Fluttering sails. Lapping waves. These are the sounds that surround Carina -- the racing yacht on which I'll be sailing this month from Newport to Bermuda. As the least-experienced member of Carina's 12-person crew, I expect to spend many unpleasant hours tucked away in the galley or in the head.
That's why I expect the microTalk handheld radio, from Cobra Electronics, to come in handy. Ultra-lightweight two-way radios with a two-mile range, Cobra MicroTalk units let a helmsman and a bowman trade coordinates without leaving their posts -- on a private communication channel not available to competing crews.
The microTalk Weather model allows landlocked users to get local weather reports -- a valuable feature for hikers, skiers, and others who are susceptible to changing conditions.
A single Cobra microTalk Weather unit sells online for about $120. Visit Cobra Electronics Corp. on the Web (www.cobraelec.com).