Our pigment-dyed and washed 100% cotton caps feel like your favorite old sailing cap the moment you put them on. The soft, unstructured hats feature the new Small Craft Advisor "Classic" logo embroidered on the front. One size fits most, with adjustable brass buckle. Available in four colors: Storm Grey, Shallow Water Blue, Sea Grass Green, and Burgandy Sunset. $14.95
We just recently learned about these so-called Smart Bottles—stout, puncture-resistant, double-walled plastic (BPA free) bottles that hold up to a gallon of liquid but can be rolled down to almost nothing when empty. They also feature grommets for hanging or securing in place, and integral handles and a screw cap spout for easy pouring. We can think of all kinds of potential uses for them on small boats—from water storage to showering, drinkable water ballast, etc. The manufacturer tested their Smart Bottles in a drop test from various heights. The 1-gal survived a 15 ft drop. Small-boat adventurer Howard Rice saw their utility at once and will be carrying six Smart Bottles on his voyage to Tierra del Fuego in his SCAMP.
Yet another addition to Spyderco’s non-rusting Salt Series knife line, the C118 Saver Salt. The blades found on all Salt Series models are made with an alloy called H-1. H-1 is non-rusting premium-performance steel that’s raising interest in fishing, boating and diving circles. Why? Because it cuts for extended amounts of time before needing sharpening and it can’t rust. H-1's edge retention compares to other high carbon knife steels but its most distinguishable characteristic is that its nitrogen based as opposed to carbon based. Carbon is the instigator in creating rust when it reacts to chloride. It’s also what makes a blade hard and stay sharp. Nitrogen also makes steel hard and edge retentive but it doesn’t react with chloride, so it cannot rust. Saver Salt’s Sheepfoot blade is rounded at the tip for cutting around inflatable watercraft, flesh and in emergencies. No pointed tip means no accidental puncturing. The blade is flat-saber-ground for cutting excellence in and out of water. The oversized 14mm Spyderco Round Hole works for opening/ closing even if hands are gloved, cold or wet. Available in marine yellow, the fiberglass reinforced nylon resin the handle comes textured with a grip-sticking waffle pattern. An ambidextrous tip-up pocket clip also houses a lanyard hole for a variety of carry possibilities. Please note that the clip on this knife is black.
Perfect for camp cruising, these windproof, waterproof fire starters will burn for 7 minutes each. The box holds 20 starters. Made from a sugarcane byproduct, the starters are a renewable biofuel. Ideal for paring with the Kelly Kettle and the FireSteel. This is the big box of 20, not the little box of 8 sold elsewhere. $5.99
Perfect to stow aboard your small boat. Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel® fire starter is a flash of genius. Its 2,980°C (5,400°F) spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude. Used by a number of armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel's dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen, and campers. It has also found its way into cabins and backyards as a foolproof way to light stoves and gas barbecues.
Reliable performance at all altitudes and in cold weather—2,980°C (5,400°F) spark.
Durable—lasts approximately 3,000 strikes.
Ignites all tinder and can be used for campfires, gas stoves, and gas barbecues.
Works equally well when wet.
Bright spark can be used as an emergency signal.
Regular columnist Emiliano “Raven” Marino—the Artful Sailor—has, to satisfy requests, had some very salty t-shirts made up with his new logo. Printed in Port Townsend, Washington.
Shirts are 100% cotton. Sizes large to XXL. Color only as pictured. $20.
Conveniently mounted below the tiller—it's out of the way but easy to access. No knobs to turn, no friction to fight, nothing to strip out or snap off. The Tiller Clutch is made from anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Simple on/off lever is easy to operate even in gloves. Easy to mount.
$75.95 for complete kit (Tiller Clutch, 12-foot control line, and mounting screws.)
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Even if you're covered in mud, sweat and sunblock, these Lunatec washcloths rinse clean every time. They also drip-dry in minutes and stay odor free. Perfect for a boat. Lathers great, exfoliates, never need to wash it. Sold as a two-pack.