The slogan for Good Old Boat magazine is “The Sailing Magazine for the Rest of Us!” Unless you’re shopping for or have just bought a brand-new sailboat, this magazine is chock-full of articles covering almost everything you need to keep your sailboat running or make upgrades you can do yourself. Well written, with beautiful and useful photos, Good Old Boat reviews classic sailboats, discusses the best gear, and gives step-by-step procedures for repairs and maintenance. They also have a great selection of books and clothing items that make excellent gifts.
Here's a new palm-size 14-megapixel digital camera that is perfect for boaters. With a 5X optical zoom and a pages-long list of advanced features, this is not a point-and-shoot but a serious camera that happens to be tiny and—most important for sailors—waterproof (to 33 feet). Don’t worry about spray or rain, dust, or the shock of being dropped. Automatic focus and lots of mode settings let you grab shots on the fly, but other features like smile-recognition, close-ups, HDMI video, and onboard editing give you all the power you need. Plus you can use it snorkeling and take lengthy videos underwater! Long-lasting battery allows hundreds of shots between charges. GPS model offers location-tagging. And a choice of colors.
Here are four great, useful products to enhance any boater’s galley.
Combining good looks and the rugged construction of new sailcloth, SailorBags totes and duffels are a perfect way to carry gear and clothing aboard your boat. The triple-layer bottom resists wear and tear, and the water-resistant exterior and waterproof internal liner combine with a zippered top and pockets to protect your things against all the elements. What sailor doesn't like the appearance of sailcloth and stitching? Plus they're guaranteed for life. Available in various sizes and shapes for every need. New sailcloth items include accessories like wine bags, computer bags, and iPad sleeves - making perfect less expensive gifts!
Probably the best sandals designed for boaters, the Keen Newport model is everything you could want in a boat shoe but with the cool comfort of a sandal. They have a sturdy, nonmarking sole that grips the deck wet or dry. They’re waterproof and comfortable after hours of wear. Best, and unlike most sandals, their design protects your toes from being stubbed when you’re moving quickly about on the boat. Available in several colors and men’s and women’s sizes. You’ll like them so much you’ll wear them everywhere!