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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 IC-M505/IC-M603 Free Upgrade

Free UpgradeFree Upgrade for Existing Icom IC-M505/IC-M603 Customers Who Purchase the MA-500TR
Icom UK has announced that it will provide a free hardware upgrade for existing owners of the IC-M505/IC-M603 VHF/DSC Transceivers who purchase the MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder. The upgrade is free of charge but customers will have to pay for carriage both ways.

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Icom MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder

MA 500TRIcom is pleased to announce that the MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder is now available. Designed for Non- SOLAS vessels, the MA-500TR is a compact, waterproof Class B AIS transponder that actively notifies other vessels of your exact position, thus increasing your safety at sea.

The MA-500TR features a dual channel receiver allowing boat owners to receive AIS information (both Class A and Class B AIS signals) on two channels simultaneously. This real-time information is then displayed on its large, backlit full dot-matrix display giving the boatowner real-time vessel traffic information thus aiding navigation and collision avoidance.

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See-Blitz Tracker

See Blitz ReviewFor many years now the man overboard or search and rescue strobe light of choice for defence forces, search and rescue groups and many sea safety conscious boaters has been the SEE-BLITZ.  The SEE-BLITZ was designed to achieve maximum visibility and perform in all climates and extreme environments way beyond the usual areas of the racing and recreational sailor. Originally developed for military use and is standard equipment for non-military search and rescue groups world-wide, the SEE-BLITZ technology continues to be at the fore-front of long range, high intensity search and rescue lighting.

The key feature of the SEE-BLITZ is that as the batteries lose power, the interval between flashes increase and the strength of the flash remains the same as the early flashes. The flash can be seen up to 16km in the open and if using fresh batteries the flashes will last for over 4 hours. The unit uses 4 AA Alkaline/Lithium batteries but can operate with 3, 2, or 1 cell.

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Garmin moves into new territory

Garmin PilotPotentially the most interesting development in the ever-changing world of marine electronics unveiled at the London Boat Show was Garmin’s new GHP 12 autopilot system for sailing boats.

It’s a cutting edge autopilot in its own right, but more significantly it means the company that claims to be the global leader in satellite navigation can now offer a fully networked package of electronics for sailing and motor boats.

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XM Liferaft Recall

Plastimo XM liferaft recallNavimo UK -  Also known as Plastimo XM - is recalling a batch of XM liferafts that showed the potential for developing micro leaks which might affect the overall buoyancy of the product. They will be exchanged free of charge with a new European model.

After a prolonged time in the water the occupants of the liferaft might have to use the pump supplied in the raft to top it up. The problem is confined to a limited batch of XM liferafts manufactured in the Far East carrying part numbers 53871 to 53876. This batch of rafts was manufactured from early 2006 onwards and were probably sold after June 2006.

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Raymarine rescued by FLIR Systems




Those of us who consider Raymarine equipment to be amongst the best yachting electronics will be please to hear that a rescue deal has been announced for the troubled manufacturer.

Raymarine is pleased to report that FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has entered into a definitive agreement with the Administrator of Raymarine plc to acquire all of the outstanding shares of its wholly owned subsidiary, Raymarine Holdings Ltd.  The transaction value of approximately $180 million includes repayment of all of Raymarine's indebtedness and approximately $24 million in proceeds to Raymarine plc which is equivalent to 20 pence per ordinary share.  The acquisition represents the entire business operations of Raymarine and its subsidiaries.

Raymarine, a world leader in the marine electronics industry, provides the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, Raymarine reported revenue of approximately $170 million (£104.3 million).

"This is a strategically compelling transaction for FLIR," commented Earl Lewis, FLIR’s President and CEO. "Raymarine is a leading brand in the industry and has an outstanding reputation for high quality marine electronics equipment.  When fully integrated, we expect to have a significant marine electronics business as part of our Commercial Systems business.  I welcome Raymarine's employees to FLIR."

FLIR plans to expand Raymarine's product line breadth by integrating thermal imaging cameras with Raymarine's display, radar and autopilot product lines to create the broadest, most effective, and easiest to use suite of products in the marine electronics industry.

Andy King, Director of Sales and Marketing for Raymarine UK Ltd, said, “This has tremendous possibilities for Raymarine, our distribution network and our customers particularly as thermal imaging, with the ability to see clearly at night, will become more important to the leisure boater.  It’s very exciting news and we welcome this next step in the story of the Raymarine brand and product.”  

The acquisition furthers FLIR's strategy in the marine market by dramatically increasing its maritime distribution network with the addition of Raymarine's 1,000 dealer outlets and 400+ marine OEMs to FLIR's existing distribution.

All employees of the Raymarine Group have been transferred to FLIR as part of the sale of Raymarine Holdings Ltd.  FLIR has no products that compete with Raymarine and there will be no changes to Raymarine facilities as a result of the acquisition.  Suppliers should continue to work with Raymarine as normal and all trade creditors will be paid in the normal course of business.

Ruggedised Marine PC

Digital Yacht have launched their new Aqua range of ruggedized marine PCs.  The range takes advantage of the latest Windows 7 operating system and incorporates Intel’s Atom processor for ultra low power consumption as well as fast computing.  All models run directly from the boat’s DC battery power with a wide ranging 6-30v dc regulator built in, so there is no need for expensive and power hungry inverters.  The Aqua processor measures just 30 x 27 x 7cm and can be remotely mounted if required.  It comes with a mounting bracket arrangement allowing bulkhead or table top mounting.

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