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The winter holiday season is upon us. Many of you have put the boat away under cover or secured her at the dock for the long winter nap. This is the time to buy the ‘toy’ for the next seasons use!

Go2marine is your boats best friend! Not to be left out, we also carry products for your home – treasures for when you are away from the dock and longing for the water. Check out these great deals!

Handcrafted Model Ships & Boats

Free Shipping on Model Ships; set sail with the historic Bluenose or prepare yourself for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking with your own accurate ship model. From “Old Ironsides” to modern America’s Cup challengers and defenders, there is something for nearly every home or office.

Free Shipping on Select Weems and Plath; keep track of time, barometric pressure, temperature or tide with a quality built Weems and Plath Instrument. Manufactured of beautifully polished, solid cast brass, chrome or other fine metals with wood; there is a clock, barometer – or even a barograph – for a bulkhead, wall, mantle or desk in your life.

Ecofan 802 Airplus

On Sale, the Ecofan. Know someone with a wood or propane stove? The Ecofan is a great gift; it helps move air around and requires no electricity! The Ecofan makes its own electricity to run the fan from the heat of the stove. Simply set the fan on the stove and enjoy the principle of thermoelectric firsthand.

When you get back to your boat, you will really appreciate any of these items!

The Gill Clothing double deal! Free Shipping on select Gill clothing and if you order over $175 of Gill clothing you will also receive a free Gill Multitool. Prepare for the worst – dress with the best! Gill clothing had been in every ocean on the planet, subjected to some truly challenging environments and is regarded the as the sailors* favorite clothing. – *you can see them being worn on land as well!

AccuSat 406 EPIRB

Stay found with a new EPIRB. The AccuSat 406 EPIRB, Class 2 with a Non-Hazmat Battery can be shipped nearly anywhere and coded for your vessel and country or origin. 406 EPIRB’s are what the USCG recommends for all offshore mariners to use.  The GME Accusat 406 can make the difference between being found or drifting for 12 days.

Someone just too tough too buy for? The perfect gift is a Go2marine Gift Certificate.

“Really?” – You don’t even need to come out on deck to order! We have shipped to over 165 countries. Order on-line and have your item shipped to you before Christmas.

Visit our Holiday Gift Ideas section for more gift choices.

Merry Christmas from the Staff of Go2marine.

Family Boating Fun

It is half way through the 2010 summer boating season and Go2marine wants you to stay safe. Here are some reminders of safe water and boating rules. The first rule of boating is to stay aboard and not have an accident. The second rule is PFDs are the key to survival when in the water.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the USCG offer these tips for safe boating and play in the water.

  1. Don’t Swim Alone: Do not allow children to swim without an adult. Even adults should never swim alone. It is best to swim with others. In a pool, swim at a depth that is safe for you. If you’re just learning to swim, stay in the shallow end. Keep in mind that swimming at night increases all risks.
  2. Follow Regulations: If you are at a public pool or beach, follow all regulations and lifeguard directions. Depth markers are important. You should never dive into shallow water. Additionally, if there is not a lifeguard on duty, you should take extra safety precautions.
  3. Learn to Swim and Boat: If you have a pool, or your family takes part in water activities, it is very important that you know how to swim. Learning basic swimming and boating techniques can save lives. Check with your local YMCA or community pool for information on swimming lessons from a certified swimming instructor. Most States and the USCG Auxiliary offer safe boating courses.
  4. Safety Equipment: It is important to keep rescue equipment by the pool or on your boat. PFDs – Life preservers and life jackets should be easy to access in case of an emergency. Additionally, adults and teens should know CPR. Statistics show that when CPR is performed, it improves the outcome for drowning victims.
  5. PFDs – Flotation Vests: When boating, you should wear a US Coast Guard-approved flotation vest, regardless of your swimming abilities. Even while wading in the ocean, at the lake or in a river, it is recommended to wear a personal flotation device; and is especially important for inexperienced swimmers and children. Remember, water wings, noodles, inner tubes and rafts should never take the place of an approved PFD.
  6. Designated Areas: Swim only at designated beaches or in swimming areas marked with buoys that keep boaters, water skiers and jet skiers away. If you cross these buoys, you run the risk of not being seen by boaters, and you could potentially be injured. Additionally, rip currents, tides and water depths may be deterrent the farther out you swim. Remember, designated swimming areas are the safest place to swim. 
  7. Don’t Drink* and Swim: At times, your swimming activities may also include a family BBQ or picnic. However, it is important to remember that alcohol and water sports don’t mix. Your chances of drowning or becoming injured increase greatly when under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, many beaches do not allow alcoholic beverages.
  8. Surf Conditions: Ask a lifeguard about surf conditions before swimming in the ocean. Rip tides are dangerous and can catch even the best swimmers off guard. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. Once you are free of the current, swim toward the shore. Rip currents can be recognized as water that is discolored, choppy, foamy or filled with debris and moving in a channel away from the shore. Report any hazardous conditions to the lifeguard on duty.
  9. Warning Flags: Beaches post warning flags to alert swimmers of the day’s conditions. Be sure to check these flags before entering the water.

