by Adam Cort

Adam Cort is SAIL’s executive editor. He lives and sails in the Boston area.

Admiral Marine Equipment has come up with a novel way to wrestle in an unruly genoa. Its Rollmaster continuous-line headsail furler incorporates a 3:1 reduction gear that requires far less muscle.

Easy to See Electronics

by Adam Cort, Posted April 13, 2012
Keep your chartplotter or other smaller electronics safe and visible with this new Scanstrut Rok-Lok adjustable mount. The system includes a ball-and-socket joint with a one-handed release and an internal clamp.
With a Deckvest LITE on board, there is no excuse to not wear a lifejacket. Created specifically for inshore use, the Deckvest LITE features a unique tapered profile that allows a full range of motion.

Another Cool Snatch Block

by Adam Cort, Posted April 12, 2012
The advent of soft attachments and robust polymers has sparked a “Golden Age” of snatch blocks, with gear like the new Dynblock from European manufacturer Antal making life afloat easier than ever. 

inReach SatCom with GPS

by Adam Cort, Posted April 11, 2012
Stay in touch with the folks back home from anywhere in the world with the DeLorme inReach, which provides cost-effective communications via 9602 short-burst data messaging and the Iridium Satellite system. 

AquaCharge Portable Pump

by Adam Cort, Posted April 11, 2012
Get the water out of your dinghy or bilges with the compact AquaCharge portable pump from ITT Industries. Measuring 7in x 3.25in x 5.5in, the pump is fully submersible.

The BAB Bucket List

by Adam Cort, Posted April 6, 2012
If there were ever any doubts about Quantum Key West Race Week remaining a competitive event, the experience of SAIL magazine’s Best Around the Buoys crew this past January should put them to rest, once and for all. 
Quantum Key West Race Week has long been a regatta where cutting-edge sailing hardware and hot new raceboats abound, and the 25th year was no exception. Making their racing debuts this year were Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XII, Austin Fragomen’s Interlodge and two new production boats—the Farr 400 and the McConaghy 38.
You can expect to see more offshore scows following David Raison’s victory in last year’s Mini-Transat aboard a scow-bowed 21-footer. Among them, hopefully, will be this 90-foot Transpac “maxi scow.”

Best Boats 2013: J/70

by Adam Cort, Posted March 29, 2012
There’s nothing more disappointing than test sailing a high-octane sport boat in a drifter. But that wasn’t a problem with the new 22ft, 9in J/70. For our sail trial we had a steady 20-knot southerly, gusting over 25 knots and kicking up a sharp chop off Bristol, Rhode Island.          
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