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More Living Space Afloat

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
Tired of huddling belowdecks or behind a dodger whenever the weather turns nasty? Try the new Habitent, a compact adjustable cockpit enclosure from UK-based Hamilton Innovation. The Habitent fits most boats from 21ft to 31ft LOA and takes just 15 minutes to install using a system of webbing straps and a lightweight collapsible frame made of steel tubing and fiberglass. Its large plastic windows

Portable Nav Lights

by Adam Cort, Posted April 30, 2013
Norway’s Navisafe offers a number of portable battery-powered U.S. Coast Guard-approved running lights, including a white standard navigation light, a Navi TriColor light and, most recently, the Navi rescue light.

Leashed

by David Schmidt, Posted December 4, 2008
Leashed. Spinlock has been stepping up their already-deep line of safety products, first with their award-winning Deckvest, and now with their ORC-legal Connect Range tethers. The two-clip tether that I tested relies on a girth hitch, rather than a metal clip, to affix it to a PFD’s hard point (Spinlock recommends also carrying a knife, should a user need to escape her tether).

Dog Saver

by Sail Staff, Posted January 9, 2006
Hoisting a wet and wriggling dog onto a boat is no joke. This nifty canine boat ladder from Paws Aboard not only lets Fido get himself aboard after a cooling swim, it gives him a chance to shake himself dry before he reaches the cockpit. Measuring 16 inches by 64 inches, the $219 ladder folds away for storage. It looks like it will work best on boats with low freeboard or when deployed from a

Weatherly

by Sail Staff, Posted June 16, 2007
If you love historic boats and like to keep an eye on the weather, Majestic Weathervanes’s line of high-end rooftop accoutrements is worth a look. Built of aluminum and steel, each weathervane is an exact replica of a historic vessel, built to its original blueprints. These models-cum-vanes are designed to withstand anything short of an asteroid hit; one vane dropped from a height of 20 feet, was

Stay in the Dark

by Adam Cort, Posted October 31, 2011
Portshade blinds feature a dense light-trapping “blackout” fabric that stows away quickly and easily in a slim cassette roller when not in use. A number of different sizes are available for everything from the smallest vertical portlights to large horizontal hatches. Custom sizes are also available. The shades are both water-repellant and UV-resistant to ensure long life offshore. A single screw
Walker Bay, the same company that brought the sailing world its now ubiquitous injection-molded dinghies, has introduced a redesgined version of what it calls a “boat in a bag.”

Leveled

by David Schmidt, Posted December 11, 2008
LeveledAre you a racer looking for ways to hone your crew’s sail-handling skills, or are you a cruiser interested in creating a home video documenting of your latest adventure? Either way, Horizon True can get you sorted with one of their high-quality, self-leveling video camera mounts (they also accept still cameras). The mounts utilize either a pendulum or a counterweight to keep

Cockpit Storage Solution

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
There’s a recurring theme with modern sailboats (and many not-so-modern ones)—a lack of stowage around the cockpit for those small items that are part and parcel of the sailing life: sunglasses, paperbacks, sunscreen, candy bars, winch handles, odd lengths of string, cruising guides, and so on. The Dutch-made Blue Performance line of sailboat accessories addresses this problem and many others.

Map Lover’s Delight

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
Charts and maps are one of sailing’s great legacies, as most exploring expeditions brought back charts of previously unknown waters as part of the trip’s bounty. Now, Latitude Kinsale of Ireland makes handmade, custom, three-dimensional to-scale maps, allowing sailors of a different era to share in this same tradition. Below-water topography is clearly discernable, and frame-lighting options make
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