by Adam Cort

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

With their compact cockpits, full keels and narrow hulls, the cruising boats of old are like a lone watch-stander, bundled up in foul weather gear, head bowed, arms folded, tucked in under a dodger for shelter.
The Simrad DD15 autopilot drive features a compact flat-wound DC electric motor, an elegant planetary reduction gear and a built-in rudder-angle feedback arm.

TitanStraps

by Adam Cort, Posted May 14, 2012
Made from a stretchy, high-performance polymer, TitanStraps are specifically designed for lashing down equipment quickly, easily and reliably under extreme conditions.
This year’s series, which begins May 11, will also feature a second double-handed leg from Charleston, South Carolina, to New York Harbor, in addition to an offshore leg from New York to Newport, Rhode Island, and two days of inshore racing.

Selden Spinnaker Furler

by Adam Cort, Posted May 14, 2012
The key to Seldén’s new top-down asymmetric spinnaker furler is a swiveling tack attachment, which lets the foot fly free as the rest of the sail is being rolled down from the head on a torque rope. 
Even for an event that seems to continually reinvent itself, the 11th running of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) has been “unique,” to say the least, not to mention almost insanely competitive.
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.
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