A voltmeter has many uses on a boat. Learn more about the importance of this simple device here.
It's easy and inexpensive to install a voltmeter on your boat. Read the review here and learn how to do it yourself.
Fiberglass propane tanks from Lite Cylinder and Clear View have many advantages for marine uses. Read the full review here.
So many apps are now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as well as Android devices that it can be difficult to choose the ones you need. Here's a comparison to help you choose.
The ColRegs Rules of the Road App from iGlimpse Ltd is an educational and reference tool for learning all the essential regulations for avoiding collisions among all kinds of boats in all circumstances. Read the full review to see if you need it.
The Navigation Lights and Shapes App from iGlimpse Ltd is an educational and reference tool for identifying lights and day shapes for all boats and ships. Read the full review to see if you need it.
"Sailing Fascination" by Heinrich Hecht is a beautiful book of photographs of sailboats and sailors, a coffee table book that is deeply inspirational but also informative.
Nautical Antiques by Robert W.D. Ball is a nice photo book of nautical instruments, scrimshaw, art, and other maritime antiques, perfect for any collector or historian.
Lists and reviews of the best books about sailing, including both how-to manuals and sailing narratives and novels.
The Boater's Pocket Reference app for Apple devices has useful value for sailors and boaters. Read the full review here to see if you need it.
SailingApp is an iOS app for all Apple devices, containing a range of information of interest to sailors as well as some tools. Read the full review here.
Learn what sail adjustments to make on a sailboat when the wind gets stronger to reduce heeling and weather helm and maintain control of the boat.
SEAiq is a marine navigation and plotting app that turns your iPad or iPhone into a GPS chartplotter. Read the full review here.
The FreedomPop 3G 4G Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot is an perfect solution for budget-conscious boaters who need connectivity while on their boats near shore.
Here are the 2010 dates, locations, and web links for major U.S. boat shows featuring sailboats.
Using calcium chloride in bulk or DampRid moisture-absorbing products helps keep your boat dry and free of mold during winter storage and when unused during the season.
For boating navigation on a laptop, the free chartplotter software OpenCPN may be perfect for your needs. Read the review here.
Polar Navy is a chart navigation software program for real-time GPS navigation on your boat. Read the review here to see if it's right for you.
My Anchor Watch app for Android is pretty good at signaling anchor dragging - read the full review here.
The DragQueen Anchor Alarm app is a simple app that sets off an alarm if your boat moves too far from its original anchored position. Read the review here to compare to other anchoring apps.
Michael Hurley's memoir, Once Upon a Gypsy Moon, is part a sailing adventure and part inner voyage. Read the review here.
John Vigor's book The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge is a fascinating compendium of all sorts of nautical knowledge of interest to sailors. Read the full review here.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best anchor for your boat. Read this comparison of different types of anchors for sailboats.
Learn how to retrieve your boat's anchor without problems.
Whenever you anchor where the bottom is rocky or in harbors where old chain and other debris lie on the bottom, you run the risk of losing your anchor if it snags and won’t come up. Learn how to rig a trip line in those tricky situations to make it easy to get the anchor back up.