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Goods + Gear – January 2024

by Randy Woods

Wristlet Bag Supports Women’s Racing

When you want a small bag for essentials to take out on the town, this wristlet bag made of recycled regatta sails makes a stylish accessory statement, showing your love for women’s competitive boat racing. Using strips of bold colors taken from actual sail cloth recovered from the working waterfront of Portland, Maine, this 8” long bag can be used as a wallet, evening carry-all, or travel organizer. A heavy-duty zipper and navy wrist strap threaded through a metal grommet helps secure all contents. The eye-catching bag also helps support the Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team, which has represented the company since 2015. This year, 20 percent of all proceeds from sales of this wristlet bag goes toward the team’s racing efforts. On your marks, ladies! $30 // seabags.com

Going ‘Gonzo’ Over Boat Recycling

Since early 2022, local former shipwright Frank Gonzales has been handling the often-thankless task of recovering, repairing, recycling, and even “adopting” abandoned sea vessels from Puget Sound shores. Now, you can give Gonzales the thanks he deserves with this handsome T-shirt, featuring the logo of his business, Gonzo Boat Works. Made with 90 percent ring-spun cotton and 10 percent polyester, the baseball-style, ¾-sleeve raglan shirt demonstrates your support of Boat Works’ important mission to clear the maritime clutter from Pacific Northwest shores and repurpose and upsell still-valuable nautical materials from derelicts so that they don’t end up in landfills. Do your part to help give these vessels a second chance. The white T-shirts are available in black, red, and heather gray sleeve colors. $18.50-$20.50 // gonzoboatworks.square.site

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Hama Hama Time: Two-For-Tea Towels

To have a galley fit for every type of Pacific Northwest cuisine, one must include a tribute to the seafood bounty of Puget Sound, from fresh oysters and mussels to famous geoduck clams. Beloved local shellfish farm Hama Hama Oyster Co.—a sixth-generation, family-run operation that has been on Hood Canal since the 1890s—is offering a way to properly appreciate this culinary staple. This set of two white tea towels features line drawings in black ink depicting oyster shells on one towel and a rolled-back can of tinned fish on the other. The hand-drawn, block-printed illustrations, created by Montana-based Ponderosa Press, are sure to brighten up your galley or home kitchen and delight guests who love the shellfish offerings of the Salish Sea. $20 // hamahamaoysters.com

It’s All in the Wrist: Garmin’s Quatix 7 Pro

Whether you’re angling in your favorite fishing spot or plotting a new course, this Quatix 7 Pro from Garmin allows you to monitor all vessel systems with a flick of the wrist. Stay in touch with trolling motors, chart plotters, sound systems, and text messages on land or at sea. Even in direct sunlight, the scratch-resistant, 1.3” touchscreen is easily readable with bright AMOLED illumination. Equipped with a flashlight and red-light mode to reduce eye strain, this powerful smartwatch can also monitor your heart rhythms to warn you of irregularities. The lithium battery lasts 16 days between charges and can operate for up to 42 hours in GPS mode or 60 hours in UltraTrac battery-saver mode. The technological marvel is even eco-friendly, with 100 percent of the plastic used in its housing coming from recycled ocean-bound plastics. $999.99 // garmin.com

10,000 Lumen LED Spotlight

Light Up Dusky Docks with LED Spotlight

The next time you’re motoring through a murky fog bank or navigating a slippery dock at night, this flashlight-on-steroids is certain to provide all the artificial daylight you’ll ever need. The heavy-duty spotlight from West Marine emits an astounding 10,000-lumen beam, using six energy-saving Cree bulbs. The waterproof aluminum body and shatterproof lens stands up to all harsh marine environments. There’s even a second, undermounted light giving out 500 lumens pointing straight down so you can see where you’re walking while still looking at what’s ahead. With three light modes (high, low, and blinking S.O.S.) and a detachable red-light filter, the spotlight floats in water and has a pistol-style grip for handheld uses. The unit’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery lasts for up to six hours of steady illumination on a single charge. $175 // westmarine.com

Taku Elite May Help You Survive Winter

The winter’s endless drizzle and icy winds have returned to the Northwest, making it downright treacherous to be outside on deck. This seam-sealed Taku Elite jacket from Mustang Survival will keep you one step ahead of the elements with its cozy, fleece-lined pockets, stowable hood, tool tie-ins, and external chest compartments to make your gear easy to grab in the cold. The jacket’s three-layer MarineSpec SP shell is waterproof but surprisingly breathable, with underarm venting for thermal regulation. Neoprene inner cuff enclosures, heavy-duty zippers, and a drawcord hem ensure that no extra moisture can creep in. This abrasion-, saltwater-, and UV-resistant jacket is available in two-tone black/admiral gray or pebble gray/Neptune navy colors. $430 // mustangsurvival.com

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