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Ship Shape

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2008

Photo by Craig Wallace DaleLittlest TrainerIt may look like a basic sport watch, but the new Garmin Forerunner 405 is anything but. This GPS-enabled tool (approximately $300)...

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Stocking Stuffers

By Catherine Pearson | Posted November 2008

Fish TimeIt's no Rolex, but the Humminbird SmartCast RF35 Fish Finder Watch is still pretty cool. This $79, waterproof wrist unit uses the company's "Advanced Remote Sonar...

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In the Drink

By Catherine Pearson | Posted October 2008

Drum ProtectionSwimming does a body good. It strengthens your muscles, works your lungs, and can be quite the tonic for your mind, too. There are, however, a couple of organs it...

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Sunny Days

By Catherine Pearson | Posted September 2008

Protective PoloCraig Wallace DaleThe new Fast-Dri Pique Polo from Henri Lloyd may look like your standard issue T-shirt, but that traditional styling belies some decidedly high-...

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Better Baggage

By | Posted August 2008

The Dry BagA dry bag is a dry bag is a dry bag, right? Not so, my friends. The new eVAC Dry Sack from Sea to Summit features a slight tweak on a fairly common design. You see,...

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Fancy Feet

By Catherine Pearson | Posted July 2008

Classic LuxuryThis may look like an old-school Sperry style, but don't be fooled: The new Gold Cup Toggle ($160) has been updated with some serious bling: 18K-gold-plated eyelets...

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Space Savers

By Catherine Pearson | Posted June 2008

Seat StowageAs a boat owner, you understand that space onboard is at a real premium, particularly if you're readying your vessel for a long trip. The Seat Organizer from Boatmates...

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Shady Business

By Catherine Pearson | Posted May 2008

Sticky ShadesCosta Del Mar BlackfinsSun, wind, and chop are no match for Blackfins ($139 to $239), the newest offering from the sunglass gurus at Costa Del Mar. Hydrolite, the...

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Kid Control

By Catherine Pearson | Posted April 2008

Game OnWhen your kids aren't splashing around in the water, they're probably lazing in front of the TV or listening to their iPods. Fed up with the tube-and-tunes routine?...

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Weight-less Anchoring

By Mike Smith | Posted March 2008

After many seasons of raising his 35-pound CQR anchor with an old-fashioned manual windlass, the owner of this Downeast cruiser got tired of cranking. So he decided to equip her...

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Ten Tools You Forgot to Pack

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008

A requisite for any boater worth his salt is a tool kit that's stocked with all the old standbys—wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, things like that. But while conventional...

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Floating Alone

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2008

Better to be prepared for the worst than to have to face the consequences.Most of us visit our PFDs only once, when we take them out of their plastic wrappers and stow them...

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Fast 'n Foldable

By Catherine Pearson | Posted January 2008

Best BikeCraig Wallace DaleGoBike Motion ELX 8The GoBike Motion ELX 8 ($999.99) is a feat of modern engineering—a lightweight, aluminum-frame bicycle that folds up in 25...

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Galley Gourmand

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007

Portable PotsMagma Teflon cookwareThis nine-piece, stainless steel-and-Teflon cookware set from Magma reminds me of those Russian nesting dolls I loved growing up, only these...

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Personal Touch

By Catherine Pearson | Posted October 2007

Craig Wallace DaleCustom CoversAs a former prep-schooler from Connecticut, I've got a thing for monograms. On totes, sweaters, sheets—I love them all. That's why I was...

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A Moveable Feast

By Catherine Pearson | Posted September 2007

Craig Wallace DaleCool TunesWhy buy just any old cooler when you can choose a musical one? The Rolling Cooler/Audio System from Igloo ($149.95) is well insulated, holds as many as...

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Staying Dry

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted August 2007

GillCraig Wallace DaleGill: Atlantic OS4I like two foul-weather jackets from Gill: the Atlantic OS4 (seen here), which has every bell and whistle, and the Key West. The former is...

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Sole Performers

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted June 2007

Craig Wallace DaleStep out in style in these sole performers.BIRKENSTOCKBirkenstocks aren’t just for hippies anymore; now they’re for boaters, too. In fact, senior editor Capt....

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Anchors Aweigh

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted January 2007

The test team launched, attempted to set, and retrieved each anchor at least four times over two days.I’ve heard of boaters who choose an anchor based upon how good it looks in...

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A Touch of Class

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted November 2006

You wouldn’t dare furnish your megayacht with anything less than the best. Real leather seating in the dinette? Absolutely. Imported carpeting in the saloon? You bet. Eight-...

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Playing it Safe

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted November 2006

Got a prized Rolex? Or maybe some treasured, heirloom jewels? Protect the valuables onboard with the same attention to detail you lavish on the exterior of your yacht by...

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Docking Magic

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted November 2006

Want to dock your megayacht yourself? Better yet, want to look like a seasoned pro while doing so? Then add the Beier IVCS2000 to your electronics package, and you are sure to be...

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Sospenders 38 Series Lifejacket

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006

If $199 is out of your PFD price range, consider the slightly less-expensive Sospenders World Class 38 Sentinel Series jacket ($150); it has most of the same features as the...

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Sterns Children's PFD

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West...

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West Marine Belt Pack PFD

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West...

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Mustang Survival PFD

By | Posted September 2006

Let's start with the automatic-inflating PFD. The one from Mustang Survival, approved for commercial use, is top-notch. We tested it in the Hudson River and can confirm that it is...

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