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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


Touch Screen Chart Plotter

TouchTouch is the latest electronic chart plotter product from Digital Yacht.  As its names implies, it uses touchscreen technology for fingertip cursor control and data entry.  
A 12" and 15" version are available which connect to a separate black box processor, which is based around embedded PC technology.  It looks and feels just like a normal plotter but features the power and performance of a PC. 

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New Digital Yacht Instruments

InstrumnetDigital Yacht have launched a new range of marine instrumentation capable of displaying almost any onboard navigation or engine information.  The series is called Intellect and there are two types of instrument available.  

The ID100 is dedicated to monitoring traditional depth, speed, heading, GPS and wind information plus also engine data available through a NMEA 2000 (N2K) data network and the ED100 is designed to monitor J1939 engine data such as fuel flow, pressure, temperature, alternator current/voltage, RPM and so on – a format normally utilised by diesel inboard manufacturers.

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Digital Pilot GS50

Digital PilotDigital Yacht is proud to announce their new inboard autopilot system, the Digital Pilot GS50.  This is a four part control system comprising compact control unit, central processor, rudder angle transducer and combination gyro-fluxgate compass sensor.  A wide range of hydraulic, mechanical and linear drive units are also available to suit just about every possible steering situation.

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Retractable Thruster from SidePower

Retractable ThrusterFor boats where the fitting of a fixed tunnel thruster is not practical, Sleipner Motor introduces the SR80 and SR100, the first two models in new range of DC Electric Fully Retracting Thrusters.  

Compact in proportion, for ease of installation, and developing 80kg and 100kg of thrust, respectively, both models use a 185mm diameter tunnel and, depending upon the design of the hull and the wind area of the boat, are intended for use on vessels of between 35ft and 55ft in length.

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Free Expert Advice from Blakes Paints

Whether you are planning a major yacht restoration or some winter maintenance on a dinghy, a visit to the Blakes Paints stand at the London International Boat Show offers the ideal opportunity to get free, expert advice. A full range of products will be on display plus demonstration models showing coating procedures and finishes.

“We are able to speak to a lot of people at the Show and they really appreciate being able to discuss things face to face,” commented Martin Ingram of Blakes Paints Technical Services. “It’s all very well speaking to people on the ‘phone as we do a lot of the time, but when you can show them samples of different finishes and talk them through the various coating stages it makes it much easier for them to understand.”

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Garmin introduces two new VHF Radios

Garmin has announced that two new powerful VHF marine radios, the VHF 100i and VHF 200i, will be introduced at the London Boat Show at Excel in January.

Clive Taylor, director of product, said: “These new radios share the same great features found in many other Garmin marine products, including large, easy-to-read displays, a simple user interface, and an eye-catching design that complements any helm. Combine that with Garmin’s well-established reputation for quality, and boat enthusiasts now have a great tool that enhances both convenience and safety.”

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