Personal Gear & Apparel

Gadgets, Gear, and Goodies

Its that time of year again: Time to hunt down those last-minute gifts for the boaties in our lives. And because many sailors wish...

Mailport: 12/06

MARINE INSURANCE REDUXI have been reading with much interest your articles about marine insurance this year (April and May 2006). Every year, I look...

Marine Binoculars Over $300

Quality Optics, warranty: ruggedness put Fujinons on top.What do you get when you spend big bucks on binoculars? Significan'tly better optics and increased durability....

Rhumb Lines — Getting a Fix on Reality

It was mid-July 1990 on the Caicos Banks, a stretch of shallow, gin-clear water extending for about 70 miles east to west in the...

Looking Sharp

Binoculars are an expensive but essential piece of marine safety gear. All skippers should keep a pair close at hand whenever they are at...

Nike Shows Its Salty Side In Base-layer Test

Helly Hansen TransporterThe Transporter is made of LIFA Versa, Helly Hansen’s lightest base-layer fabric, featuring two layers—LIFA inside and polyester outside. Essentially, LIFA Versa...

Plunge Water Shoe

Our last wholesale evaluation of boating shoes was published in the Oct. 15, '98 issue. More recently, we evaluated newcomers to the market in...

Float-Tech

The Float-Tech PFD, which is offered in seven sizes, provides 27 lbs. of buoyancy, and its makers say that it's designed to turn...

Hevea Sea Boots

Far too long ago we got a package from Chris Bridge, a reader in Southern California, who sent us one seaboot that appeared to...

Rechargeable Spotlight Test

The Illumina Light has two other advantages over its competitors: First, its blue beam creates less glare than the others. Second, it can be...