Some Good Sailboat Gear
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Don Reynolds Spear FishingGood GearWe've Got 80 Feet of Waterline... (Lyrics by Stephen Stills - Southern Cross)
Wading Through the Flood of Paraphernalia
Take advice with a grain of salt.

The sailing community has oceans of opinions and all the salt to go with it. We have gone through all manner of research, investigation, and examination to determine what gear will work best for our needs - only to have some other sailor provide unsolicited opinions that often times contaminated the confidence we had about our selection.

Over the years we've learned to factor in the giver's vessel, living situation, motivation, and experience to determine whether we should heed or disregard the advice. You've already been exposed to information about our vessel and living situation. My motivation is simply to share the good experiences we've had with some products that have delivered what they advertised.

As far as experience, well - we use these products in our everyday lives.

Good Shade Gear
Good Shade Gear
Pro-Techt Mantis Umbrellas
Sailing on a sunny day is heaven. Sailing without shade is hell. Providing some protection from the sun is a must, but our boat's design was not conducive to putting up any sort of permanent, effective awning (bimini) without totally altering the rigging and doing major construction - not to mention...
 
Good Grilling Gear
Good Grilling Gear
Magma Marine Grills
I was excited to find a Magma kettle barbecue tucked deep in a locker on our boat. I cleaned it up and hung it off the back rail - used it once or twice before we knocked it off into the water during a difficult docking situation. Don was going to leave it on the ocean floor until I...
 
Good Berth Gear
Good Berth Gear
Froli Sleep System
While visiting Annapolis in search for our perfect vessel, we met a wonderful couple who were live-aboards. In the interest of preparation for our own plans, we asked them to impart one unforeseen aspect about life aboard. "Even in the warmest of latitudes...
 
Good Work Gear
Good Work Gear
Fein Multimaster Tool
I am certain that the reason Popeye had such big forearms was not due to the spinach, rather it was because he had a wooden boat that he sanded by hand. I had no desire to put myself through that kind of torture, and I don't believe...
 
Nice Hose Bag
Good Water Gear
"Nice Hose Bag!"
Though it may burst the freely floating forever bubble that a sailing life often evokes, there were times when Don and I had to cloak ourselves in normalcy and ...
 

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The Re Metau, (People of the Sea) inhabited a few of the atolls in the Caroline chain that is made up of about 600 islands and stretches 1,800 miles from west to east.