The Dry Bag
A 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, this dry bag's got the company's signature air-permeable eVENT fabric on its bottom, which means when you roll the sack down, air is pushed out of its base, allowing for easy compression and compact packing. And Sea to Summit claims that when laid on its side, the eVAC Dry Sack resists rolling better than traditional round bags, thanks to its oval shape. Prices range from $15 to $40.
Sea to Summit
The Back Pack
Once you've managed to get everything onboard, you still need a bag to tote off stuff for excursions. Enter the Double Haul from Patagonia ($125). This chest- and backpack is perfect for holding essentials. It has a 500-cubic-inch capacity and can be carried in myriad ways: In addition to the standard configuration, the back "pod" can be detached and worn as a stand-alone chest or sling pack. The Double Haul is also a great choice for fly- and flats-fishing adventurers who want to go vest-free. It can easily accommodate fly boxes and features several rod-tube attachment points.
The new Rolling Jumbo Bag from Gill certainly lives up to its name: This soft-sided behemoth has a carrying capacity of 6,700 cubic inches. And it promotes organized packing, too, with separate compartments for all the essentials—a main area for clothes, two end pockets for footwear, a wet compartment for soggy stuff, and two outer pockets for odds and ends. Another great Jumbo feature? Nonmarking wheels, which according to Gill won't scuff your decks but will give your weary shoulders a rest. Retail price: around $150.
The Computer Case
Much as I like to imagine that the minute boaters hop onboard, they disconnect their laptops to focus solely on salt air and blue seas, we all know that's simply not the case. Sometimes you just gotta take that computer along, which is why a truly waterproof carrying case is an essential. The OtterBox 7030 Laptop Case ($189.95) offers complete waterproof protection for laptops with screens up to 15 inches wide. Plus the case is made from high-impact polypropylene, which, according to the folks at OtterBox, means it's dust-proof, dirt-proof, and drop-proof, too.
This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.