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Free PC for Christmas with Seatrack software By Lisa Mylchreest, 9:48 PM Tue 1 Dec 2009
Here is the best offer Sail-World has been able to find this week for Christmas - you can forget the hassle of installing software, drivers, charts and security systems when you want new navigations software. Seatrack Cruiser packages come ‘Ready-to-Go’ Packages with all equipment pre-installed, and, before Christmas, the packages include a FREE NETBOOK PC. ...[more]


The joys of buying (and selling) a boat By Mark Cherrington, 12:20 PM Sun 29 Nov 2009
After almost a six month search, leisure sailor Mark Cherrington & his partner finally found the latest boat of their dreams - with lessons learnt along the way, not only in hunting out and buying a boat – but also how NOT to sell a boat. Neither have had 20 or 30 year’s experience in buying and selling boats; just a couple of people who wanted a nice boat, and many of us can relate to that! ...[more]


New life raft 30% lighter - easier for short-handed cruising sailors By Nancy Knudsen, 11:33 PM Fri 27 Nov 2009
Racing sailors may want their life rafts to be light to go faster, but the two-handed cruising yacht has a much better reason for wanting their life raft to be light - to make it easier for the short handed crew to get it off the deck into the water in a minimum of time. ...[more]


Nine Reasons to have a Fixed Boom Vang By Ian Broad/Sail-World, 2:18 PM Sat 2 Feb 2008
Ian Broad is well known to many Australian sailors as the principal of Hood sails. His knowledge and expertise in the area of sail making and sailing techniques with those sails is recognised as first class. Here he tells the story that inspired him to create the nine reasons why YOU should install a solid boom vang on your sailing boat ...[more]


AIS - a major navigation advance By Powerboat-World.com, 5:21 PM Sat 5 May 2007
‘Greatest thing since sliced bread!’ That was the pronouncement of Sydney sailor Ian Potter of Sundancer II. He was talking about an AIS (Automatic Identification System) Receiver. Sundancer has had a chance to try out this brand new technology on their way across the Indian Ocean in the last couple of months. ...[more]


Security Solutions for the Cruising Sailor By Sail-World Cruising, 1:57 PM Sun 1 Apr 2007
Cruisers who travel far from home can sometimes feel very vulnerable in strange surroundings with questionable security. Prevention is always better than cure, and the problem of security is one that concerns yachties in many corners of the world. ...[more]


This Week’s Great Little Boating Idea: The Viewing Bucket By Sail-World Cruising, 2:15 AM Sat 31 Mar 2007
The weather’s too cold, maybe there are too many crocodiles, or you just don’t like swimming. With the viewing bucket, you can check your anchor, see the integrity of your mooring buoy, watch the fish - or search for your lost boat keys –it costs almost nothing and stows to almost nothing. ...[more]


Bugs on Boats – the Seven Quick Rules: By Lisa Mylchreest, 10:42 AM Tue 20 Mar 2007
'Shock horror! Not bugs on the boat again!' Anyone who has owned a boat has probably been through the difficult process of trying to rid the boat of bugs, once they are there. Of course, some bugs are worse than others. ...[more]


A Lesson for Tying Down a Yacht for a Storm By Lucy Chabot Reed/Sail-World Cruising, 5:04 AM Sun 11 Feb 2007
A good lesson can be learned - about the best way to prepare any boat in a marina for a bad storm - from the story told by First Mate Rob Havey, who stayed on board to care for the Motor Yacht Leda during Katrina, the most damaging hurricane in U.S. history, and made a most unusual decision. ...[more]


Food Storage for Cruising: BANANAS By Nancy Knudsen, 11:30 AM Fri 9 Feb 2007
It’s natural to take a few ripe bananas for your immediate needs, but taking a bunch of green bananas for ‘later’ is usually fraught with problems, as they all ripen at once, and you end up with fried bananas, banana salad, banana cake and banana jam – or you spit the dummy at some point, vowing you’ll never eat another banana, and they all go over the side...but there's a solution ...[more]


Storm Anchoring System - Product of the Week By Sail-World Cruising, 6:00 AM Tue 6 Feb 2007
If you are placing your boat on an anchoring system in preparation for a storm then this product, by Colligo Marine and available by ordering on the web, might be just the thing you need. It allows you to place 3 anchors and couple them together with a swivel and then run two or three lines back to your yacht or catamaran. ...[more]


Yachts in the Caribbean - the Security Issues By Nancy Knudsen, 5:52 AM Tue 6 Feb 2007
It began with warnings while we were still in the Mediterranean. Cruisers, among other things, are great gossips, and give advice freely – which is the way we educate each other about future ports, and how we first heard about the 'security problem' in the Caribbean. ...[more]


New: Hi-Tech Water-Maker for your Grab Bag By Sail-World Cruising, 8:38 AM Mon 15 Jan 2007
Is there a portable water-maker in your ‘Abandon Ship’ Bag? If not – or even there is - it’s time to consider an interesting new product which is an update on the old pump systems. ...[more]


Transferring Gear in a High Sea By Nancy Knudsen, 9:03 AM Sun 14 Jan 2007
You have a serious problem on your sailing boat – maybe it’s gear related, maybe it’s electronic, maybe you have lost all your water, or you need fuel urgently. There’s a high sea running, and a nearby boat that has just what you need. How do you make the transfer? ...[more]


Boat Insurance - The Basics By United Marine Insurance, 1:10 AM Tue 2 Jan 2007
Whether you're buying your first boat or simply embarking on your annual renewal for the umpteenth time, it pays to go back to basics to ensure you have what you really need. ...[more]


1400 Miles Without a Rudder By Nancy Knudsen, St Lucia, Windward Islands, Caribbean , 7:30 AM Sun 31 Dec 2006
Guenter Scholz looks relaxed. Lounging on the bow of his boat with his lovely wife Ute, he doesn’t look triumphant, but he should. He has just sailed 1400 nautical miles in mostly four metre seas with mostly 35 knots of wind, and without a rudder. ...[more]


Ocean Cruising Club-Friendly Face in Faroff Places By Nancy Knudsen, 1:56 AM Thu 28 Dec 2006
Arriving in strange ports is something long range cruisers get used to – Customs, Immigration, paperwork galore, standing in queues, sometimes in sweaty tropical heat – one of those aspects of cruising you just have to tolerate with good grace. BUT the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC for short) often makes it a much more pleasant experience. ...[more]


Rescued Scottish Yachtsman-It was an Appendix By Des Ryan, 11:24 PM Tue 26 Dec 2006
The appendix is an unpredictable fellow. Maybe the lesson from this story is: If you want to undertake long range cruising, it may be wise to have your appendix removed in advance. ...[more]


Antifouling - Copper not so bad after all? By IBI News/Bob Greenwood, 10:10 PM Sun 19 Nov 2006
New scientific research has cast doubt on the widely-held belief that copper-based antifoulings are a serious risk to marine organisms. The findings of new tests carried out by UK-government agency CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture) on behalf of CEAP (the Copper Antifouling Environmental Programme which is supported by copper producers) were released on November 15 at METS ...[more]


You Need Good Blood - Engines Need Good Fuel! By Laurence Burgin, 2:26 AM Sat 11 Nov 2006
A diesel engine is a hardy critter, much like a human being. In fact, like a human being, it rarely gives trouble unless it is badly looked after. And in a diesel engine, its fuel is the equivalent of your blood – good blood, healthy body. Good fuel healthy engine. So here are some good tips to keep your diesel engine, which is one of your prime safety devices when sailing, healthy, and a step by step guide to changing your own fuel filters, complete with diagrams: ...[more]


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