Cruising: Birds of a Feather

One of the author’s feathered friends takes a break on the foredeck of his current boatPhoto by Charles J. DoaneOne of the neatest things about sailing offshore is the other lifeforms we encounter. We smile when we see flying fish skimming over the surface of the sea. We cheer when dolphins leap and dance in our bow waves. We are duly reverent when mighty whales sound and spout, and continually haunted by the aerobatic gyrations of various species of...

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Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament

This Spring has felt a bit like a slow day of fishing but it’s almost time to time to Bait…and Switch.The Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournaments offer something for every member of your crew. Exceptional fishing, fun times with family, old friends and new. Our run is short, our tournaments are affordable and still offer exceptional prizes and purses. In short, Pirate’s Cove is definitely your kind of place. We invite you to join us this year…for the first time...

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Tusk by Spyderco

Spyderco's Tusk knife combines a blade and marlinspike to create a multitool perfect for marine use. Made with corrosion resistant materials like titanium and LC200N steel, a nitrogen alloyed steel, and Spyderco-exclusive locking mechanisms, this knife is one of the toughest out there. Originally dreamed up by Sal Glesser in the 80s, but tabled because the technology didn't yet exist to create strong enough locking mechanisms, this project was shelved for 25 years until Sal's son, Eric revived it...

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Italia 11.98 Performance-cruiser

This past winter, SAIL principal editor, Adam Cort, check out the new Italia Yachts’ new 11.98 performance-cruiser at the boot Dusseldorf show in German, and says he can attest to the fact it’s a boat more than worthy of the attention of North American sailors. Available in either a “Sport” or more cruiser-friendly “Bellisima,” the boat is expressly designed to not go fast, but appeal to wide range of sailors. Technical specifications Naval architecture Matteo Polli/Italia Yachts LOA - 39ft 4in Max beam -...

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Racing: Doublehanded

Adrian Little (left) and Jon Ricci prepare for the start of the Ida Lewis Distance RacePhoto by Stephen CloutierI was born in 1955, and although I was a tad young to actually follow the first Observer Single-Handed Transatlantic Race, I grew up in the age of the pioneers of solo offshore sailing—Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnson, Alec Rose, all Knighted for their singlehanded circumnavigations, Sir Robin notably being the first to do so nonstop.As a kid devouring newspaper accounts of...

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Spectra Watermakers

The world's quietest and most energy-efficient watermakers.Our product line ranges from hand operated desalinators that can make 6 gallons a day to our largest system that produces 20,000 gallons of fresh, potable water per day. Spectra Watermakers has the complete package: unparalleled engineering design, a worldwide factory-trained sales and technical service network, and a foundation firmly rooted in excellent customer service.Spectra specializes in small scale energy-efficient desalination systems designed for ocean going vessels, off-shore oil platforms, military, disaster relief,...

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Boat Review: Cape Cod

The concept of “daysailer” has grown ever broader over the years. These days the label can be pasted on a boat as small and simple as a Sunfish, as fancy as a 40-footer with a nice big cockpit and plenty of brightwork, or any number of concoctions in between. This Cape Cod daysailer, newly introduced in North America from France last fall, amazingly combines many of the best features of nearly all of the above. It is large enough...

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Sirius Signal

Be seen with the brightest SOS Distress Lights AvailableC-1002 Two Color Distress Light Flag & WhistleThe Sirius Signal model C-1002 SOS eVDSD (electronic visual distress signal device) is the first product to be engineered to the new RTCM standard 13200.0 — accepted as equivalent to the current SOS light listed in 46 CFR 161.013 (the single color white SOS). The Sirius Signal C-1002 two-color electronic Visual Distress Device (eVDSD) is the world’s first marine safety electronic flare to meet the...

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IMOCA Class Preps for Vendée-Globe: Vendée-Arctic-les Sables d’Olonne

While plenty of professional sports have been sidelined by the pandemic, there’s still one assured safe option for spectators and competitors alike: solo ocean racing. The IMOCA class has set a brand-new course for its fleet in preparation for the 2020-2021 Vendée-Globe. The new course, the Vendée-Arctic-les Sables d’Olonne is a 3,600-mile solo race to the arctic circle, starting andfinishing in Les Sables d’Olonne with two “marks” to round along the way–the West of Iceland and the North of...

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CMP: Auto Pilot Drive Systems, Wireless Steering, Power Steering, Motor Brackets and Safe-Skeg

Octopus: Autopilot Drive SystemsOctopus offers a selection of Autopilot Drive Systems that are engineered to deliver unparalleled performance and years of reliable service on a wide range of vessels.Whatever your auto steering needs, from fishing boats and sailboats to yachts of all sizes and commercial vessels, Octopus has the right drive for you.Unparalleled Performance, Reliability, and Durability! We have been designing, manufacturing and marketing Autopilot Drives for over 20 years. We hold patents on several unique devices that enhance...

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