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Going Soft

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
Walker Bay’s rigid polypropylene dinghies are a common sight around the country’s waterways and coastlines, where they’re used as sailboat tenders and fun boats. Now the company hopes its attractive new inflatables will meet with the same success. Its Genesis line of RIBs have light but strong plastic hulls and either PVC or Hypalon removable tubes; some of them have folding transoms for easier

Trap Strap

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2007
Hanging it out on the wire is one of the most exciting aspects of dinghy sailing; being thrown forward and taking the full-value “around-the-world” ride around the forestay is one of the scariest. Using a fixed footstrap can lead to serious injury in the event of capsizing or pitchpoling. The new AquaStrap is a releasable footstrap made out of high-grade polymers; it can be screwed or riveted

Protect Your iPad

by Lindsey Silken, Posted May 11, 2012
Smartphones are now commonplace offshore, but many sailors hesitate to expose their beloved iPads to the elements. Fear not—there’s a growing number of weatherproof cases that make it possible to take your tablet sailing. 
Honda Marine’s BF2.3hp four-stroke outboard weighs just 29.5lb and has a larger 0.29gal internal fuel tank that in combination with its improved fuel efficiency allows it to run for up to 60 minutes at full throttle. A centrifugal clutch makes switching into gear a snap, and the engine is air-cooled, so you never have to worry about a water pump getting plugged by sand or weeds in the shallows.

Charged: Battery Bug

by David Schmidt, Posted March 10, 2009
Few things are as annoying as stepping aboard your boat and finding that its batteries are dead. The Battery Bug from Argus Analyzers shows how much juice is left in a deep-cycle or dual-purpose battery and how much capacity has been lost; it has a replace-battery indicator and a low-battery alarm. It compensates for ambient temperature and is self-calibrating. Argus Analyzers

Diving for Two

by Sail Staff, Posted April 9, 2006
Sea Breathe’s new 2300-F floating dive compressor will supply air to two divers. Powered by a 12-volt sealed battery, the “electric snorkel” will let you dive down to 25 feet for up to 60 minutes. This looks like a good alternative to carrying scuba tanks on board. Not only would it lend a new dimension to snorkeling, but should you need to clean the bottom or untangle a fouled propeller, you’d

Saved!

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2010
The Petzl e+LITE is one of the few pieces of kit to make it on to my must-have list. The headlamp has one red and three white LED bulbs on a tiny swivel-mounted head. A selection switch makes it easy to choose from the e+LITE’s different settings, even with gloves on; its storage mode ensures that the light won’t accidentally illuminate your pocket. The headlamp has five settings: regular white,
The Handy Duck is a strong, lightweight, easy-to-attach and—equally important—easy-to-release hook that can be used to either grab a mooring temporarily or serve as a permanent attachment. 

PYI Whisper 5-blade Max-Prop

by Adam Cort, Posted September 16, 2013
PYI’s Whisper 5-blade Max-Prop uses an impressive five blades to provide a combination of quiet operation and thrust, especially when motoring against a strong headwind or into powerful seas.

Wrino Wrestling

by David Schmidt, Posted March 10, 2009
There’s nothing new about a boat hook—unless it’s so innovative that it makes docking or mooring a boat easier and safer. At least that’s what the judges at the 2008 Marine Accessories Aftermarket Trade Show (MAATS) in Las Vegas thought of the new telescoping Wrino Boat Mooring Hook. With its second, smaller hook and a splice-gripping clip opposite the hooks, you can hitch
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