The NYNE Aqua portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a great addition to your boat’s musical arsenal. The speaker has a 33ft Bluetooth connectivity range, so you can stream music from your smartphone (or any other Bluetooth enabled device) from pretty much anywhere onboard, and it includes a built-in microphone, so if you’re listening to music through your smartphone you can send and receive calls. Designed to work just as well resting on your cockpit table or floating in water, the device has a waterproof rating of IPX-7, meaning that it can be submerged to depths of 3ft and still function (though obviously sound quality will be better above the surface). The Aqua will get 10 hours of playtime off a single charge, and comes with a USB charging chord, an audio cable (for listening off a device without using Bluetooth) and a hanging strap. Want to go for a paddle in the kayak with a little background music or cruise in the dinghy to your own soundtrack? With the NYNE Aqua, it’s not a problem. $129.95. Nyne Multimedia, nyne.com
Ask Sail: Are Self-trackers Worth It?
Q: I’m seeing more and more self-tacking jibs out on the water (and in the pages of SAIL) these days. I can’t help thinking these boats are all hopelessly underpowered, especially off the wind, when compared to boats with even slightly overlapping headsails. But I could be ...read more