Features January 2007 Issue

Ocean Testing the Best Sailing Gear

“Marine-grade” gear doesn’t always live up to expectations.

Circumnavigators Evans Starzinger gives Practical Sailor his unvarnished assessment of what sailing equipment holds up to the real-world tests of serious offshore cruising. Evans evaluates autopilots, winches, rope clutches, boom vangs, mainsail slides, sailing instruments, safety equipment, marine electronics, and more. His conclusion? A lot of equipment that is marketed for recreational sailors doesn’t offer good value when compared to products designed for commercial, industrial, or non-marine purposes. Some of it plain doesn’t work.

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