New Gear - November 2007

Weatherly GearFoul weather often demands only a thin layer of protection, yet many sailing jackets are heavier and bulkier than needed for inshore racing or coastal cruising. The lightweight Atlantis Microburst shell is designed for use in light rain, wind, fog, and mist. It is available with or without a hood, has oversized pockets, an athletic cut, armpit zips for shedding excess
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Foul weather often demands only a thin layer of protection, yet many sailing jackets are heavier and bulkier than needed for inshore racing or coastal cruising. The lightweight Atlantis Microburst shell is designed for use in light rain, wind, fog, and mist. It is available with or without a hood, has oversized pockets, an athletic cut, armpit zips for shedding excess heat, and is made from ripstop nylon. Plus it folds/stows small. Men’s and women’s sizes; $150, hooded; $135, without hood. Atlantis Weather Gear, 877-333-7245, www.atlantisweathergear.com

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Trap Strap


Hanging it out on the wire is one of the most exciting aspects of dinghy sailing; being thrown forward and taking the full-value “around-the-world” ride around the forestay is one of the scariest. Using a fixed footstrap can lead to serious injury in the event of capsizing or pitchpoling. The new AquaStrap is a releasable footstrap made out of high-grade polymers; it can be screwed or riveted onto a variety of gunwales or racks. Best yet, a user simply sets the strap to release when exposed to a certain amount of force. $53.80. Alphatech Cadcam Services, Ltd., 011-44-1626-835059, www.aquastrap.net

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Problem-Solving Tape
Busted fresh-water hose? Leaking oil line? Thanks to Harbor Products’s self-amalgamating, silicone-based Rescue Tape, these problems are just a few wraps away from being solved. Rescue Tape forms a permanent seal, is waterproof and air-tight, insulates against up to 8,000 volts of electrical current, can resist 700 psi of pressure, and can survive temperatures up to 500F, all of which make it a good addition to your boat’s fix-it kit. The tape is resistant to salt water, UV rays, oil, and acids and comes in seven colors. Simply stretch the tape out, wrap it tightly around what needs fixing, and it’s “problem solved.” $24.95 for a two-pack. Harbor Products, Inc., 877-847-2628, www.rescuetape.com

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Composite Option


Looking to save weight aboard? The Lite Cylinder Co. manufactures composite propane tanks that are 30 percent lighter than steel tanks and purportedly just as safe. The tank’s fiberglass cylinder is encased in a poly-ABS material; the units are equipped with standard overfill-protection valves. Lite tanks are approved by the Department of Transportation, are stackable, corrosion resistant, and are translucent enough to allow you to see how much fuel remains. Available in three sizes (10, 20, and 33 pounds), from $81.50. The Lite Cylinder Co., 866-412-5483, www. litecylinder.com

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