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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

Remote Yacht Monitoring






Worried about water ingress when you're away?  Or strangers on board?  Or the state of the batteries?

Using a simple Android 'phone, a custom-built App, a 'black box' and a few low-cost sensors, an Oxford Scientist, Dr Martin Lambert, has come up with a new low-cost way of monitoring your yacht when you're not there.

For well under £250 you can receive an email twice a day giving you a raft of information about what's going on. The App is free, and he'll even provide the phone and set it up for you.

It can tell you whether the yacht has been moved (or stolen), whether there's water getting in, what the battery state is, and can even send you a picture of the yacht's interior when you ask for one.  Using one of the optional sensors, you can even turn equipment on and off remotely.  It's all there, and much more besides. And it won't cost you an arm and a leg.  For full details, visit his comprehensive website at  

If any of our readers decides to try this out, we'd love to hear what you think of the kit...

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