by Adam Cort

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

There were no bombshells, no big surprises. Nonetheless, the US Sailing Independent Review Panel’s report on the two fatalities that occurred during this past summer’s Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac provides a number of important recommendations for future races. It should also be required reading for anyone contemplating an offshore passage, thanks to the thoroughness with which it

Hunter e36

by Adam Cort, Posted September 30, 2011
The Hunter e36 feels right from the moment you step aboard and is somehow more than the sum of its parts. In both appearance and functionality, it works well and is a pleasure to sail.   Construction The hull and deck on the e36 are standard for Hunter, with balsa coring above the waterline and solid fiberglass below. The layup includes a modified

Whitsunday Magic

by Adam Cort, Posted September 30, 2011
Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef just off the Queensland coast, are one of those “bucket list” destinations, known far and wide for great snorkeling, great sailing and some of the best beaches in the world. This past February, I had the opportunity to explore the islands aboard the 41-foot Seawind 1250 catamaran Seawindow, which proved to be the

Navigating the Volvo Ocean Race

by Adam Cort, Posted September 29, 2011
In addition to being one of the most challenging events in all of sports, the Volvo Ocean Race can be incredibly complicated—for fans as well as those doing the actual racing and their support staff. The following is a brief guide to the upcoming 2011-12 race.This year’s iteration of the VOR (originally called the Whitbread Round the World Race) represents the 11th time around the
The new e7 line of multifunction displays is packed with features and signals a new, sleeker look for longtime navigation equipment manufacturer Raymarine. The e7 can be networked with up to six displays and includes Raymarine’s proprietary HybridTouch technology, which allows users to choose between touchscreen or keypad control.In addition to networking with everything from your radar to

More Living Space Afloat

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
Tired of huddling belowdecks or behind a dodger whenever the weather turns nasty? Try the new Habitent, a compact adjustable cockpit enclosure from UK-based Hamilton Innovation. The Habitent fits most boats from 21ft to 31ft LOA and takes just 15 minutes to install using a system of webbing straps and a lightweight collapsible frame made of steel tubing and fiberglass. Its large plastic windows

Moorings Made Simple

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
There’s nothing like the security of a mooring at the end of a long day afloat—once you’ve managed to grab hold of the thing. Unfortunately, doing so can be tough, especially when sailing shorthanded or on your own in heavy weather. The Mooring Mate solves this problem with an easy-to-connect temporary mooring attachment that lets you then secure the actual mooring pennant at your leisure. The

On-Demand Weather Data

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
The Garmin GDL 40 Cellular Weather Receiver allows you to display weather radar and detailed real-time weather data on a compatible NMEA 2000 Garmin chartplotter at a reasonable cost. The system uses cellular technology to download weather data from Garmin subsidiary Digital Cyclone, which provides coverage for Canada, the United States and Europe. Users can subscribe to the network annually, or

Sea Creatures

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
The toughest part of using a life jacket is making sure to put the thing on. This goes double for kids. There’d have to be something seriously wrong, though, with any kid who wouldn’t want to wear a life jacket like this. Opa Cove’s Sea Squirts line includes both U.S. Coast Guard certified life jackets and “swim assist” vests for youngsters still working on their dog paddle. The vests’ neoprene
The iAIS from Digital Yacht is a dual-channel Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver that not only wirelessly transmits AIS data to an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, but can also transmit any other NMEA data available on board, including things like depth, speed and wind information. When coupled with the iNAVx iPhone navigation app INAVx, the result is a portable device that can serve as a
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