Sunday, July 5, 2015

A question of sorts...

Go to any chandlery in France, Spain, Italy, or the UK and you're likely to find fully rigged handlines for sale not unlike this one...


Just the thing to troll behind your sailboat and catch fish with.

What's not to love? They're cheap at around $20, effective, and don't take up a lot of space on the boat,

Of course if you go to West Marine or some other American chandlery you're most likely to be confronted with something like this which, while it happens to be a fairly nice rod and reel combo, is not well suited for use aboard a sailboat and by the time you've bought all the required gear to make it work it will cost you right around $300 and it would still be the wrong tool for the job at hand.

So why doesn't West and other chandleries sell handlines?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Worth reading...

Because knots are important.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The best investment you can make...

... to up your spearfishing game.

Get the right fins.

Really. Fins designed for general snorkeling or scuba diving are ill suited for serious free diving or spearfishing at all. Sadly you see a lot of cruisers flail about trying to spearfish with the wrong fins and the operative word in this sentence is... T-R-Y-I-N-G.

Of course, the downside to real free diving fins is that they tend to be expenive starting around $200 and until recently any sub-$200 fins tended to be kinda funky.

Lucky for us that  both Neptonics and Mako (the places I tend to buy my gear from both have some good long fins for a whole lot less...

Neptonics has these Beuchats for around $90...

http://www.neptonicsystems.com/Cheap-Spearfishing-Fins.php

...and Mako has their Mako house brand for around $70.

http://www.makospearguns.com/Freedive-Hunter-Freediving-Fins-p/mfhff.htm

Either of which will seriously improve your spearfishing game.