2010 Gear Gift Guide

SEE LINKS AND COMPLETE LISTINGS BELOWGill Winter Gloves The snow piling up outside can mean only one thing: time for some frostbiting! What better gift for the masochists on your list than a set of neoprene winter gloves from Gill? Each glove is glued and liquid-taped to keep water on the outside. The
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Gill Winter Gloves

The snow piling up outside can mean only one thing: time for some frostbiting! What better gift for the masochists on your list than a set of neoprene winter gloves from Gill? Each glove is glued and liquid-taped to keep water on the outside. The gloves also boast a sealed, extended double neoprene cuff, and a printed PU Hex palm grip for hanging onto lines and hardware, even in the ugliest conditions. Available in sizes from extra-small to XXL. $35.99 Gill

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Shockles LineGrabber

The LineGrabber allows you to quickly and easily attach a line at any point along another line. It can also be used to lash a coil of rope, hang something from a backstay or secure a dock line—the possibilities are endless. Each LineGrabber consists of a sewn double loop of 1/4 in Dyneema cord with a breaking strength of 5,400 pounds. To use the LineGrabber, simply wrap it around the line you want to secure, passing one loop through the other, then cinch it tight. $14.95/pair Shockles

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Chelsea Carbon Flag Clock

Few things are saltier than an old-time ship’s clock, and few things are cooler than carbon fiber. Put them together and you have a great way to keep track of time, either at home or on your boat. The housings are solid brass, with or without a chrome finish. The clocks can be ordered with either a traditional screw-on bezel or a lower-profile “sport” face. Matching barometers and tide clocks are also available. From $375, Chelsea Clock Co.

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eZeebike Quando

This folding electric bicycle weighs just 48 pounds and can take you 20-25 miles on a single charge at a speed of around 16mph. You can also pedal it yourself, or use a combination of pedaling and electric power when it gets hilly and your sea legs need a break. The Quando has an aluminum frame, a lithium battery pack and 20in tires for a nice smooth ride. A recent test left us convinced that this is a great way to get around ashore. $1,995, eZee Bike USA

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Standard Horizon HX851

Where to start? The number of features that come with the Standard Horizon HX851 VHF radio is nothing less than incredible. In addition to a powerful 6-Watt transmitter the HX851 includes Digital Selective Calling and a built-in 12-channel GPS receiver that enables a host of other functions, like waypoint navigation and full Lat/Lon, COG and SOG position information on a large dot matrix display. The radio has an IPX7 waterproof rating, floats, and features a water-activated strobe and glow-in-the-dark gasket material in case it goes into the drink after dark. Amazing! $250 Standard Horizon

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Not for Navigation Totes

Now you can have the nautical chart of your choice silk-screened onto any number of different types of totes, duffels, wine carriers, ditty bags and pillows. Bags can be purchased individually, or you can order in bulk and take a big chunk out of your gift list in one fell swoop. Any nautical chart can be used as the basis for a design. The reproductions are excellent—nearly as crisp as the originals. But be warned...they are Not For Navigation! From $28 Not For Navigation

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The Hard Way Around

The weather outside is frightful, making it the perfect time for some armchair adventuring: and what better topic than Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail solo around the world. Nearly every sailor today has heard of Capt. Slocum, but how many know the complete story—of heartbreak, loneliness and one sailor’s struggle to find meaning in the waning years of the Age of Sail. Geoffrey Wolff’s The Hard Way Around is a great read that more than does justice to his subject—highly recommended. $25 Random House

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Prada Intrepid Sunglasses

You may not be able to sail like James Spithill, helmsman for Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup winning trimaran, but now you can look like him—at least a little. Fashion icon Prada recently unveiled what it calls its “Intrepid” sunglasses—the same glasses Ellison’s team configured with a heads-up display similar to those used aboard fighter jets. Although the heads-up display version isn’t available in stores, the glasses’ wraparound style makes them especially well suited for use in high winds, like those you might encounter steering a 90-foot tri. $250 Prada

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Crucial Tool

The Gerber Crucial Tool weighs just 5 ounces and includes a sharp, flat-top locking blade and an easy-to-access pair of needle-nose pliers. To use the latter simply open the Crucial Tool’s handles and there they are—no sliding parts to fumble with on a pitching deck or in the dark of night when you need to open a sticky shackle. The tool also includes a flathead screwdriver, a Phillip’s head screwdriver, a bottle opener, a clip and a thumb tab for easy, one-handed opening. $58.70 Gerber

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Drymax Sports Socks

Keep your toes toasty with these cold weather running socks from Drymax Sport Socks. Although created for runners, the socks are perfect for when you’re out sailing on a frosty afternoon. Better still, in the event you work up a sweat, the socks wick away the moisture so your feet stay dry as well: just the thing you want, whether you’re frostbiting or out for an early spring sail. $15 Drymax

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World’s Greatest Polo Shirt?

Crazy as it sounds, Southern Tide’s Skipjack Polo just might be the most comfortable polo shirt around. Made with a combination of True-Vent Micro Pique and a brushed cotton interior, it really does feel different and better than an ordinary polo shirt, even after a long day on the water. Double-reinforced seams ensure the shirt will stay comfortable, and in one piece, for years to come. From $72.50 Southern Tide

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Sanyo Underwater Camera

Whether you’re snorkeling or just bashing to windward in a fresh breeze, the Sanyo VPC-CA102 underwater camera makes it possible to take both still photos and full HD video without having to worry if your camera is going to survive the experience. The VPC-CA102 can be taken 10 feet beneath the surface, and includes a 12x Dual Range video zoom, 5x optical zoom and high-speed sequential shooting to make sure you don’t miss those extra-cool action shots. $349 Sanyo

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North Sails Battle Flag

Make sure your boat has a winning attitude on its way out to the start by giving your skipper a customized battle flag from North Sails. Sedate or outrageous, fly your colors proudly so the rest of the fleet knows you mean business! Prices available upon request, North Flags

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