Cruising Gear

There is a vast array of gear out there available to coastal and offshore sailors.  Below is a list of gear and suppliers compiled from my experiences, the experiences of fellow sailors and reputable industry feedback. To make the list, the gear must be eco-conscious* and lead the industry in three categories:

  • Usability:  gear you will use
  • Durability:  gear that lasts
  • Good international customer service

Top Gear and Suppliers:

  • Circumnavigating Low Key - A good book ;)
  • Winch Wench - An extra hand in the cockpit
  • Rescue Tape - Your at-sea fix-all savior
  • Super Siphon - Fill fuel from jugs at sea.  This changed deliveries for us
  • Gill - Foul weather gear. Top rated offshore foulies. My impression
  • Mastervolt - Finally.  Electric Motors and Lite Batteries for Boats!!
  • Kyocera Solar - Quality solar for boat and home
  • Hydrocoat - Bottom paint without all the pollution
  • KTI - FilterBoss Commander. The ultimate fuel filter system
  • Sea Tech - Computer navigation and communication
  • Prism - Metal polish for your cruiser
  • Mas Epoxy - Epoxy and biodegradable acetone. Ingenious
  • Hot Wire - Kiss wind generator. Once around on Low Key
  • Garhauer - Blocks, Travellers, Purchases. Renowned customer service for cruisers
  • Spectra - Watermakers. The most efficient
  • Icom - Radios. VHF's and SSB's. When you need the best
  • Glacier Bay - Vacuum panel ice box insulation and electric drive system. Eco!
  • Whale - Foot pumps for pumping salt and fresh water. Save your fresh
  • Jabsco - Heads that are low maintenance
  • Davis - Body wash/shampoo solution. Biodegradable and lathers in salt water
  • Ferris Power - Wind, solar and 12v gensets
  • Imtra - Soft tanks, windlasses
  • PYI - Max Props. Feathering for efficient sailing
  • Pelican - Waterproof boxes to preserve your gear
  • Yanmar - Quality replacement diesel auxilliaries
  • Polartec - Under foulie fleeces from recycled material
  • Thetford Marine - The best boat cleaners that happen to be eco-friendly
  • REI - Cleaner source for outdoor gear
  • ClampTite Tool - Make your own hoseclamps and secure stuff
  • Smartshield Sunblock - Finally, sunblock that works in the tropics. Natural and made in US

Top Services:

Newer stuff we have high hopes for. Let us know your experiences with these products:


*Eco value: how an item stacks up against its competitors environmentally including how and where it is produced and whether the item's use promotes conservation of resources and leaving a clean wake.

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