Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Does the sailor in your life have trouble getting a good night’s sleep on board? A Froli under-mattress kit could be the perfect gift. It improves air circulation, provides orthopedic support over the entire surface and can be adjusted to fit spaces of any shape or size. It comes in regular or large sizes and is easily clipped together to create a comfortable foundation. You can easily mount the system onto solid bunk tops or existing slatted frames so it can adapt to any environment. $279.00. Froli,



Rumson’s, New England’s award-winning rum distillery, has created what it calls its Grand Reserve. A custom blend of fine aged Caribbean rums known for its exceptionally smooth taste; you’ll be sipping on something that reminds you of being down south, even during a cold New England winter. With its classic finish and notes of caramel and butterscotch, it’s the perfect thing for any celebration. If you’re in the mood for something more, check out the spiced rum, or the popular coffee rum. $45.99. Rumson’s,



Personifying all things “nautical” in design and character, OZ understands that your style represents who you are and how what you wear embodies that. It is clear through their hand-made, custom-designed craftmanship that what they make isn’t about them, it’s about you. With numerous options to choose from, you can select the materials that will create a look that perfectly represents who you are and what you believe in. $29.90-$48.90. OZ Wristgear,



While most sailors are known for finishing their bottles of wine in one go, these multi-purposeful hand painted bottle toppers not only provide a seal for the unlikely unfinished wine bottle but can also keep your olive oil or water bottles capped-off and looking good. Customized toppers are also available, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t fret. $6.99. Microworld Toppers,



Is your significant sailor always running out of juice? Then the MyCharge AdventureUltra is the ideal gift. With one AC power outlet, and two USB-A and one USB-C plugs, it can keep up with all of your charging needs—be it your cell phone, laptop or tablet. If you’re cruising as a family that depends on multiple electronics, it’s great to have the ability to charge more than one device at a time. Whether you use it as your primary power source or emergency backup, it is a must have on board. $129.99. myCharge,



These lovely coastal maps by artist Joseph Tarella, based on popular East Coast harbors and waterfront cities, will make a beautiful addition to your home or boat. While the relationship and synthesis of water and land is ever-changing, you’ll be able to keep Tarella’s ink and watercolor art for a lifetime. $160.00-$700.00. Coastal Art Maps,



Compact enough to fit on your keychain and spacious enough to fit an entire outfit with a 3-liter capacity, the Droplet wet bag is the best of both worlds—big and small. It comes in its own silicone container for storage and will keep your things wet or dry depending on your needs. $14.99. Matador,



One of the most versatile jackets we’ve seen, Helly Hansen’s Crew Midlayer Hooded Jacket is one that will keep you warm and looking stylish on, or off, of the water. It has a Polartech fleece lining and is also fully seam sealed, with a one-hand bottom hem adjustment and chest and hand pockets with zippers. Available in cayenne, white and navy, this windproof, waterproof and breathable jacket provides style, protection and comfort, wherever you are. $170.00 Helly Hansen,



The Cape Horn notebook’s 240 pages of ruled paper are bound with covers made from recycled sails and other environmentally friendly materials. Each book contains a gusseted pocket for sheets and a page marker made of sail rope. Manufactured in Patagonia, they embody the allure of Cape Horn and allow you to get a taste of it through these distinctive notebooks. $28.99. Cape Horn,


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SAIL's Tip of the Week

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Gear: ATN Multi Awning

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How to Sail the Med

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Know-How: Rigging Emergency Rudders

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Experience: Hard Aground

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Vestas Discusses Fatal Collision, Recovery

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