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bow-shackle pen by Oceanus Brass

for those looking for a something with a nautical theme for the sailor in your life, this may be a perfect new gift idea.  it is the bow-shackle pen from Oceanus Brass.  soft polished brash, clean lines, with a small brass bow shackle attached to the top of the pen.  brass is always a common theme with nautical gifts, and while a nice compass and sextant set looks nice on an office desk, they are usually not very practical.

the pen is a conversation starter for sure: I had tucked into my shirt pocket the other day, and everyone who saw it asked about it. the pen has a nice heft to it, and is comfortable in your hand as you write with it.  the length of the pen is probably a tad too short for the size of my hands for any amount of long-term writing, but is perfectly functional for writing a quick note, or penning a card to a loved one.

the craftsmanship of the pen is quite stunning – there are two joints in the pen that are almost imperceptible.  smooth threaded joints allow you to spin off the upper part of the pen to reveal the pen tip for writing, and the 2nd threaded joint unscrews to allow you to change the pen ink refill.

the pen certainly bucks the trend these days to have everything disposable, made from cheap plastics that can be used briefly and then easily discarded.  at $100, it certainly isn’t in the price range of a box of cheap Bic ball point pens, but it’s a bargain compared to a Montblanc.  the solid brass construction is nearly indestructible, so for the cost of pen ink refill every couple of years, this pen will likely last forever.  Oceanus Brass currently has a kickstarter campaign to help fund a re-tool to their pen design to now include a Fisher Space cartridge, details here: Bow-Shackle Pen + Fisher Space Cartridge.  if you support the current kickstarter by Oceanus Brass, you can get one of the new pens for a nice discount.

you can also purchase a Bow-Shackle pen or other nautical inspired gifts (lots of brass!) from their website.  you can follow Oceanus Brass on Twitter and Instagram.

full disclosure: I received this pen as a gift in exchange for writing an unbiased review.
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old school hiking out

sail it flat.

h/t: @tackandcross on Instagram

I’m doing the work

I’m not a slacker!

has the increase in instantaneous, short snippets of information, ready to be instantly accessed via various forms of social media caused a decrease in blogging?

is it easier to post something or “like” it on Facebook?

have Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr taken over as the place to look for sailing/nautical images and then some?

have Twitter, Snapchat, or the latest social media craze sapped away all of our fleeting attention spans?

 

Sunfish sailing at the Dunedin Marina

saw this gorgeous photo of some Sunfish at Dunedin Marina in Florida on Instagram the other day: makes me want to schedule a vacation to Dunedin sometime soon!

for additional (fantastic!) photography – including Sunfish/sailing/coastal pics and a variety of others, check out Dominic Romer’s website: Dusty Boots Photography.

red fish, blue fish, green fish, worlds fish!

a few days ago in preparation for the Sunfish Worlds, Dinghy Shop – a sailboat & watersports dealer in Amityville, New York –  posted these great photos of some of the new Sunfish sailboats on their Instagram account:

red fish

red fish

blue fish

blue fish

green fish

green fish

worlds fish

worlds fish!

Dinghy Shop is a family business that has been around since 1992 – here’s a nice video about them:

 

happy holidays!

Merry Christmas (a bit late) and happy New Year (a bit early)!  hope you all have a great time over the holidays!

here is a great holiday picture of a holiday Sunfish (photo by Laser Performance):

holiday sunfish

sunfish with a tall ship

here is another sweet photo of a Sunfish sailing with a tall ship in the background.

photo by Laser Performance

photo by Laser Performance

HT: Laser Performance


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