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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


What's on my Boat - New App for Yachtsmen

A new App for iPhone/iPad/iPod
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What’s On My Boat?™ is a great new iPhone app for iPhone, iPad and iPod that will help you get your boat organised and ready for the new season. What better way to spend the non-sailing months than to get down to the boat, crank up the heater and sort out what you've got on board?

What’s On My Boat?™ lets you make an inventory of everything on your boat, see  where it’s stowed, what it looks like and assign it to a list. See at a glance what needs replacing or servicing. Have the part numbers with you when you are standing in the chandler wondering what you wanted.

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Chatham Cruz 11 Sailing Boots

cruz 11Before shelling out large sums of money on a pair of Sailing Boots, it's a good idea to ask yourself the tough question about exactly why you want them.

For some, a good part of the reason is about making a statement along the lines of 'I'm a real sailor because I'm wearing expensive sea boots'. Another reason for spending big money is because we suppose that the more you spend, the better the product. Put the two together, and there's a powerful argument for buying an expensive pair of sea boots.

However, if you want a pair of sailing boots that are quietly stylish but also do the job well without bragging, then a pair of Chatham Cruz II could be just what you're looking for.

Cruz is a 100% waterproof calf-length sailing boot that does exactly what it's supposed to do. It's comfortable, without pampering. There's a supple EVA moulded foam sock to absorb the shock of jumping onto a concrete pontoon, and durable rubber moulded sole unit with the fine cut water channelling that we've come to expect from deck wear. This boot also has a dual fitting, with removable insock, and features a bamboo membrane that keeps water out while still allowing the foot to breath.

We love them. They're the kind of boot that says 'experience' rather than 'fashion'. And because most cruising yachtsmen and women prefer to spend wisely on sailing equipment, rather than splash out on a fashion statement, we would expect them to continue quietly gaining support amongst the sail cruising fraternity.

100% Waterproof , Bamboo Membrane Lining , Moulded Sole Unit With Aqua Jet Channeling , Premium Leathers. RRP £149, but available for less if you shop around.

Man Overboard App for Iphone or Ipad

Man Overboard AppA rather nice little Man Overboard Application (App) for the IPhone or IPad has been produced by a British Sailor living in the USA. Designed for motor boats or yachts that are not fitted with chart plotters or GPS, it works like the MOB button on the Chart Plotter by giving you the position of the casualty in lat and long ready for the Coastguard, and steering you back to the point at which it was pressed.  At just under two US dollars, the app is available from iTunes worldwide here.

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Kannad Marine SafeLink wins Award

Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 Survivor Recovery SystemThe Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System) has won the 2012 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award.  The annual awards, instituted by US Magazine Ocean Navigator and named in honour of Chuck Husick, the magazine's late contributing editor, recognises advancements in the field of marine technology for recreational voyagers.

The SafeLink R10 SRS is a personal AIS (Automatic Identification System) device, designed to be worn by individuals and activated to aid location and recovery of persons in difficulty at sea. It is worn on a lifejacket and once activated sends structured alert messages, GPS position and a special identity code directly to AIS receivers providing fellow crew members with all the information they need to locate the person in difficulty and effect a speedy recovery, greatly increasing the chances of rescue.

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Ocean Safety Lifejackets now ready for Kannard Survival Recovery System

Ocean Safety LifejacketOcean Safety's new Premier range of lifejackets are now designed for the first time so that they are ready to be fitted with the Kannad R10 AIS Survival Recovery System and with the powerful but discreet Aquaspec lifejacket light.

While the lifejackets, which include Ocean Safety's favourite of ocean racing crews, the Kru Sports Pro, are already state of the art, the addition of integrated lifesaving devices such as the R10 and the Aquaspec takes the chances of survival to a whole new level.

The Kannad R10 transmits a signal with the person's location to the yacht's onboard AIS receiver and also to those of other vessels within a 4 mile radius. That means the person in the water can be quickly located, while at night or in bad visibility they can be pinpointed even more accurately thanks to the Aquaspec light which activates automatically as it hits the water.

Read more: Ocean Safety Lifejackets now ready for Kannard Survival Recovery System

New Raymarine Instruments

Raymarine InstrumentsRaymarine has been showcasing the new i40, i50 and i60 instruments at Southampton International Boat Show. Expanding Raymarine's new look to encompass dedicated wind instruments, monochrome displays and compact formats, Raymarine is now able to offer the complete choice of instruments for all types of boating.
The new i50 and i60 instruments have been designed to complement the all new Raymarine c and e Series MFDs (multifunctional displays). These stylish, dedicated function instruments are the perfect solution for smaller power boats, yachts and rigid inflatables. The i50 range consists of 3 digital monochrome displays; speed and depth displays with extra-large digits and a multi-line tridata unit. Designed primarily for the sailboater, i60 displays cover Wind and Close-Hauled Wind options in analogue and digital formats. With excellent viewing angles for both day and night conditions and simple, push-button controls, the i50 and i60 instruments are extremely easy to see and use. They are also very simple to install thanks to the front-mount design.

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Pains Wessex announce new compact Man Overboard light.

Pains Wessex MOB LightPains Wessex, a world leader in marine distress signals, is launching a new compact Manoverboard (MOB) at major commercial shipping exhibition, SMM Germany.

The innovative compact Manoverboard (MOB) Mark 9 has a host of benefits, including a drop height of more than 60 metres, double the height required by SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations, which makes it suitable for use on oil and gas rigs.

It has a host of other advantages and is:

  • · Smaller – at 375mm
  • · Easier to install – just ‘fit and forget’
  • · Safe to use on oil-covered water
  • · Mountable to 60metres
  • · Simple to replace individual LED bulbs

The individual LED light pods allow for quick installation and testing and a new retaining clip prevents accidental deployment in rough seas.

The new compact Manoverboard’s single-piece stainless steel bracket means it fits existing installations.

The Pains Wessex brand is manufactured by Drew Marine Signal and Safety. 

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