by Adam Cort

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

Dazzling Daysailers

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2010
Two days after the close of the Newport Boat Show, we had a chance to take out a couple of the smaller new boats we’d visited there, the Scandinvian Cruiser and Class 2M. Despite their diminutive size, both were standouts at the show, with their striking good looks, unique design and excellent build quality.Quick but forgivingThe first boat

Two New Reversible Winches

by Adam Cort, Posted September 24, 2010
Since the advent of modern winches, easing sheets under load has been problematic. Doing so requires uncleating the line or removing it from the self-tailer, a procedure fraught with hazard for the unwary—until now. In the run-up to the Annapolis Boat show, Harken and Seldn have both unveiled new self-tailers that can ease a sail under load, with your fingers safely out of the way and the line

Grab a Line with Ease

by Adam Cort, Posted September 24, 2010
The LineGrabber allows you to quickly and easily attach a line or anchor snubber at any point along another line. It can also be used in any number of other applications, from securing a coil of rope to hanging something from a backstay or securing a dock line. LineGrabbers are manufactured by the same company that makes the Shockles anchor line snubber and consist of a sewn double loop of 1/4in

Safe, Sound and Visible

by Adam Cort, Posted September 14, 2010
Seaview Sail Pods from PYI house and protect your steering instruments while ensuring you can still see them clearly. Sail Pods are available in four sizes, with faceplates that can be custom pre-cut to order. Each Sail Pod comes with a UV-resistant ABS plastic housing and stainless steal rail mounts. Enclosed wire runs protect cables and sockets from moisture and snagging.A number of

See the Wind at Night

by Adam Cort, Posted September 14, 2010
The new Tri-Color Anchor Navigation Light from Signal Mate uses a clear window on top to allow the white stern light to shine upward. This extra beam of light then illuminates the wind vane’s reflective patches whenever the light is on, eliminating the need to click on the anchor light to make the wind indicator visible—an incorrect and dangerous practice that can be confusing to other boats in
Although we don’t yet know the venue, we know a good deal more about what the 34th America’s Cup regatta is going to look like following Monday's press conference in Valencia, Spain. First and foremost, it’s going to be aboard 72-foot catamarans with wing sails.Let me say that again: 72-foot catamarans with wing sails.According to officials, the new AC72 class will

J/111

by Adam Cort, Posted August 25, 2010
According to designer Alan Johnstone, the brief for the new 36ft 6in J/111 one-design was for a boat that he and the rest of the J/Boats crew would want to sail—and it shows.During a recent daysail off Newport, Rhode Island, hull #1 reveled in picture perfect sailing conditions, with winds out of the east in the mid to high teens. Sailing to windward, the boat was balanced and easy to

Ronstan Core Block Series

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2010
Ronstan’s Core Blocks include a proprietary two-stage bearing system and durable alloy cheeks. Stage one provides “ultra-low friction” when handling moderate loads. The second stage engages when the wind pipes up and loads increase. According to Ronstan, this two-stage approach cuts overall friction almost in half.Core Block cheeks are precision-shaped with an eye toward providing maximum

Gill OS2 Offshore Smock

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2010
The Gill OS2 Smock features three-layer construction, which makes it easier to get the jacket on and off, and also more comfortable to wear.Intended for serious coastal and offshore sailing, the smock configuration offers the advantage over a regular jacket of having fewer openings for water to get through. This can be especially important when working on the foredeck or when out during

Hanse 545

by Adam Cort, Posted August 10, 2010
Hanse's new flagship ushers in a new look for the company's big boats. A large, uncluttered foredeck and low-profile cabintop give it a purposeful air; the self-tacking job, big mainsail, roomy cockpit and bold interior styling are all Hanse trademarks.
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