by Adam Cort

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

Norway’s Navslide AS is continuing to expand its line of flexible mounts to accommodate an even wider variety of cockpit types—including those that are especially problematic.
Lowrance’s HDS Gen2 High Definition Systems chartplotters offer double the memory and twice the processor speed of the company’s first-generation HDS models to provide sailors with faster startups and menu operation, and lightning-fast panning and zooming.
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. 

Ocean Rodeo Drysuit

by Adam Cort, Posted May 2, 2012
This very cool “Soul” drysuit, from Victoria, British Columbia, is a brainchild of the sailboarders and kite surfers running Ocean Rodeo Sports. Cut to resemble well-tailored snowboarding gear, the Soul is built with multiple breathable waterproof layers.
Quick retractable thrusters can be installed in either the bow or stern or both, to make maneuvering in tight spaces virtually effortless. This past year Hunter Marine began offering the systems as an option on some of its larger boats.

Eco-Clad Bottom Paint

by Adam Cort, Posted May 1, 2012
Eco-Clad antifouling paint features what manufacturer Luritek Inc. describes as a “biomimicry” process similar to what fish use to keep their bodies weed-free. The paint is engineered to create a naturally slimy biofilm.
Get all the updates on Charleston Race Week right here from our Best Around the Buoys Blog. Senior Editor Adam Cort reports straight from the course in Charleston with the latest news and updates on Best Around the Buoys contest winners, Team Warrior.

Tartan 4700

by Adam Cort, Posted April 25, 2012
Today’s performance-cruisers are faster than ever. But are they going to take care of you in heavy weather in the same way as those pre-IOR boats many of us grew up admiring? Fortunately, there are still builders and designers out there who are willing and able to combine the best of both old and the new in boats like the raised-saloon Tartan 4700.

Catalina 315

by Adam Cort, Posted April 23, 2012
Catalina Yachts is in many ways an anomaly—a mass-production boatbuilder that eschews design fads in a manner more typically associated with companies that produce far fewer boats at much higher prices. The result is a product line that is robust, reliable and easy on sailors.
The company that brought the world the Top-Sider continues to up its game with the new GripX performance line, which includes the SeaHiker for dinghy sailors, two different SeaRacer styles for keelboat sailors and the SeaSock neoprene bootie.
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