The good news is that the Volvo Ocean Race has what looks to be a fast, super-sexy one-design boat for crews to compete aboard. The bad news is that at press time, with less than a year to go to the October 4, 2014, start in Alicante, Spain, only three teams had officially thrown their hats into the ring: China’s Team Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Sweden’s all-female Team SCA.
According to Bavaria, the new Vision 46 is: “designed, from the start, to embody the cruising sailor’s wish list.” I have to admit, though, that I wasn’t paying too much attention to this wish list as we cast off lines prior to a recent delivery from Mystic, Connecticut.
Although durable, good-looking, comfortable and functional, Atlantis Weathergear’s Shipyard shorts have always had a serious flaw: they were only available in men’s sizes! Fortunately, the company has since made good and begun marketing the same quick-drying pants, which come complete with a zippered pocket and integrated multi-tool sheath, in women’s sizes as well.
Silent Running SR1000 is a nontoxic water-based vibration-absorbing material that you brush, spray or roll on like paint. It works by converting noise and vibration into low-grade heat, which is then dissipated throughout the surface on which it’s been applied.
Isotemp SPA water heaters from Indel Webasto include a stainless steel inner tank, injected polyurethane insulation and a robust polypropylene outer casing to provide a combination of performance and durability.
Southwest Florida is one of those places where looks can be deceiving. At first glance it’s “water, water everywhere,” until you look at the soundings and then it becomes “nor any drop to, uh, sail.” But don’t give up.