This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North.

» Gill Front or Side Zip PFD

The new Gill USCG approved Front or Side Zip PFD is designed with dinghy and sport boat sailing in mind, which demands unrestricted freedom of movement while maintaining maximum comfort. While geared towards sailors, the vests are also perfect for kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and fishing. Sizes range from child to adult small through XXL, and feature several adjustment points to provide a superb fit. Made of 100% Nylon and PE foam, the vests are a Type III approved design, come in four colors, and each style includes a front zippered pocket with mesh drainage.

Price: $98.95-125.00 |




» Torqeedo Travel 603

A new addition to Torqeedo’s lineup of ‘Travel’ lightweight electric outboards, the 603 is specifically designed for small sailboats and dinghies. Equivalent to a 2 hp gas-powered outboard, the short-shaft motor weighs in at 34 pounds — including its battery — and is ultra-quiet, clean and compact. The Travel 603’s solar-chargeable 500 watt-hour lithium-ion battery provides enough power for 5-1/2 hours of cruising at slow speeds. An onboard computer with GPS reports charging status, operating range, and other critical information, and can also be viewed on an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.

Price: $2,000 |




» Harken MKIV Ocean Furlers

Always the innovator, Harken recently introduced their new lineup of MKIV Ocean furlers, which come in three sizes that can be configured in an unlimited number of foil lengths. Designed and constructed with the same quality of their renowned MKIV Racing furlers, the new Ocean series is specifically configured for cruising sailors and a variety of vessel sizes. Known for their performance and reliability, the MKIV series is engineered with strength, longevity, and ease of use in mind, at a price point that doesn’t break the bank. All MKIV furlers are made of hardcoat-anodized aluminum, UV-stabilized for durability, and include multiple rows of Torlon® ball bearings to minimize friction and make pulling the furling line a less physical experience. The bearings require no lubrication for easy maintenance and the foil has a single groove for a jib or genoa.

Price: Starting at $1,762.99 |