There is never enough storage on most boats and carrying gear back and forth can be a hassle. A former sailor agreed and made a carryall that she used in her boating. It worked so well she is making them for other boaters. This expandable carryall is made of tough nylon net and webbing material and is surprisingly tough, yet it can swallow dozens of items. We found it really useful for life jackets, foul- weather gear and sea boots, for example. The maker claims she once put 24 life-jackets into hers and we can believe it. It measures 54” by 56” and is complete with a drawstring closure and carrying handles.

The lightweight, new and improved Regatta Master Watch II from Gill is designed specifically for the competitive sailor. Water resistant to 50 meters, features include a stopwatch, countdown timer – with Sync function, compass, calendar and alarm, all displayed on a large digital screen. Serious racers will enjoy the countdown feature that gives a sound signal every minute, and in the last minute prior to the race start, the seconds count down in a large full screen display for ease of viewing. The synchronization feature allows sailors to readjust their timings to the closest minute at any time in the sequence.

altSperry Top-Sider® just announced updates to its new SON-R Technology, a patent-pending sensory feedback system engineered into a line of multi-water sport shoes. These shoes are specially designed to address the challenges water enthusiasts face when navigating across varied and unseen underfoot terrain. Whether on slippery rocks while portaging a canoe, or on the slick fibreglass of a boat, Sperry has engineered a complete collection of footwear that creates a safer and more enjoyable experience in, on and around the water.

altThe Coastal Keelboat Vest by Salus Marine Wear has just received Coast Guard approval for your sailing enjoyment this spring. The Coastal keelboat vest is inherently buoyant rather than being an inflatable, so it is actually lighter in weight and can provide safety and protection while sailing and racing.

The big news for keelboat sailors at all levels, is that The Coastal keelboat vest by Salus features a built-in harness, so you can tether yourself and you can adjust the harness as needed.

ZhikRed125This is quite simply an amazing beanie. Super luxurious, lightweight, and made of 40% Possum ECO-fur and merino. The Possum fur is very fine and has a hollow core so it retains the heat. This is not a soggy beanie.

· 3 Dot waterproof & breathable - 2 layer fabric

GillKeyWestJacket125NEW· Fully taped seams for a waterproof seal

· Fully lined & drainage facility

· Rollaway high-vis hood & volume adjustment for improved fit

Gul_Code_Zero_Drysuit125The Code Zero suit is a revolutionary jump in drysuit technology. It includes ergonomically positioned stretch panels for the perfect balance of flexibility and protection. Product features include:

  • Breathable and waterproof
  • Stretch arm, leg and back panels provide unrestricted movement
  • 100% waterproof heat taped seams
  • Tough Dynat front zip with storm flap

Helly125NEWThe iconic LIFA white stripes are recognized by professionals, core athletes and outdoor enthusiasts around the world. The long-sleeve crew features Lifa Stay Dry Technology to move moisture away from the skin while flat lock stitching and low bulk cuffs enhance comfort during any sport, all year long.

Ronstan125Extra-sticky, ultra-tacky palms provide an extra-firm grip with less hand strength and reduce fatigue by minimising the physical effort required to hold rope. Amara synthetic leather offers maximum durability minimum stretch and shrinkage. Mesh panels for comfort. Inside Velcro wrist closures won t interfere with the buttons on your watch.

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