by Peter Nielsen

Peter Nielsen is SAIL’s Editor-in-Chief.

We thought it would be interesting to poll a number of SAIL’s writers to see what marine electronics they actually own and use. Their boats should be bristling with the latest and fanciest gear, right? Well, yes—and no…

In Hot Water

by Peter Nielsen, Posted June 25, 2013
Isotemp’s new line of SPA water heaters are a cost-effective way to upgrade to the sensuous pleasures of hot and cold running water.

Icom IC-M73 Plus

by Peter Nielsen, Posted June 24, 2013
There have been a few times when I’d have given a lot to be able to replay a VHF call. This submersible handheld constantly records the last 60 seconds of transmissions that have broken squelch on whatever channel(s) you are tuned to or scanning, which you can recall at the press of a key. 
America’s Cup. Controversy. One goes with the other. For as long as the Auld Mug has been in existence, it has been surrounded by various degrees of skullduggery, brinkmanship, double-dealing, scandal and just plain nastiness.
The latest generation of B&G’s Zeus MFD is jam-packed with features that will mean nothing to our powerboating brethren but bring smiles to both cruising and racing sailors. 
The new a65/a67 multifunction displays combine touchscreen technology and Raymarine’s LightHouse user interface into compact packages that are ideal for cockpit mounting and can also fully integrate with any of Ray’s current MFDs, instruments, radars, etc.
A pair of waterproof, floating VHF radios for around $150 is an excellent deal. The HX100 Twin Pack radios are low-powered, switching between 2.5W and 1W, but this is all you need for messing around in anchorages or harbors, which is what they’re intended for.
Which sail should you reef first when the wind gets up—your genoa or mainsail?

Gemini Legacy 35

by Peter Nielsen, Posted June 17, 2013
The sound of water rushing past the foils and propellers took on a note of urgency as Gemini’s Robin Hodges cranked in the genoa and pointed the Gemini Legacy 35 higher into the 10-knot breeze. 
Walking along the dock at the Sunsail base in Tortola, BVI, one evening in March, I noticed a most peculiar thing. It was changeover day, when one lot of charters departs and the next lot arrives and spends the night in the marina to settle in before heading out the following morning.   
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