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Spotlight On Sperry Sailing Shoes & Boots

Monday, September 30, 2013

Every sailor needs a pair or two of reliable sailing shoes and boots. In this blog post, we’re taking a close look at a pair of Sperry Sea Racer Shoes, the Sperry Top Sider Grip X3 Boot, and the Sperry Top Sider SeaHiker Waterproof Boot.

Sperry SeaRacer Shoe

As the official footwear of the U.S. Sailing Team, Zodiac Academy, the World Billfish Series, and the Shimano Fishing Tour, these shoes are reliable. One of our customers said “they help keep my legs steady. I think that’s due to the sticky outside of the shoe. I never worry about slipping on deck when I have them on.” What this customer is referring to is the shoe’s Hydro-Grip Rubber – a sticky outsole for maximum on-deck traction. These shoes also have Adaptive Wave Siping that disperses water underfoot which reduces slippage. They are complete with a full surface grab and grip for allaround performance. These shoes can also easily be wore over a dry suit because they have shoelaces that can easily be adjusted. I’ve also noticed that these shoes are pretty light. More information >>

Sperry Top Sider Grip X3

This sailing boot remains one of our best sellers, for obvious reasons. It’s comfortable, has ultimate traction, and offers overall great foot and ankle protection. The sole is flexible and sturdy. Its built-in GripX3 Technology delivers 360-degree traction for a more confident sailing experience in spring, summer, fall, and even winter. While I don’t recommend wearing this boot barefoot in the winter, you certainly could if you had to, as it’s a warm boot. More information >>

Sperry SeaHiker Boot GripX3

One of the first things I noticed about this sailing boot when I first tried it on was the zipper closure the boot has on its side. It’s an easy boot to get on and off. When you’re sailing on a dinghy or a big boat, you need maximum traction for peak performance. This boot offers that, as it includes GripX3 Technology, similar to the Sperry Top Sider above. The boot’s Hydro-Grip Rubber gives you that extra stability. The boot is also pretty flexible. More information >>

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WeatherFlow Wind Meter Review

Friday, September 20, 2013
We’re excited to announce – we’re now carrying a new sailing accessory – the WeatherFlow Wind Meter. We let a couple of our friends try it out and they gave the product glowing reviews.


The WeatherFlow Wind Meter is an anemometer that fits in your pocket. In fact, it attaches right to your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or major Android device and it’s easy to use. Just attach it to your smartphone and download one of its FREE apps for iOS or Android. It’s ideal for use by the general wind and weather-addicted sailor. While it’s not a scientific instrument, it’s designed to be better than any other handheld and pocket anemometer in the market. With an operating range that extends from 2 mph to over 125 mph, our reviewers have found it to be a valuable sailing accessory.

“I love that it’s compact and easy to use.” – Mike S., Newport Beach, CA
“A great product at a great price.” – Karen W., Anaheim, CA
“Easy to set up, easy to take readings. Love that I can take readings and easily share them with my friends on social media.” – Gary B., Tustin, CA

For more information or to order your product,  visit our website.

Gill Marine Gear Worth Checking Out

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hello readers, Art here — I’ve recently been getting asked a lot about our Gill marine gear. Several customers have asked me what my favorite products are and which I recommend. I have several which include a Gill PFD jacket, Gill trousers, and a Gill jacket. In no particular order, here’s what they are and why I recommend them.

  1. The Gill Side Buoyancy is first and foremost, US Coast Guard approved, which is always a big plus in my book. This PFD Jacket gives its user a lot of freedom to move around while still remaining comfortable. Also, it has a more unique design than many other PFDs.

  2. The Gill Wash Bag is plain and simple — just a really great bag. Two qualities I value most in a bag are whether or not it can fit all my things and how durable it is. This bag is both spacious and tough. Check and check. It’s not too big but is big enough to fit everything I need for a night out.

  3. In many areas, the weather is starting to get cold. The Gill i3 Polarclava is a great piece to have as temperatures decrease. It’s bound to keep your head and neck warm without being too bulky. Plus, it’s wind resistant and flexible. It can be used as a full balaclava or simply for keeping your neck warm.

  4. Another piece of sailing gear that is great to have with you on sailing trips as the weather gets colder is the Gill Pro Salopettes (Trousers). While it’s not going to keep you as warm as the Gill i3 Polarclava, it does a good job at protecting its users from wind and water. You can utilize its adjustable Velcro ankle closure for full weather protection.

  5. The Gill OS1 Jacket in my opinion is one of the best jackets in the market for bad weather conditions. Coupled with a fleece lined channel and ocean height collar with high, wrap-around faceguard, it’s bound to keep you warm. Plus, it’s durable and waterproof while breathable at the same time.

What are some of your favorites? Share them with me on our Facebook page.



Sailing Terms Worth Knowing

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hello curious sailors. Whether you’re new to sailing or have been sailing for years, there are some sailing terms that you should know, and some that you may want to know for kicks. Grow your sailing smarts with these terms. Important terms have an asterisk in front of them.

Ahoy: Ahoy basically means “hello”. It’s used to greet or say goodbye to other sailors. Sometimes it’s used as a way to get attention.

*Aloof: To steer clear.

Bagglywrinkle: A soft covering for obstructions to help reduce damage to sails. 

*Buoy: Pictured below is what a buoy – an anchored floating device may look like. Buoys are often used as navigation marks or to signal hazards.

*Bow: The front of the boat.

Castaway: You may have heard this term before from the 2000 movie Cast Away. Castaway in terms of sailing simply means “a discarded person”.

Escutcheon: A plate on a boat where the boat’s name is written.

*Helm: The helm has to do with steering the boat. It’s a boat’s steering mechanism.

*Jibe: A type of sailing maneuver. Changing the direction of the boat and bringing it through the wind.

*Point of Sail: The point of sail is known as the sailing position. 

*Stern: The back of the boat.

*Tack: This is an important term that has two meanings: to change direction specifically by turning the boat through the wind and the course you are on relative to the wind, as the ASA defines it.

For even more terms, visit the American Sailing Association’s article Sailing Terms Everyone Should Know.

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