inches to accommodate boats up to 19 feet long. Widths can be adjusted from 54 to 89 inches, for transporting boats with beams up to 7 feet.An