New Gear - August 2006

Wish for FishNothing tastes as good as a fish you’ve caught yourself. Trouble is, fishing from a sailboat can be a hit-or-miss affair—in my case, usually miss. Lure maker Darrell Primrose says that’s because sailboats typically don’t go fast enough to make big lures work properly. He reckons his $59 Sailboaters Combo Rig, which includes some handy hints on techniques along with a
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Wish for Fish


Nothing tastes as good as a fish you’ve caught yourself. Trouble is, fishing from a sailboat can be a hit-or-miss affair—in my case, usually miss. Lure maker Darrell Primrose says that’s because sailboats typically don’t go fast enough to make big lures work properly. He reckons his $59 Sailboaters Combo Rig, which includes some handy hints on techniques along with a “Teaser Bird” lure intended to be
irresistible to fish at slow speed, will fill your freezer in no time. We’re talking tuna,
wahoo, and other big critters here. Note
the lack of rod and reel—that’s because
you don’t need them, according to
Darrell. Ballyhood Lures, 714-545-0196, www.ballyhood.com

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Compact binos


Some of the crews on the Volvo Ocean Race
boats were seen brandishing Steiner’s new
7@30 Navigator Pro compass binoculars
during the U.S. stopovers. These lightweight
(18-ounce) waterproof binos have a field of
view of 300 feet at 100 yards. The light-gathering ability of the lenses is claimed to be similar to that of the bigger, heavier 7@50 binoculars
usually recommended for marine use. $399 Pioneer Research, 800-257-7742, www.steiner-binoculars.com

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Chart-topping DVD


Maptech has released a DVD
containing 2,300 NOAA nautical charts and 730 river charts,
along with GPS navigation
software. The software lets you create waypoints and routes on
a computer, and if you hook
your GPS up to an onboard
laptop, your boat’s position will
be displayed in real time. It also lets you print out route plans
and chart segments. Charts are arranged by region and can
be updated gratis by going to www.freeboatingcharts.com. Sure, you could download all these charts for free, but at only $50
this DVD will save you an awful lot of time. Maptech, 888-839-5551, www.maptech.com

Kayak to go


Here’s another worthy addition to the long list of Cool Stuff to Have On Your Boat. Part inflatable, part folding boat, the Yakka 120 kayak can carry 265 pounds of prime sailing beef. From its packed-down dimensions of 59 inches by 30 inches, the Yakka extends to a 9-foot, 5-inch kayak. It won’t replace a proper tender, but it’s ideal for early-morning stealth runs around the harbor. $599. BIC Sport North America, 508-291-2770, www.BicSportNA.com

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