June 2004

EPIRB Test

Subscribers Only — An independent evaluation of GPS-equipped 406-MHz EPIRBs leads to the suspension of sales of two models from McMurdo.   More...

Battery Boxes and Trays

Subscribers Only — In fully covered battery boxes, we like the pricy Blue Seas. If tray-type hold-downs are your preference, go for West or Gil.   More...

Non-Skid Compounds and Paints

Subscribers Only — We continue our experiments in finding combinations of paint and non-skid compounds that provide more traction with less abrasion, and longevity without gnarliness.   More...

Telstar 28

Subscribers Only — Though a predecessor went by the Telstar name in the '80s, the T2 is brand new in every sense.   More...

Water Repellents for Fabric

303 Fabric Guard outdoes our old favorite, Scotch Gard Heavy Duty, for about the same price. ReviveX is another top performer, but costs a lot per ounce.   More...

Headings: Navigation, Then and Now

Subscribers Only — Between Marion-Bermuda and Newport-Bermuda events, June 18 will mark Nick Nicholson's 18th race to the Onion Patch, and his 25th year as an offshore navigator. He compares the racing navigator's role and methods in 1979 with those in 2004.   More...