Editors Tap Top Sailing Gear of the Year

Editors Tap Top Sailing Gear of the Year


Each fall, Practical Sailor editors sort through the best test products of the past year to pick those deserving of a spot on our PS Editors’ Choice roster. To be named to the list, products must earn the Best Choice rating among their respective peers and clearly stand out above others in their field.

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Fighting Mildew, Mold, and Lichen

    Most boat owners regard their boat as a living, breathing thing, but when real living things—especially the microscopic variety—move aboard and start occupying large swaths of damp real estate, it’s time to draw the line. We’ve done a series of reports on mildew...

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  • Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

    Anchor Swivels: Caution Required

    Stroll down the docks at any boat show, and you’ll see a surprising number of boats equipped with expensive, stainless-steel swivels between the anchor and the chain. Almost all of these swivels are highly polished, machined and/or welded gems that cost anywhere from $80 to...

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Fiber Lifeline Protection Plan

    New, single-braid, high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) lines, such as Amsteel Blue from Samson Ropes, WR2 (wire rope replacement) from New England Ropes, and Vectrus from Yale Cordage, have revolutionized the way sailors think about standing and running rigging. Bit by bit, these...

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