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Harbinger Laser Bathymetric Maps

by Sail Staff, Posted June 19, 2009
Few charts are as interesting as Harbinger Laser’s 3D bathymetric maps, which cover the Great Lakes, as well as smaller inland lakes and nationwide coastal regions. But what sets these maps apart is the company’s signature Lighthouse Map Series, which feature a digital-picture viewer, in addition to Harbinger Laser’s high-quality wooden topographical maps, which are made from Michigan-grown wood.

LED Light

by Sail Staff, Posted October 10, 2006
Nite Ize’s new LED bulb replaces original AA-battery Mini Mag-Lite bulbs and comes in four colors, including night-vision-preserving red; the white LED bulb is also available in an upgrade kit ($9.99) that creates push-button control. Nite Ize reports that its bulb increases battery life to 20 hours (up from 5 hours for the incandescent bulb); using LEDs with C- and D-cell Mag-Lites produces even

Know Your Level

by Adam Cort, Posted March 8, 2011
Since time immemorial, an aura of mystery has surrounded the tanks holding fuel, water and waste aboard a sailboat. Enter the Gobius tank measuring system, which uses vibrations to determine how full a tank is. Each Gobius includes a control unit and a series of sensors, each equipped with a “shaker” and an accelerator to create a “knock and listen” system to determine if there is liquid on the

Modular Rogue Backpack

by Adam Cort, Posted August 8, 2012
Harken’s waterproof Rogue backpack is constructed from thermoplastic polyurethane-impregnated nylon, which resists abrasion, stains and UV radiation.

Toys for the Boys (and Girls)

by Tom Nunlist, Posted August 18, 2009
Summer 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

Aerobucks

by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007
In 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

Well Suited Anchors

by Sail Staff, Posted April 5, 2011
Sailors 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
How to put this delicately? Although the warm summer sun can feel great on your face, all that heat can wreak havoc on your nether regions. Enter Ice Bear Sailing Powder...

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
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