The USCG has enforced a nation wide crackdown on bow riding. One of the most likely ways to get killed or maimed on a boat is to ride on the front, or bow, U.S. Coast Guard officials warned while announcing a crackdown on the practice. Even having on a life vest may not help the person who falls overboard, officials said, since the boat’s hull and the propeller can pose serious and immediate threats of injury.

Speaking to the Washington Post, USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Henise said compared the practice of riding on the front of a boat to riding on a car’s hood. “Would you put your child on the hood of your car and ride around?” he asked rhetorically.

The top five contributing factors to the accidents included boat operator inattention and inexperience, excessive speed, improper lookout and alcohol consumption. The report states that *alcohol consumption “continues to be of major concern” in fatal accidents, and was the leading factor in 16 percent of deaths.

In addition, a full 86 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had not received boat safety instruction.

Bay Sailing

Some sobering statistics to ponder, did you know that:

  • Swimming is the third most popular recreational activity in the US.
  • Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning.
  • According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents cause approximately 100 deaths annually in the United States.
  • According to the USCG, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children younger than the age of 15.
  • The CDC also estimates an average of 10 people — adults or children — drown every day in this country.
  • 92% of children who survive a drowning are discovered within two minutes following submersion, and 86% children who die are found after 10 minutes.
  • A total of 4,730 accidents recorded by the Coast Guard in 2009 caused 736 deaths, over 3,300 injuries and about $36 million in property damage.

Enjoy yourself, take your time and wear a PFD while boating. Play safe, know how to swim and have a buddy when in the water. Complete a safe boating course whether you are a new or long time boater.

In parting, here is something you can do to prevent the other common ‘fall overboard’ situation.

Free Shipping on Inflatable PFDs*

Our most popular inflatable PFDs are now shipped to you FREE*.

Inflatable Life Vests, Jackets (PFDs)

Inflatable PFDs come with a number of features that help tailor the vests design to the end-user. The primary choices to be made are between the manual or automatic / manual inflation system. Automatic / Manual inflation systems work when the PFD is submerged in water (not spray) and they also use the manual pull cord as a backup to inflate the PFD in situations where you want it already inflated before getting into the water. A Manual only system is useful for water sports like kayaking or canoeing where you might get wet, but do not want the PFD to fill on its own. The downside to a manual only system is that it will not inflate unless you pull the cord. All inflatables come with some sort of oral inflation tube that will supplement the manual or automatic / manual system.

Inflatable PFDs are also available with or without a harness system. If you are in an enviroment where you might be washed off a boat, as in cruising offshore, you will want a harness so that you may secure yourself to the boat.

One size fits all – well almost. You will need to be 16 and a minimum of 80 pounds to wear an inflatable PFD. The Coast Guard also takes the position that non-swimmers should not wear this type of PFD.

Guide to Inflatable Lifejackets and Vests – PFDs.

* May not be combined with any other codes or promotions. Inflatable PFDs are shipped ground to the lower 48 States. Applies to most of our popular inflatable PFDs, but not all.

