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Yacht Club Vodka

by Lauren Saalmuller, Posted December 2, 2013
While rum is typically considered the sailor’s drink of choice, Yacht Club Vodka is hoping to break this stranglehold with its new handcrafted Vodka recipe, which includes just as hint of Elderflower flavor.
Some sailors are born with saltwater rushing through their veins and an ironclad stomach that can weather the worst of blows. I, however, am not one of those sailors. While I like to think that my blood has more than its fair share of salinity, I’m a frequent visitor to the leeward rail in lumpy conditions. Until now, that is. While everybody’s body reacts differently to various medications – and

Compact Binos

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2006
Some of the crews on the Volvo Ocean Race boats were seen brandishing Steiner’s new 7@30 Navigator Pro compass binoculars during the U.S. stopovers. These lightweight (18-ounce) waterproof binos have a field of view of 300 feet at 100 yards. The light-gathering ability of the lenses is claimed to be similar to that of the bigger, heavier 7@50 binoculars usually recommended for marine use. $399

Rechargable Shine

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
Few things are finer than sitting in the cockpit on a starry night, nursing a glass of wine and sharing conversation. But sometimes it’s nice to see the other person (or the dishes that you’re serving and enjoying) as you soak up the ambiance. Black Diamond’s Apollo lamp features a 3-Watt LED lightsource that’s powered by either AAA batteries or a rechargeable battery that gives off a

Compact Folding Bicycle

by Adam Cort, Posted July 9, 2012
The CarryMe compact folding bike is not only cute as a button, but practical. Weighing just 18lb, it can fit through a small hatch when collapsed and includes an aluminum-alloy frame that makes it corrosion-resistant as well.

Alpaca Guitar

by Lauren Saalmuller, Posted December 2, 2013
Not only is the Alpaca guitar built of carbon fiber, flax fabric and bio-derived resins, it’s also tough enough to withstand grime, water and dings in even the harshest elements. Carrying it isn’t a problem, either, as it’s lightweight and has an embedded daisy chain that allows for easy attachment to any duffel
Given the inherent dangers of sailing, it’s good to know some manufacturers think extra hard about safety aboard. Spinlock is one of those companies, as evidenced by its new line of cruising-oriented ZR Jammers. The UK-based company recognizes the potential for injury when a sailor releases the lever on a highly loaded clutch. Its new ZR 1014 Jammer has no control lever; instead, there’s a

Wish for Fish

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2006
Nothing tastes as good as a fish you’ve caught yourself. Trouble is, fishing from a sailboat can be a hit-or-miss affair—in my case, usually miss. Lure maker Darrell Primrose says that’s because sailboats typically don’t go fast enough to make big lures work properly. He reckons his $59 Sailboaters Combo Rig, which includes some handy hints on techniques along with a “Teaser Bird” lure intended

Blocked

by Sail Staff, Posted November 23, 2009
Not all sunscreens are created equal. Some run the second they get wet or sweaty; others burn the living hell out of your eyes, while others fail to properly protect you from the sun. As with many sailors who have spend decades on the water, I have had a few little skin problems and have been advised to use the heartiest sun block on the market Meet ZBlok, a new sunscreen that’s water and sweat
Much has changed since the staff at SAIL last conducted live-action MOB tests a decade ago. Gear for both locating and recovering persons lost overboard has been refined and improved, as was dramatically demonstrated last summer in the Fastnet Race.
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