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 …

Product Review: Ronstan Rope Bag, Winch Handle Pocket & Drink Holder

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review

I don’t enjoy admitting this, but I am a messy sailor. I don’t always coil the lines correctly, and my knots don’t look as good as they should. In addition, my cockpit lacks organization, and when I look through some of the compartments on my boat, I start to rethink if I have what it takes to be called a sailor.  After all, aren’t sailors fastidious and meticulously neat? Aren’t your lines always supposed to be in order? Luckily for me, Ronstan has identified my flaw and is helping. So, this month we are looking at Ronstan rope bags, winch …

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 …

Product Review: Gill Marine Gloves

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review

How often do you think about your hands while sailing?  Do you consistently wear gloves? Can you remember the first time a line raced through the palm of your hand and left you with a burning sensation that ruined your entire sail? Gill Marine sent us a number of their new gloves to try out. What we found out was that a good glove feels like a part of your body.  The cliche “It fits like a glove” actually means something. The gloves are definitely fit for a multitude of uses and wearing your favorite sailing gloves for just sailing …