Sospenders - Inflatable Life Jackets PFD Personal Flotation Devices

Sospenders - Inflatable Life Jackets PFD Personal Flotation Devices

Sospenders Inflatable Lifejackets (Personal Flotation Devices – PFDs) allow freedom of movement, are lightweight and comfortable, and provide maximum buoyancy so that boaters can safely enjoy most water-based activities.  Stearns SOSpenders inflatable lifejackets/PFDs are U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Whether you are sailing, fishing, paddling, boating, or hunting, SOSpenders Life Jackets (PFDs) are a great choice, without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement.  Sospenders are not designed for personal watercraft, white water paddling, or towed activities.

You can find SOSpenders life vests (PFD)s at Go2marine.com. SOSpenders are recommended for recreational usage and have USCG ratings ranging from Type III to Type V (depending on the vest). 

New for Fall 2008 in the lineup of quality foul weather and outdoor gear made by Grundens is the Weather Boss jacket and parka with matching pant. 

Weather Boss Jacket

Weather Boss Jacket

Grundens developed this line of outdoor wear to address the growing requirement for quality and function in other types of protective clothing. This functional, good-looking jacket and parka is made from a 500 denier nylon that is coated on the inside with a waterproof, breathable barrier.  The taped seams eliminate water penetration through the stitching. Extremely waterproof to 10,000 mm and breathable rated at 5,000 mvp; this gear will prove to be a favorite choice for comfortable outdoor wear.  

This jacket and parka feature an attached three-piece adjustable hood with adjustment for height and concealed draw cords; light weight mesh lining with two internal pockets, snug fitting inner cuff with a handy velcro adjustment on the outer cuff, two exterior handwarmer pockets and an exterior “napoleon” pocket with a water resistant zipper. The outer handwarmer pockets are actually double pockets; the inner pocket has a zipper closure to stash items that need more security and protection, i.e., keys and cell phones.  The jacket is waist length and the parka is thigh length. 

Weather Boss Parka

Weather Boss Parka

Both the pant and jacket are available in sizes from XS to 5X.  The jacket and parka are available in black or brown, the pant is available in black only.  The Weather Boss pant has elastic suspenders that are easily removed, two deep handwarmer pockets with zipper enclosures, and two cargo pockets with velcro enclosures, internal gators on each pant leg for a snug fit around boots and leg zippers for easy entry and exit without having to remove shoes or boots. The pant also features double reinforced knees with pockets that can be filled with the optional Grundéns foam knee pads, which are sold separately.  This great work wear is designed for people who want no nonsense, no glitz gear that does exactly what it is designed to do.

 

Weather Boss Pant

Weather Boss Pant

Grundens protective clothing is best known for its rugged performance within the commercial marine industry.  As seen on the popular reality show “Deadliest Catch”, the men and women who have one of the riskiest jobs in the world use Grundens workwear.  They depend on the garments they wear to keep them warm and dry, even in the most difficult and harshest conditions the high seas have to offer.
 

 

Since 1926, Grundéns has produced the very best foulweather protection, constructed with the highest quality materials and workmanship.  Grundens products are continually tested in the toughest laboratory known to man – outdoor, by hardworking men and women, often in extreme weather.

 

 

 

Nick Gill has written the following comprehensive article to help you select the proper gear if you are participating in the Newport – Bermuda race. However the information is valuable for any sailing adventure.

I became involved in the technical sailing clothing business back in 1975 because at the time there was so little choice, particularly for the competitive dinghy sailor. Thirty years on things have gone to the other extreme, there is literally so much choice, from so many brands that chances are you will end up confused on what is right for you. The danger is you will leave the decision making for another year and end up cold wet and uncomfortable.

A few key headline points to consider which emphasize the need to have the right clothing.

  • Being cold and wet makes you tire easily and reduces your reaction time
  • With the right choice you should never have to be cold again
  • Cotton clothing absorbs moisture and up to 25% of its own weight, once it is wet it will stay wet for the duration
  • Wet or damp materials transfers heat 20 times quicker than dry fabrics do
  • Cotton should remain onshore and be replaced by technical quick dry polyester materials

Conditions

The race can begin in cold and windy conditions, and end in the sweltering heat and light airs, and probably most things in between. Night sailing is always a lot colder and depending on the size of boat could be between three and six days. These diverse conditions mean your kit bag will need a wide range of gear.

