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.
AspectSolar’s EnergyBar 250 portable battery pack fits in a backpack and features a slim 20AH cell that can power anything from a USB device to a television. The device can fully recharge a laptop up to five times, or a mobile device up to 30 times on a single charge.
For sailors who believe that time spent on the water is even better with a soundtrack, Outdoor Technology’s new Turtle Shell Bluetooth speaker will make the perfect sailing companion. The rugged, sporty speaker weighs just 11oz, fits in the palm of your hand and is both shockproof and water resistant, so you can rock out on deck in even the worst weather.
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.
In keeping with the times, Davis Instruments has upgraded its popular Windex light with a bright, long-lasting LED to ensure you will be able to see what the wind is doing during even the darkest graveyard watch
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.