These are the two words that no skipper wants to hear, but with the new MOBi-lert 720i system she will quickly know if someone unexpectedly exits stage left (or starboard). Each crewmember carries a small MOBi-ilert PTX unit, which sends a constant signal to the system’s monitoring unit. If one of the PTX units is submerged, the transmission is broken and an onboard alarm is automatically activated. The system can be configured to kill the engine or to release a dan bouy; a MOBi-lert console unit (not included) identifies the MOB, notes the GPS coordinates, and directs the skipper back to the MOB via its Track-Boat screen. $895.Ocean Marketing, 800-343-8294, www.oceanmark.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