Layering – A Personal Climate Control System

I believe it is best to look at your options in terms of layers. Hot or cold, the layering system makes enormous sense and functions as your personal climate control system.

The Base Layer is vital.
One of its main purposes is to keep you dry next to the skin and it does this by wicking moisture away from the body. In an hour of moderate exercise the body gives off half a liter of water – it has to go somewhere – and if you are wearing cotton it literally absorbs the water much like blotting paper. Once wet or even damp, it will transfer heat from your body 20 times faster than dry fabric. Remember that sailing is a sport where you can be sitting still for long periods then along comes a sail change or requirement to put a reef in and all hell breaks loose for a few minutes. You then sit down again. If you are wearing cotton clothing next to the skin it will absorb the moisture and suck the heat out of your body, leaving you feeling cold and clammy and tired.

Base Layer Options

For the cooler part of the journey I recommend Gill i2 Lite. There are many choices of long or short sleeve, Crew Neck or Zip Polo as well as Leggings and Boxer Shorts. Don’t forget the boxers as damp cotton underwear is no fun!

For warmer conditions, Gill has introduced technical long and short sleeve shirts. They are very fast drying, highly wicking and have a UV SPF 50 sun protection factor, essential for the latter part of the ARC rally. This new Technical Apparel range has a natural feel, is not tight fitting and is very comfortable for long periods.

The key elements of the Technical Apparel range are;

  • Fast Drying
  • Fast Wicking
  • UV Protection to SPF 50
  • A Natural Feel

All garments adhere to these principals and also feature a water repellent finish so water beads off rather than soaks in. However warm and dry it is on a boat it is inevitable there will be damp decks and spray around at times.

The Mid Layer is the insulation or thermostat control.
Just as Gill has a simple classification system for durability of the outer layer fabrics, our base and mid layers also have a straightforward classification system. It is known as the i37 body temperature regulating system – 37 degrees centigrade being the natural body temperature. The i series goes from i2 to i5 increasing in warmth as you go up the scale.

Gill Mid-Layer Options

i3 Micro Fleece Mid Layer: A lightweight fleece. This is a super soft and close fitting fleece providing warmth without bulk and comes in a top and trousers. In predominantly mild conditions but with cooler nights it is ideal under foul weather gear.

i4 Fleece Mid Layer: This range is made in Polartec Classic 200 mid weight fleece and is available in a Zip Jacket, Zip Smock and Salopettes. It is slim fitting and flat seamed which is ideal as a mid layer and for wearing under the outer layer. As with all technical fleeces the i4 is quick drying. I particularly recommend the i4 Salopettes, as these are great to sleep in too.

i5 Shelled Mid Layers: I believe the ultimate mid-layer is the Crosswind Jacket and Crosswind Salopettes. The outer layer is a lightweight waterproof laminated fabric. It is highly breathable. The insulation is an ultra compact material giving exceptional warmth without bulk. It is hydrophobic (water hating) meaning it can still keep you warm when wet. Combine these materials with a taffeta lining and the garments become so easy to slip on unlike a fleece lined garment. An added bonus is the garment has taped seams and can be worn on it’s own in moderate conditions.

Another relatively new concept is Gill Softshell. A sandwiched lamination of different materials giving warmth, wind and water resistance with stretch, giving appareled comfort in sailing wear. The Gill Softshell race jacket and pants are perfect as a mid layer or in warmer conditions as an outer layer.

The Outer Layer is the protection.
There are three suitable options in the Gill range depending how much you want to spend. Regardless of which you select, you will need a Jacket and Chest High Trousers.

The main difference between the garment options is the height of the collar and the durability of the materials. There are two types of material available, 2-layer and 3-layer.

2-Layer Fabric is generally lighter and because the coating is unprotected requires a lining in the garment. It is also less expensive and slightly less durable.

