Cool Kit for the Crew
Dress up the crew in some new gear, including solar flares and a swing-lift for the outboard.
Atlantis Aegis Gear
The guys at Atlantis WeatherGear, based in the sailing town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, tout their foul-weather gear as being “world-class technical-sailing performance gear designed by sailors for sailors.” So there must be some women on the team as well because the company’s new Aegis Jacket and Aegis Hybrid Bib are designed specifically for women. The jacket and bib are built with Atlantis’ Typhoon triple-layer waterproof/breathable fabric, which is both lightweight and durable, and both are sized and styled with women in mind.
$295 (each), (877) 333-7245, www.atlantisweathergear.com
If you’re looking for boat shoes with a tradi-
tional yet slightly updated look, the Varsity Line from Sebago may just fit. They have grippy soles, lightweight suede uppers, and cushioned foot beds that can be removed for a quick wash if necessary. Styles include the Finn and Laser (which lace up) and the more edgy Daring slip-on (pictured above). Available colors include light brown, dark brown, navy, and off-white.
$80 to $90, (866) 699-7367, www.sebago.com
You could call the solar-powered and splash-proof Sentina LED-52 Solarflare a flashlight, but since it features super-bright LED lights, it could also be used as a powerful backup safety light as well. It’s small enough to be slipped into a pocket during an after-dark dinghy ride back to the boat, and its LED spotlight is sufficiently bright to illuminate potential obstacles from a good way off. As long as it’s kept charged up in the sun, you’ll never again grab a flashlight only to discover that the batteries are dead.
$15, (908) 964-8109, www.sentinasmart.com/led52
A Sailing Smock
Gill has added the OS2 Smock, designed for serious coastal and offshore sailing, to its range of breathable and fully waterproof clothing. The smock is made with a three-layer fabric that reportedly makes it much easier to get on and off, more comfortable to wear, and improves breathability. And according to published materials, the unique smock design reduces the opportunity for water intrusion through the neck opening with a comfortable, adjustable neck seal and at the waist with a neoprene waistband. It also has a tall collar
with fleece lining and a storm flap, a high-visibility hood, double wrist seals, and hand-warmer pockets.
$385, (770) 945-0564, www.gillna.com
An Ocean Watch
A good watch to have on the water often does more than just tell time, and that’s the case with the OS463 from Optimum Time. Sure, it keeps accurate time, but it can also provide high- and low-tide estimates for three locations on any date, and it’s water resistant to 132 feet. It also has an electronic compass that shows bearing readings within 1 degree and a declination-angle adjustment function for worldwide use. With its round, scratch-resistant, mineral-crystal face cased in stainless steel and its silicone strap with heavy-duty stainless-steel buckle, the OS463 should be as stylish on land as it is useful on the water. Other styles are also available.
$120, (313) 887-8415, www.oceanracing.com
Now here’s a clever piece of kit for anyone who’s wrestled an outboard up to a stern mount. The Swing-Lift is specifically designed for sailboats, and it skillfully makes use of an existing halyard or topping-lift line to provide lifting power. The key advantage of the Swing-Lift is that it provides excellent clearance between the motor and the stern. This proves especially helpful on a
boat that has a reverse or sugar-scoop transom.
The Swing-Lift made of lightweight stainless
steel and is easy to install.
$388, (403) 455-1600, www.swing-lift.com