5 Essential Sailboat Gears & Sailing Equipment You Need

DailyStoke Team

When you’re planning for offshore sailing, ensure you have the right equipment with you. Don’t over pack luggage, but make sure that you have the necessary sailboat gear with you.

Dailystoke.com guides you through the essential sailboat gear and equipment that you need when sailing.

  • Harness
  • Sailboat Compass (Wind Shift Indicator)
  • Practical Saling Watch
  • Personal Flotation Device
  • A knife


A good harness is necessary to keep you safe on the water. The Neil Pryde Elite is a perfect harness to keep you feeling secure throughout your expedition. Some even say they don’t realize they’re wearing the Elite it’s that comfortable, and it also has a fully padded upper back panel. The Neil Pryde Elite costs $172.15 (£150).

Sailboat Compass (Wind Shift Indicator)

When you’re out at sea, it’s imperative to have the correct compass with you. The Velocitek Shift and wind indicator has all that’s required for smooth sailing. It has a nine-axis sensor to provide the most accurate boat reading. The compass is waterproof and has a racing timer. The Velocitek Shift Compass costs $672.63.

Practical Sailing Watch

You need to have a watch while sailing. The Optimum Time Series 14R Vibrating Alarm is a water-resistant watch that keeps you on time, and the vibrating feature helps you hear the timer even when you’re underwater. This watch comes in a variety of colors and costs $96.68. Read our earlier article on other sailing watches.

Personal Flotation Device

A personal flotation device (PFD) is very important to ensure your survival while sailing in bad conditions. The Spinlock Deckvest Lite 170N won’t give you tan lines as it’s lightweight and not cumbersome. It has a water-activated LED light that comes in handy when night hits. The Spinlock Deckvest Lite 170N will cost you between $199.00 and $223.94.

A knife

It’s crucial to have a knife while sailing because you never know when its need may arise. The Gill Titanium Red Tool will be a perfect match and costs only $39.95. It comes in different colors and sizes and is very easy to handle and store.

Photos by neilprydesailing.com, amazon, spinlock.co.uk

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