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Maxam Sailor’s Tool

Maxam Sailor’s Tool

This spartan and inexpensive pocket tool is ideal for sailing and fishing, but it’s also useful for camping and hunting. It combines a honed knife blade, marlinspike, shackle key, and bottle opener. Its stainless steel handle has a 2″ imperial ruler on one side, and a 5cm metric ruler on the other.

The Arts of the Sailor

The Arts of the Sailor

Originally published back in 1953, Hervey Garrett Smith’s book The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework is a great reference for mariners of all experience levels to learn about shipboard skills, along with detailed illustrations and directions for working with rope and tying various useful knots.

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Sailing with Land Rover BAR

Sailing with Land Rover BAR

During their recent trip to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, we had a chance to visit with the Land Rover BAR team, and got see what goes into hydrofoil racing, from the engineering of the boats to the sheer fortitude of each crew member.

Sailboat Mast Walk

Sailboat Mast Walk

That tiny speck at the end of the mast is sailor Alex Thomson, who scurried up the 98-foot-tall mast of his racing sailboat while the boat was angled in the water. If that’s not crazy enough, he took a flying leap when he got to the top.

World’s Fastest Sailboat

World’s Fastest Sailboat

The Vestas Sailrocket 2 combines modern engineering with the mighty power of Mother Nature to propel itself along the water at an astounding 65.75 knots (~75mph) (Thanks Speare!)

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