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.
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.
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.