New Gear – April 2008 - Sail Magazine

New Gear – April 2008

Vision QuestLooking for one pair of go-to shades that will serve you equally well on the water, at the club, and on the ski slopes? Kaenon’s new Kabin model features simple-yet-elegant Italian styling and is made of injection-molded TR-90 plastic for durability and minimal weight. The Kabin’s ultra-grippy nose pads will hold the glasses securely on your face, and the
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Vision Quest
Looking for one pair of go-to shades that will serve you equally well on the water, at the club, and on the ski slopes? Kaenon’s new Kabin model features simple-yet-elegant Italian styling and is made of injection-molded TR-90 plastic for durability and minimal weight. The Kabin’s ultra-grippy nose pads will hold the glasses securely on your face, and the proprietary SR-91 lenses deliver fantastic optical quality. $199 Kaenon Polarized, 949-574-7918, www.kaenon.com


Freshness Lock
Keeping food and veggies fresh while cruising can be difficult, especially if the item’s packaging doesn’t reseal. Ziplock’s new Quickseals allow you to put a zip-slider closing system on any opened bag or box of food. They fasten easily to the original packaging via adhesive strips, and the zipper-closure system helps to keep the contents fresh and prevent spills. Talk about perfect kit for any cruising or offshore sailor! Freezer and microwave safe. $3.99 Neese Products, LLC., 800-705-6255,


Eternal Flame?
Here’s one for the abandon-ship bag, or just for novelty. The Sunlighter is a simple device that allows the user to turn sunlight into fire. Simply clip the Sunlighter together, put whatever needs to be lit on fire—paper, a match, or a candle—in the holder, and point the unit’s concave mirror at the sun. This concentrates the sun’s heat enough to light up the object. The Sunlighter can double as a signaling mirror. From $14.95 Sunlighter, Inc., 877-449-0991, www.sunlighter.com


Need to shed light on your engine without tapping your house batteries? Black & Decker’s cordless Bright Bar and Mini Bright Bar can provide focused light, area lighting, or 360-degree lighting to suit the space that needs illuminating. The units’ long-life LED bulbs are reported to provide up to 10,000 hours of bulb life, and an adjustable swivel hanging hook allows precise positioning. The unit has an easy-to-grip handle, a sturdy base, and is constructed with break-resistant materials.
From $19.99 Black & Decker, 800-544-6986,

GEAR TEST: Musto Ocean Boots

By Peter Nielsen


About 10 years ago I acquired my first pair of Gore-Tex-lined sailing boots and the difference in the quality of my sailing life (and that of my shipmates) was immediately apparent. No more cold, clammy, rubber-encased feet; they still didn’t smell of roses, and the boots weren’t flawless, but they were a huge improvement nonetheless. Last year, a sailing trip to Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn promised extreme conditions that would call for extreme footwear, so I brought along a pair of Musto HPX Ocean boots.

These full-height boots have a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex lining, leather outers on the foot part, and a tough woven nylon outer covering on the upperworks. Uniquely among seaboots, they also have built-in gaiters – stretchy waterproof nylon sleeves into which your pants can be tucked, thereby minimizing the chance of a shot of icy water up your leg. I was particularly taken with the soft, grippy sole, which is molded so that you still retain some traction even when your foot is at a slight angle to the deck.

I wore these boots nearly every day for two weeks in conditions that were always cool, mostly damp, and occasionally extremely wet. My feet remained dry and fragrant (well, they didn’t smell), and I found the boots very comfortable. Usually a size 10 and a half, I’d ordered size 12 boots to make room for thick socks and so that I could kick them off easier if happened to fall overboard. It was the right move: the extra toe-room contributed greatly to comfort and allowed me to layer socks.

The boots took in their stride repeated dunkings to calf-height while debarking from dinghies in rocky coves, and prolonged immersion while trekking across marshy ground. Highly recommended, if expensive at around $350-$400 depending on where you look. www.musto.com



Chartering the U.S. and Spanish Virgins

Flying into Tortola in the British Virgin Islands one December morning, three months after Hurricane Irma, I felt like a war correspondent dispatched to the battlefront rather than a sailing magazine writer on an assignment to go cruising.As my LIAT plane descended toward Beef ...read more


Weather Gear for Inshore Sailing

Just because you’re not planning on braving the Southern Ocean this summer doesn’t mean that you won’t have some dicey days out on the water. If you haven’t got the right gear, a little rain or humidity can make things miserable. As with all safety equipment, “it’s always better ...read more


2018 Atlantic Cup Video Mini-Series

Atlantic Cup 2018: TrailerThis past spring, SAIL magazine was on-hand to document the 2018 Atlantic Cup, a two-week-long Class 40 regatta spanning the U.S. East Coast and one of the toughest events in all of North America. The preview above will give you a taste of the four-video ...read more


3Di NORDAC: One Year In

One year ago this month, North Sails launched a cruising revolution with the introduction of 3Di NORDAC. The product promised to deliver a better cruising experience for a market that had not seen true product innovation in over 60 years. Today we’re celebrating the team that ...read more


Sea Eagle’s HB96 inflatable SUP

What SUP?Dinghies and kayaks are all very well, but there’s nothing like a stand-up paddleboard for exploring interesting new shorelines while giving you a good workout. Sea Eagle’s HB96 inflatable SUP makes a fine addition to your boat’s armory of anchorage toys, either on its ...read more


Charting the USVI and Spanish Virgins

When my friends and I booked a one-way bareboat charter with Sail Caribe, starting in the U.S. Virgin Islands and finishing in Puerto Rico, we were a little nervous about what we would find in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria—even seven months later.When our plane ...read more


Know How: Sail Repair Kit

Despite your best efforts, there will inevitably be times when your sail gets damaged while at sea and needs to be repaired. First, no matter what the job, you will need to do a quick damage assessment, a task that requires a flat wooden surface, sharp scissors and a helping ...read more


Coming of Age at the Atlantic Cup

Midway through the final race of the inshore portion of the 2018 Atlantic Cup, the three boats in the lead—Mike Dreese’s Toothface 2, Mike Hennessy’s Dragon and Oakcliff Racing, representing the Long Island Sound-based sailing school of the same name—suddenly broke free from the ...read more


North U’s Regatta Experience Program

“Want to check the keel?” North U Coach Geoff Becker calls to me from back by the transom. We’ve just suffered our worst finish in the regatta and are absolutely flying on our way back to shore, spinnaker up and heeling at an angle that feels like maybe we’re tempting fate. ...read more