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Set Sail with Kaenon Sunglasses

Thursday, June 26, 2014
By Art Vasenius 

Summer is here and the sun is shining! Now is the perfect time to get some great Kaenon sunglasses to protect your eyes and still look fashionable on the high seas.

Kaenon Jetty Black

                  With Kaenon Jetty sunglasses, you will have the authentic look of Kaenon sunglasses with the rectangular shape and smooth lines along with the great quality Kaenon is known for. This frame is made for extreme sporting use but looks great for everyday use. Furthermore, these sunglasses are for both men and women with nose pads that will fit most wearers comfortably and securely. The Kaenon Jetty sunglasses are available for prescription and polarized lenses and come with a hard case and cleaning bag.



Kaenon Kanvas

                  Kaenon Kanvas sunglasses offers the classic Kaenon sunglass feel with the superior technology of today. When you wear the Kaenon Kanvas sunglasses, you will never lose sight of the picturesque sunrise that you are sailing towards because of the no-glare vision that they offer. These sunglasses have a secure fit to your temples so when you hoist anchor and set sail in even not the best sailing conditions, your sunglasses won’t fall off.



Kaenon Klay

                  Get ready to have a voyage and never miss a thing with the Kaenon Klay sunglasses. They are designed to keep all the elements out of your eyes in the most extreme weather while still being comfortable to wear on all your adventures. The Klay sunglasses are offered in four different colors with polarized and non-polarized lenses. With these sunglasses, nothing will pass you by!



Check out all our Kaenon sunglasses that we have to offer and remember that adventure your is out there!


Five Learn to Sail Programs for Kids

Monday, June 23, 2014

Teaching a child to sail will not only get them active this summer, but can teach them things that they will carry with them through life. In addition, sailing teaches self-confidence, gives them a sense of direction and offers them a sense of spatial awareness. The following five programs across the U.S. were designed with children in mind.

Clearwater Community Sailing CenterClearwater, FL- Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC)              
The CCSC offers tons of different sailing programs for kids. One that we would recommend would be the O’pen Bic Team. ThiThe CCSCs program is wonderful because it allows kids from ages 8 to 14 to really delve into the world of racing. The O’pen Bic boats are designed for easier handling for kids so they can really get out on the open water and let loose.

Boston, MA-
Community Boating Inc. (CBI)
Community Boating Inc. is the oldest, continually running sailing school in the nationsince 1946. Their owners believe their success drives from their needs to help their community. Sailing can be costlyand CBI helps to reduce the economic strain by offering sailing programs at very reasonable rates. Their Junior Sailing Program is run on a sliding scale and students can even apply for scholarships with CBI. One of the most amazing things that they offer is that all kids who take part in the program is that when they are not in a class, they can go and join in on open sailing free of charge.

Charleston, SC-
Charleston Community Sailing (CCS)

Charleston Community Sailing offers programs for children starting at the age of five. The Guppy Program was specially designed to teach younger kids how to feel comfortable on boats and around large amounts of water. The children participate in activities that include arts and crafts and games that teach safety and confidence through sailing. Beginner Sailing is a wonderful program for students who are ready to get out on the Water. CSS uses new Open BIC boats that gives sailors of all ages new freedoms on the water. 

Long Beach, CA-
United States Sailing Center (USSC)

For one week your child can be immersed in the Kids Sailing Camps in Long Beach. USSC has proven to teach children the fundamentals of sailing. In groups, with their instructor of course, they’ll sail Alamitos Bay. After the week, the kids graduate from their programs among their new friends and family members.

Newport Beach, CA-
The School of Sailing and Seamanship

Newport Beach, CA- The School of Sailing and SeamanshipThe Junior Summer Program offers skills and sailing tips that kids will carry with them for a lifetime. A key feature that The School of Sailing and Seamanship offers is that the staff that teaches and guides the children are all US Sailing certified instructors who make learning fun on and off the water.




All of these programs offer so much for young sailors this summer so hoist your anchors and dive right into sailing. Make sure to browse our selection of One Design boats that are great for sailing for those of all ages.  

 

New Products Available: Magic Marine Clothing & Gear

Monday, June 23, 2014

As a Magic Marine Dealer, we get to offer the Magic Marine sailing clothing and gear you desire. I’m excited to announce that a few new products recently came in, just in time for summer. We now offer the PU hooded sweatshirt, ultimate boot, tool bag, and protector pants.

PU Hooded Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt comes in handy on chilly, windy, and even rainy days. It has a windproof insulation layer with fleece lining to keep users’ extra warm.

 

Ultimate Boot

We believe they are called the ‘Ultimate Boot’ because they give users ultimate support – 5mm. In addition, this sailing boot’s reinforced instep provides users with superior ankle strength.

Tool Bag

Every sailboat needs this tool bag. It carefully holds all tools for sailing boats along with other must have tools for sailing.

Protector Pants

These pants are built to increase comfort from hard surfaces and edges when racing. They have an m-flex 30 percent stretch and lightweight neoprene. Their durable powertex prevent wear and tear on sailing boots.

 

Shop Magic Marine, at Sailing Pro Shop.

 

-- Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

 

Tips for a Good Fit: Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

Monday, June 09, 2014
By Art Vasenius 
Your boat is calling your name to set sail and enjoy this amazing summer. But before you hoist anchors, make sure you get all your safety equipment and sailing gear in order.

Spinlock Personal Flotation Device (PFD)No one wants unsightly tan lines and with the Spinlock Deckvest, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Spinlock’s personal flotation devices (PFDs) are light and airy. Cumbersome life jackets are a thing of the past because these PFDs are compact and are shaped to fit the user’s body in a simple yet stylish shape. You will still be able to enjoy all your water activities and feel safe with these PFDs because not only do they have a pleasant fit and are compressed in size, but they are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

I personally use my Spinlock gear often. I have peace of mind knowing my PFD will be there for me.

But how do you know which personal flotation device is right for you? Here are a few tips to help make sure you purchase the right PFD for your body:

1. You will be sized by your chest and not your weight. Your PFD should fit snugly but give you enough breathing room so you can still move.  

2. Make sure you have the correct buoyancy for your body. You can test the buoyancy while wearing your personal flotation device while in water and tilting your head back. Breath nice and easy and your chin should still be above the water. Basic rule of thumb is that if your mouth is not above the water, you need more buoyancy but remember it will be very different in different kinds of water.  The fact is the more in shape and physically fit your body is, you will require more buoyancy.  

3. Don’t forget those extra necessities you may need at a moment’s notice such as a knife or whistle so you may want to choose a PFD with tabs or pockets.

 
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