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How to avoid expensive mistakes when you buy a new or second-hand yacht. 

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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

Chatham Cruz 11 Sailing Boots

cruz 11Before shelling out large sums of money on a pair of Sailing Boots, it's a good idea to ask yourself the tough question about exactly why you want them.

For some, a good part of the reason is about making a statement along the lines of 'I'm a real sailor because I'm wearing expensive sea boots'. Another reason for spending big money is because we suppose that the more you spend, the better the product. Put the two together, and there's a powerful argument for buying an expensive pair of sea boots.

However, if you want a pair of sailing boots that are quietly stylish but also do the job well without bragging, then a pair of Chatham Cruz II could be just what you're looking for.

Cruz is a 100% waterproof calf-length sailing boot that does exactly what it's supposed to do. It's comfortable, without pampering. There's a supple EVA moulded foam sock to absorb the shock of jumping onto a concrete pontoon, and durable rubber moulded sole unit with the fine cut water channelling that we've come to expect from deck wear. This boot also has a dual fitting, with removable insock, and features a bamboo membrane that keeps water out while still allowing the foot to breath.

We love them. They're the kind of boot that says 'experience' rather than 'fashion'. And because most cruising yachtsmen and women prefer to spend wisely on sailing equipment, rather than splash out on a fashion statement, we would expect them to continue quietly gaining support amongst the sail cruising fraternity.

100% Waterproof , Bamboo Membrane Lining , Moulded Sole Unit With Aqua Jet Channeling , Premium Leathers. RRP £149, but available for less if you shop around.

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