Gear for Solving Problems

Have a problem onboard? Not for long! These pieces of gear can help you solve problems, from big to small on board.

If you love the freedom of having a hard-bottom inflatable but have trouble stowing it on board for passages, check out the F-RIB. It’s a foldable RIB that stows in a carry bag that can easily fit inside a cockpit locker. The 275 (shown) is 9 feet long and can be used with up to a 15-horsepower outboard.

$2,995 •

BZ Optics
BZ Opics Pho Glasses BZ Optics

Protect your eyes from the wind at night and in low-light conditions — and read your chart plotter too. The Pho is a photochromatic lens that is clear at night and darkens as the sun comes up. The glasses are also available as ­bifocals, making it easy to check the chart or catch up on a novel during your watch.


$100 and up •

Flexofold Composite Prop Flexofold

If you’ve ever dealt with electrolysis damage on your boat’s propeller, you will appreciate the new composite prop from Flexofold. This two-bladed folding prop is constructed out of modern composite ­materials that are ­immune to electrolysis. The prop is available in 15- to 18-inch diameters and a variety of pitches.

$1,615 (17-inch) •

Groove Life
Groove Silicone Ring Groove Life

There are any number of things aboard a sailboat that can snag the ring on your finger, either damaging the ring or, worse, your finger. If you’d rather not go ringless, take a look at the Groove Ring. The silicone construction will break before your finger could be injured. It has a low profile, yet the recessed inner design allows skin to breathe. The rings are available in a variety of colors and sizes.

$30 •

wind warrior
Wind Warrior Typhoon wind warrior

Wind is great when it’s filling your sails, but not so much when you’re trying to have a picnic on the beach. The lightweight, compact and portable Typhoon is a wind-blocker that can be set up in minutes and withstand wind up to 50 mph. The fabric is designed to not stretch or fade, and the support stakes are specially made for the sand.


$150 •