by Adam Cort

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

Nautitech 542

by Adam Cort, Posted January 9, 2014
Like many monohull sailors, what first drew me to today’s cruising multihulls was all that lounging space. Performance concerns were secondary, at best. What was the point? Over the years, though, my standards have changed. No longer am I content sailing on a mere party platform.
The good news is that the Volvo Ocean Race has what looks to be a fast, super-sexy one-design boat for crews to compete aboard. The bad news is that at press time, with less than a year to go to the October 4, 2014, start in Alicante, Spain, only three teams had officially thrown their hats into the ring: China’s Team Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Sweden’s all-female Team SCA.
It was a textbook Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race this past Boxing Day: sunshine for the start in Sydney, followed by a nice snotty gale in the Bass Strait by Day 4...
Three decades after Seldén launched its much-celebrated Furlex line, the Swedish rig and deck hardware manufacturer has introduced a fourth generation of its venerable roller-furlers.

A Living Tradition

by Adam Cort, Posted December 4, 2013
A few weeks after visiting the Nautor’s Swan yard in Finland I was lucky enough to take part in the Swan Owners Association’s 2013 American Swan Regatta on Narragansett Bay.

Bavaria Vision 46

by Adam Cort, Posted December 3, 2013
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.
Turn your iPhone into a ruggedized offshore camera with a Qmountz transparent casing from Maptaq. Waterproof to 9ft and sufficiently shock resistant to ...
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. 
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