2013 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again — time to fill the stockings of the sailors in our lives with gifts they can use all throughout the year. Whether they're racers or cruisers, the sailor who has everything or the apres sailor, SAIL's 2014 gift guide has something for everyone.
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It's that time of year again — time to fill the stockings of the sailors in our lives with gifts they can use all throughout the year. Whether they're racers or cruisers, the sailor who has everything or the apres sailor, SAIL's 2013 gift guide has something for everyone.

The Essence of Sail

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Take a break from winter’s chill with renowned sailing photographer Onne Van der Wal in his latest book, Sailing. In this breathtaking volume, Van der Wal captures the essence of the pastime through some 200 images taken around from the world. MORE

Some Holiday Spirit

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While rum is typically considered the sailor’s drink of choice, Yacht Club Vodka is hoping to break this stranglehold with its new handcrafted Vodka recipe, which includes just as hint of Elderflower flavor. Made from wheat milled into flour in Northeastern France, and with the gluten removed prior to the fermentation process. MORE

Portable Paddling

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Paddleboards are great not only for exploring an anchorage after dropping the hook, but for getting a heck of a workout while you’re at it. The only problem is finding room to strap one down within the limited confines of the average sailboat. Enter the Sea Eagle Standup Inflatable NeedleNose 124 deluxe paddleboard.  MORE

Stress-free Onboard Video

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Garmin, the veteran mapping, timepiece and digital-navigation company, has now extended its reach into the video market with its new VIRB and VIRB Elite HD action cameras. Sturdy, lightweight and IPX7 waterproof, the cameras include a wealth of extras that make it that much easier to video or photograph your experience afloat. MORE

Sturdy Strummin’

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Not only is the Alpaca guitar built of carbon fiber, flax fabric and bio-derived resins, it’s also tough enough to withstand grime, water and dings in even the harshest elements. Carrying it isn’t a problem, either, as it’s lightweight and has an embedded daisy chain that allows for easy attachment to any duffel. MORE

Shapely Shades from Oz

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Barz Optics’s Tofino Acetate Polarized sunglasses wrap snugly around your head and include side windows to provide maximum protection and visibility over an especially wide field of vision. MORE

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A Hint of Sea Salt

Satisfy your winter sweet tooth with a box of Harbor Sweets’ new Salt & Ayre chocolate, enhanced with a variety of different spices. MORE

Merry Mocs

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You can never have too many snazzy boat shoes, and Sebago’s new Felucca Lace models for women are as comfortable as they are stylish, whether you are dockside or on deck. Sebago’s Feluccas are made with premium leather, rawhide laces and a latex foam cushion. MORE

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Opinion: On Not Giving Up Sailing

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