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Illuminated: Black & Decker Bright Bar

by Sail Staff, Posted January 15, 2008
Need 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

Crucial Equipment

by David Schmidt, Posted February 11, 2010
Chandleries are rife with good folding sailing knives. Selecting the right one often comes down to utility and taste. While the latter quality is subjective, utility is easy to quantify. I’ve been using the Gerber Crucial Tool for several months and I’ve been impressed with its clever design, fantastic utility, and small size and minimal weight (just 5 ounces). While a sharp, locking blade is

Deck Key for Any Deck

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
Have 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.

Wheeleez Boat Dollies

by Sail Staff, Posted May 2, 2011
Wheeleez 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
They say good things come in small packages: take, for example, the Switlik MOM 600. Though it’s about the size of a throw cushion and weighs just 15lb, the MOM 600 automatically inflates when deployed to become a miniature survival raft.
Years in the making, the new Tusk from renowned knife-maker Spyderco takes sailing-knife design to a point where engineering truly becomes art. Where to begin?

Trailer Envy

by David Schmidt, Posted May 22, 2008
If you own an older boat, finding the right trailer can be a chore, especially if the boat is no longer in production. Luckily, there’s a solution. Meet Brian Bishop, owner of a boutique sailboat trailer company called Sailboat Transporter. After spending some frustrating time seeking a reliable, reasonably priced trailer for his Islander 36, Bishop realized that a market niche existed, which he

The Color of Safety

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2010
After years of manufacturing orange liferafts, Viking Life-Saving Equipment is now making its rafts fluorescent yellow. Viking made the switch after extensive testing showed that yellow shows up better against the grays and blues of the ocean, as well as in fog. Viking has incorporated the color into its upgraded RescYou line of rafts, which also features a blue inner lining that is said to have

Sliced and Diced

by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007
Besides nationality, what do the Swiss America’s Cup syndicate Alinghi and knife manufacturer Wenger have in common? Answer: A partnership that has produced a well-thought-out, sailing-specific knife. The Alinghi Knife features the best pliers I’ve ever seen on a folding knife, a locking blade, a line gauge, various screwdrivers, and a spike—all designed to help you MacGyver yourself out of tight

Rub-A-Dub-Dub

by Adam Cort, Posted July 6, 2011
Here’s incontrovertible proof that today’s sailors have it easier than their forebears. The TugTub is a portable floating hot tub that takes just five minutes to deploy and an hour to heat to 104 degrees, providing even the lowliest weekend cruiser with an amenity worthy of a megayacht. Larry Ellison, eat your heart out! The tubs can be used in fresh and salt water, and employ an 88,000BTU LPG
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