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Icom IC-M35We review the Icom IC-M35 handheld.  Read the full review here.

GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.



SafaSail HatThe SafaSail Hard Hat looks just like a sailing cap, but will help protect you if you get a bang to the head.  See our review here


Sunfast 37: highly recommeded

Sunfast 37The Jeanneau Sunfast 37 comes with a major vote of confidence: Sunsail has a huge fleet of them - “the largest matched fleet in the world” - used for corporate events, team building, race charter, holiday charter, sail training and all the rest.

Clearly Sunsail would have thought long and hard before making such an investment. They wanted a yacht which offered an acceptable level of live-aboard comfort, and was both rewarding to sail and reasonably easy to handle. So their choice of the Sunfast 37 is a big recommendation.

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Contessa 33

Contessa 33By Cathy Brown

Challenged to improve on Contessa 32 and Sigma 33 Rob Humphreys triumphed.The Contessa 33 might have seemed like an impossible design brief to anybody but Rob Humphreys. The new model, introduced in 1983/84, was intended as a more modern replacement for the evergreen Contessa 32, which had been in production since 1971. It also aimed to improve on the Sigma 33 - launched some four years earlier, and already established as an outstandingly successful one design cruiser racer.

To take on two such iconic designs and advance significantly on them both was quite a challenge, but Humphreys succeeded magnificently. The tragedy is that less than 20 Contessa 33s were built before builder Jeremy Rogers' company hit financial buffers.

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Sigma 33 just as happy cruising as racing

Sigma 33Cathy Brown reviews the Sigma 33

The Sigma 33 was a runaway success from the word go. Introduced at the end of the 70s, with the aim of making offshore racing affordable and accessible, David Thomas's brilliant design became firmly established as the definitive one design fleet throughout the 80s and 90s.
There were more than 300 boats racing regularly, and thanks to strict one design rules, and a hugely successful class association, it was impossible to buy your way to the front of what was a very competitive fleet. Everyone had the same sails, the same everything, and winning or not came down to the skills of helm and trimmers, teamwork and tactics - just as it should be.

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Contessa 32 approaches 40th birthday

Contessa 32by Cathy Brown

The Contessa 32 was designed by David Sadler nearly 40 years ago, in 1970. Even he probably had little idea then of the long-lasting success his masterpiece was to enjoy. A picture of a fleet of Contessas racing adorned the opening page of the IRC Yearbook as recently as 2007. What more eloquent testament could there be to the enduring appeal of this evergreen design?

The Contessa is a product of an era when boat design was evolving rapidly. Her long fin keel and skeg-hung rudder come half way between the traditional long-keel shape and today's deep fin and spade rudder configurations.

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