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Sailing and Innovative Tech: Top Products Hit the Market for Caribbean Adventures

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SailForce, a Smart Electric Winch, Pushes the Limits.

Meet the advanced control system that allows total control of both winch speeds, high and low. “Hot humid conditions as in the Caribbean can lead to thunderstorms, posing challenges for sailors who need to quickly adjust their sails. The fast speed of SailForce’s electric winch provides an impressive 25% boost in velocity, while the slow speed excels at precise sail fine-tuning, trimming smoothly at 1.6 centimeters per second. Plus, the real-time line tension monitoring ensures a seamless sailing experience, even during those changing navigation conditions. of navigation,” says Tiffanie Schenone, communication and marketing director at Hyeres, Franch-headquartered, Ewincher. www.ewincher.com/en/

FlagGuard Keeps Kids Safe in the Water.

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Designed out of need from a near-miss experience, FlagGuard is a water safety product that attaches easily and securely to the back of a child’s life jacket. When they fall into the water, a bright orange flag automatically pops up over their head making them more visible to oncoming boats and their parents. When the user gets out of the water, the flag automatically retracts to its resting position where it sits until the user goes back into the water. “The Caribbean is a popular destination for tourists, and water activities are a significant part of the experience. FlagGuard can help benefit families that are on vacation by providing an additional layer of safety during water-based activities such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, sailing, jumping off boats and rafts, or any boat-related activities,” says Erin McLaughlin, founder. www.flagguard.net 

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Herreshoff 12 ½ ft Chesapeake Bay with Toplac Plus
Herreshoff 12 ½ ft Chesapeake Bay with Toplac Plus

AkzoNobel’s Interlux Launches Premium Top-side System.

Pre-Kote Plus and Toplac Plus are revolutionary tried and tested topside systems that are easy to apply and result in a long-lasting, high-gloss finish. Along with the easy application, Toplac Plus also has an enhanced UV package to improve the longevity of coating in all regions, including the Caribbean. There are currently 19 colors, with an additional five new North American- and Caribbean-only colors of Anthracite Gray, Boston Whaler Blue, Ice Blue, Sea Foam, and Sundown Buff, available in early 2024. www.interlux.com/en/us/

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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