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ACR introduced two new Coast Guard-approved distress flares at the Miami boat show in February; the Aurora Red Hand flare and the Orange Hand smoke signal.

So what is the big deal why are they of importance. The answer is they promise better shelf. . . Read More

Date: 3/22/2015

Garmins new venture is a long way from GPS and on he road navigation. This new sonar is aimed directly at the recreational fisherman.

Garmin Panoptix is a multi-beam transducer that utilizing phased-array scanning sonar technology, ideal for recreational. . . Read More

Date: 3/22/2015

This interesting design for a block is made from one piece of plastic. The Nub is a simple, light block which can take great loads with no moving parts and minimal friction.

A further benefit is that the Nub is cheap a pair of Nubs will cost under. . . Read More

Date: 3/14/2015

Dr Sails is a two-component epoxy adhesive ideal for fast and flexible and underwater curing and is especially designed to repair sails.

Companies like saillrite make sewing machines so sailors can repair sails, but they are expensive and bulky, so. . . Read More

Date: 2/15/2015

There are no hard and fast times to replace your boats standing rigging, so regular inspection will help you know when to replace any stays. At the end of the season a thorough check leaves you time to make changes, while a quick check at the beginning. . . Read More

Date: 2/12/2015

Italian Manufacturer Nettuno has this interesting telescoping folding Bimini. The arch or roll bar mounts aft of the cockpit or area to be covered. When needed the canvas is opened up and the forward bar angled down into position. The forward bar is. . . Read More

Date: 2/12/2015

This is an interesting quick connect from Tylaska Marine Hardware. To be able to remove a wire shroud without pulling clevis pins is a welcome boon.

The Tylaska quick connect works with wire sizes up to 1/8 inch. However plans for larger sizes are. . . Read More

Date: 1/24/2015

Garmin makes a lot of very good GPS's and other instruments, but their base is navigation on land.

They are however gradually providing more and more sailing and racing oriented devices and programs. They are not grand prix level, but also do not. . . Read More

Date: 1/23/2015

Rope ladders are one way to climb a rig. You can pull the ladder up the mast with a halyard and then you are able to ascend the mast without assistance, like you would need with a bosuns chair.

Rope ladders however suffer from twisting as they are. . . Read More

Date: 1/10/2015

An alternative to Swage Rigging Terminals are swageless terminals also called mechanical terminals.

The beauty of the Swageless fitting is it does not require specialized tools. All you need is a method of cutting the wire to length and then 2 wrenches.. . . Read More

Date: 1/6/2015

Forward Sailing is a company at the pointed end of performance sailing. These days boat speeds have been not just been increasing but leaping upwards and crashing at these high speeds can hurt. So for protection at these speeds and to provide warmth,. . . Read More

Date: 12/24/2014

This new system has some potential to steady a boat at rest or at anchor. The simple flat boards will dampen rolling motion from waves. As the boat tries to roll it has to drag the boards with it. The drag from the boards slows down the rolling.

The. . . Read More

Date: 12/24/2014

Headset are goofy and a nuisance, but not maybe as goofy as a bad docking incident. One issue with maneuvering is communications between crew and helmsman or skipper. Clear communications make situations go smoothly while jelling back and forth and not. . . Read More

Date: 12/23/2014

MagicEzy 9-Second Chip Fix is designed for fiberglass surfaces repairs above the waterline. It is made from an exclusive nanotechnology-based formula that fills, gouges, cracks and deep scratches. The hairline fix is designed for smaller cracks and scratches.

MagicEzy. . . Read More

Date: 12/20/2014

Two component epoxy putty which has been specially formulated for repairs to damp, wet areas and underwater substrates.

Can be applied underwater in fresh water or salt water which is a plus for boaters. Look to use this product either under the. . . Read More

Date: 12/20/2014

Here is a new option for covering your cockpit against the elements. Boat Tent is unusual in that there are no poles needed to support the tent. Inflatable tubes are used to support the structure.

The tent looks like it has minimal windage problem. . . Read More

Date: 12/12/2014
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