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

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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

New Breathable Waterproof Boots from Gill

Gill, the company that specialises in technical sailing gear, has just brought out two new specialist sailing boots.

The new breathable boot is the most technical breathable waterproof footwear that Gill has ever produced.

"We have invested in two years of research and constant testing to create the ultimate breathable waterproof durable sailing boot", says Siobhan Hardy. "Using a unique combination of a tough TPU lightweight moulding for the foot bed in conjunction with our breathable laminate membrane we have created the two key factors of complete waterproofness and the comfort of breathability".


Gill has brought out two designs in this collection: The classic tall Performance Boot, for harsh conditions and great for offshore use gives complete confidence and comfortable protection when it's needed – it even has a grab handle system to make them easy to get on in a hurry.

Gill's new unique Performance Race boot is designed specifically for use in high activity environments where agility and grip make the difference. This new concept has many benefits, it is extremely lightweight and easy to wear, and could be thought of as a completely waterproof sailing trainer. The Gill proprietary sole with its unique repeat design is used on both styles; it provides brilliant grip and flexibility on deck and has water dispersal channels to prevent aquaplaning

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