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Sailing Gear Essentials – Pack this Sea-Tested Light for Sailing

Pack a sailing seabag and you’ll want to carry those essential items for sea. Here’s one handy piece of sailing gear that will free your hands, illuminate a chart at night, help you reef a sail on a starless night, or find a tool below in total darkness. Pass this one along to your sailing crew–wherever you sail or cruise!

Imagine that you are anchored in a crowded cove one dark and starless night. You awake from your slumber. No particular reason–just a subtle “tell” that seemed not quite right. You pull on a sweater and peak out of the starboard opening port to find the bright white light of your drag bearing. Something’s wrong! You see no light.

You dash up the companionway ladder and peer into the dark. You’re dragging anchor! You veer scope, but still feel the anchor rode vibrate and shudder–a sure sign that you are still dragging.

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About John Jamieson

I'm a 20+ year Coast Guard veteran, where I served as a search and rescue coxswain, ship driver and certified master training specialist, with tens of thousands of sea miles under my belt. I am a published maritime author, certified (by the CG) professional maritime instructor to teach up through 100 ton masters level licenses, a nationally certified sailing instructor, and a licensed captain under power or sail.

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