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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


Floating VHF Handheld - HX751E


Since launching its first floating, rugged and submersible hand-held radio, Standard Horizon has now made it even better. The new HX751E replaces the popular HX750E, and offers even more safety features and user functionality.

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GX2100E & GX2000E VHF with AIS from Standard Horizon

Ais ReceiverLeading electronics manufacturer, Standard Horizon, is proud to announce the launch of the GX2100E and GX2000E, two new Class D VHF DSC transceivers, which can display comprehensive AIS data on their large LCD back-lit panels.

The GX2000E is designed to take its data from an external AIS receiver and simply connects to it via an NMEA cable. The GX2100E, however, has its own built-in dual channel AIS receiver. Pleasure boats operating near commercial ports or busy shipping lanes will find this system invaluable.

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Ultrasonic Antifouling Ltd, whose revolutionary and eco-friendly Ultra system has transformed and superseded traditional methods of antifouling, is launching an exciting new addition to its product range – the Ultra Solar.

Ultra Solar is a new stand-alone system which complements the existing Ultra range.  It is designed to give boat owners without access to a shore power supply the opportunity to benefit from having an Ultra system fitted to their boat – something which was not previously possible.


Gill Race Collection

Gill Race JacketTwo years ago, the Gill R&D team were given a simple brief – to design the best lightweight race gear for sailing, with specific emphasis on hot and sunny conditions.

The most detailed research project ever undertaken by the Gill team was put in place. Meetings were held with teams at the top of the game, from the TP52, to the Laser SB3 racing team, to committed weekend warriors.

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ICOM launch new Class B AIS Transponder

AISMA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder, Coming Soon!

Since its introduction, AIS (Automatic Identification System) has been rapidly taken up as an essential safety aid, especially as shipping lanes have become busier. Primarily used by commercial shipping for identification and location, the AIS system exchanges information such as MMSI number, position, course, and speed. Today with the introduction of the MA-500TR AIS transponder, owners of leisure and small craft can benefit from this safety technology.

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We took the Icom IC-M35 with us on a trip across the Mediterranean, from Croatia to North Africa. Our aim was to test it under normal working conditions, but this one got more of a test than expected, as the masthead antenna on our main radio came adrift in a short but fierce storm, and there didn’t seem much point in interrupting the delivery trip to run a new masthead antenna and cable when we had the hand-held on board.

This is a seriously nice piece of kit. It comes with a 240 volt mains charger base, into which it slots for charging. The base even has a couple of screws so you can screw it onto some available wooden surface. It has a rechargeable battery pack, but also comes with a spare battery container which takes AA batteries.  It has a belt clip and a wrist strap, and comes with a ‘rubber duck’ antenna.

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Line 7 Ocean Range

Line 7 Ocean SmockIf you are looking for Ocean grade foul weather clothing, then you must consider Line 7.  We only reveiw kit we've test out ourselves under real seagoing conditions, and we tried out one of their Ocean smocks on a recent delivery trip and were highly impressed. The Line 7 Ocean Smock is made in New Zealand, and anyone who knows about Kiwi adventure clothing will tell you that it’s usually very high quality.  Line 7 is no exception.  The quality is superb.

And if anyone tells you that you don’t need foul weather gear in the Med, don’t believe them.  The wind can get up strongly at short notice, and the seas are short and steep, giving a very wet ride.  But because of the relative temperatures, you don’t want to be wearing something that’s heavily lined and designed for the arctic.

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