3-Layer fabrics are a sandwich with the waterproof membrane in the middle. The outer fabric gives the texture and the abrasion and snag resistance whereas the inner is a scrim and this protects the coating from wear and tear. Our 3-layer garments are the most durable, do not need a lining but are also more expensive owing not just to the fabric cost (more than 50% higher) but also the taping costs both in materials and labor.

Outer Layer Options

Key West: Our most suitable 2-layer garment is the Key West Coastal Offshore Jacket and Trousers. It is mid-weight, packed with features, has a collar that ends just at the top of the ears and is the most suitable suit for a wide range of conditions. If most of your sailing is coastal cruising with the occasional offshore passage, then Key West will do the job. It is reasonably priced, comes in Unisex and women’s specific sizing and the women’s trousers have a very useful drop seat.

Atlantic: As its name implies, the Atlantic is perfect for the job. It is made using a 3-layer fabric, heavier and more durable and it has a much higher collar. If you do a fair amount of offshore sailing and the occasional race then this would be my recommendation. Atlantic is made in our 5-dot Ocean grade fabric and was restyled for 2006.

Ocean Racer: If budget is less of an issue there is the Ocean Racer Jacket combining the superb features of the Atlantic suit but with many innovative design systems that reduce weight and improve the garment breathability but without sacrificing performance.

This is achieved by material selection; reducing flaps and overlays to a minimum and a cut that makes the garment so comfortable to wear. This is the range that Gill developed during the last Volvo Ocean Race with the crew of Illbruck, the overall winner. The performance to weight ratio was key to them.

Hands and Feet.
The most common injuries on boats are to the hands and feet. Stubbing your toe because you don’t have shoes on is one thing but slipping and ending up overboard is quite another.

Footwear Options

Last year Gill launched a new shoe called the “Gripper”. As the name implies, the grip is outstanding. We test all our footwear on a slip rig at an independent footwear testing house. It tests in wet and dry conditions, on varnished wood and glass fibre decking – the latter was something I had to supply as it was not in their usual manual! The slip resistance on the shoe went off the scale and surpassed anything we had tested before. It is achieved through a very soft rubber compound and a flexible sole. The sole is also very flat on the ground so you feel very secure as it literally wraps around the deck.

Glove Options

Gloves are also important, not just to protect from rope burn but also from getting fingers caught or trapped. There are many options but I would strongly recommend long finger gloves. The Gill Pro-Glove is probably the toughest on the market using a material known as Proton Ultra as opposed to the thinner Amara.

I cannot say that I have done the Newport-Bermuda race, but who knows one day I may get the opportunity. If I did this is what I would take from what I guess some people would see as an envious amount of choice. A mere 50,000 pieces of technical sailing clothing just a few feet away from me at any one time.

Gill Sailing GearStarted in 1975 Gill Sailing Gear was created with the idea that you could make sailing wear that would keep you warm and dry at a reasonable cost. Since then Gill has become one of the most respected and desired names in the sailing world.With their layering guide and dot system, it’s easy to find exactly what you need to keep you warm and protected no matter what the weather.

Gill’s Layering Guide:

Base Layer: This layer worn next to the skin is designed to move moisture out, away from your skin. Keeps you warm by moving the moisture created from bursts of energy away from the body. Also insulates you during especially cold days.

Gill’s Base Layer at Go2marine.com

Mid Layer: This layer is the primary insulating layer, to be worn over the base layer but below the protective outer layer. Made of synthetic fibers that do not absorb water it will keep you warm. Gill has different fabric weights to choose from depending on personal preference and weather conditions.

Gill’s Mid Layer at Go2marine.com 

Gill Coast Sport JacketOuter or Protective Layer: Created purely to keep the elements out. This layer does not have any insulating properties, however it will prevent the wind and water from entering those important mid and base layers. In order to work most efficiently, the fabric is breathable to allow moist air that builds up inside escape. 

Gill’s Outer Layer at Go2marine.com 

To further ensure you stay warm, dry and comfortable, Gill has built a selection of footwear, hats and accessories. Footwear styles include breathable, waterproof leather boots, neoprene shoes and rubber gripper boots.

Gill’s Footwear at Go2marine.com