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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

Icom's New IC-M25 Marine VHF

Great features mixed with style are the traits of Icom’s new buoyant marine VHF radio which floats and flashes when dropped into the water. Sporting an elegant slim design, this new model has the lightest body in the market for a floating VHF radio….just 220g. New for an Icom, this new radio has a tidy USB connector for convenient charging from a variety of electronic devices!

Available in two colours, metallic grey and marine blue, the IC-M25 buoyant marine VHF is extremely comfortable to handle. Its large LCD display and laser cut, curved shape buttons are well laid out and provide simple and straightforward operation. In fact, the IC-M25 LCD screen is 30% larger than its predecessor, the IC-M23, allowing you to clearly see the channel number and status icons.


The IC-M25 provides 5 Watts of transmit power on typical use and allows up to 11 hours of operating time with its internally sealed 1500mAh lithium-ion battery which provides even greater waterproof integrity. With its BC-217 charger, the radio can be charged in just 3 hours.*

550mW (typ.) of audio output makes this radio easy to hear even when in a loud cabin or out in stormy conditions. There are volume loud/mute functions that temporarily change the IC-M25’s volume to the maximum/minimum level at the touch of a button. With changing background noise levels, you can easily adjust the volume level to clearly hear the incoming message.

The IC-M25 contains well known Icom features including favourite channel feature, dual/tri watch, one-touch “Tag” scanning and a 4-step battery life indicator. It also contains Icom’s unique AquaQuake feature which uses low-frequency sound waves to clear water away from the speaker grille.

An optional HM-213 waterproof speaker microphone is available which provides commercial grade operating convenience and durability for leisure users.

The Icom IC-M25 is now available from all authorised Icom Marine dealers with a suggested retail price of £149.99 (inc.VAT). An optional extended 3 year warranty is available when customers register at

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