6 Sailing Bags You Need On Your Boat

By: Partners

I have to stop complaining about how many shoes my wife has because I probably have that many sailing bags. Yes, I have too many sailing bags and I am proud of that.  You always need a good bag to carry your gear to and from your sailboat or to store much-needed equipment on your boat.  I tend to like bags that are waterproof, soft-sided, and easy to carry.  When I travel my bag has to be large enough to carry all of my gear and still be able to get past TSA and the overhead bin restrictions. Sailboats are …

Member Benefit Spotlight – Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO)

By: Equipment, Members, Partners

One of my long-lasting memories of bareboat chartering has become a ritual when in the perfect anchorage.  My family enjoys catamaran sailing so we typically bareboat charter a catamaran in the 40 to 48-foot range with a trampoline at the bow.   If you have the right hammock you attach it under the trampoline and you hover a few inches over the water as your kids feed you snacks through the netting. Perfect vacation spot! Every sailor needs a hammock.  This month’s featured Member Benefit is from Eagles Nest Outfitters.  An American Sailing Membership is valuable in more ways than …

Essential Sailing Gear

By: Equipment, Members, Partners

There are many ways to go sailing, from relaxing day sails and low-stakes racing to long-term cruising and adventurous offshore passages, but some things never change. The wind and seas are just as they were thousands of years ago, and still present the same opportunities and challenges. The only difference is that these days we have much better sailing gear to help us along! Just as sailboat technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, so have the personal items that improve the sailing experience. Here is some essential sailing gear every mariner can use, no matter what their ambition. If …

Toxic Sunscreen: A Sailboat Captain’s Experience

By: Partners, Product Review, Safety

By Kim Walther, ASA Instructor Working as a boat captain, I see a huge variety of sunscreen brands. It’s always interesting to check out what my sailing school students or charterers bring with them. I like to read what’s on the front, and then look at the back.  It’s absolutely incredible that some brands that we perceive as being very good for us and the environment actually include those poisonous chemicals. I found that out the hard way, when I used a sunscreen that I thought was wonderful and I ended up being poisoned by the ingredients! You can read …