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Use the Magic of S.T.O.P. for Safer Sailing Navigation By John Jamieson, 7:59 PM Sun 10 Mar 2013
I got snookered one night when I confused a lighted buoy for a light structure. Both aids showed similar light characteristics and were within 100 yards of each other. As we proceeded south, we kept the flashing light ahead just off the starboard bow. Suddenly, our spotlight picked up the reflective tape of the light, 50 yards off the port bow! ...[more]


Product of the Week: Shipstik - solving your berthing problems By nk, , 9:46 AM Sat 9 Mar 2013
We all know that docking short-handed or even solo has its challenges, especially when there's a wind blowing. So here's another attempt to take the uncertainty out of berthing, no matter what kind of contrivance you are attempting to tie to. It's Shipstik, and it sounds like a great idea. ...[more]


After Hurricane Sandy: How to get around the 'new' waterways By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:52 AM Fri 8 Mar 2013
Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to marine facilities, navigation aids and channels along the New Jersey and New York coastlines of the USA. The storm also choked northern New Jersey’s Intracoastal Waterway and other channels with sunken boats, sand, silt and debris from buildings and piers. How will boaters know what services are available or where the navigational hazards exist? ...[more]


Stop shouting and get headsets - that work! By Karen & Jefrey Siegal, Active Captain/Sail-World, 11:51 AM Wed 6 Mar 2013
Good communication is crucial on board, and If you've ever tried to converse with someone at the helm when there's a dodger in the way or when the wind is blowing, you'll appreciate this new headset from Eartec, the Simultalk 24G. Here Karen & Jeffrey Siegel of ActiveCaptain fame tell about their experiences with headsets and how they ended up with Eartec: ...[more]


Product of the Week: Removable sailing pouches By Des Ryan, 5:42 PM Sun 24 Feb 2013
Sitting with you in the cockpit there are always a range of small items that you need to keep safe, dry or at least in a place where you can reliably find them. It could be anything from your spectacles to a knife or a mobile phone, from a screw driver to your wallet to your glass of champagne. . ...[more]


Product of the Week: Removable sailing pouches By Des Ryan, , 12:40 PM Sun 24 Feb 2013
Sitting with you in the cockpit there are always a range of small items that you need to keep safe, dry or at least in a place where you can reliably find them. It could be anything from your spectacles to a knife or a mobile phone, from a screw driver to your wallet to your glass of champagne. . ...[more]


Checking your rigging By Des Ryan, 9:28 AM Fri 22 Feb 2013
Just as they say the best fertiliser on a farm is the footsteps of the Farmer, so the best insurance for your mast is the eye of the skipper. This means regular checks before any major voyage. However, when it comes to a thorough check, the only way of ensuring you have found every fault is to remove the rig. ...[more]


Cruising Association's mobile App, going gangbusters By Louisa Nightingale/Sail-World Cruising, 11:14 AM Tue 19 Feb 2013
Britain's Cruising Association first mobile App is going gangbusters. It is now going Beta for Android, demonstrating just how popular their first mobile app, Captain's Mate, has become. A little under a year ago the Cruising Association launched CAptain’s Mate, only available for the iPhone and iPad, but in response to member demand an Android version is now beta testing with selected members. ...[more]


West Marine's 'Green Products of 2013' announced - both practical By West Marine/Sail-World Cruising, 10:03 AM Mon 18 Feb 2013
They are both practical, both as green as a magic dragon and both worthy of the attention of a cruising sailor. Two products were selected as West Marine's 2013 'Green Product of the Year' Winners: Attwood's Fuel Demand Valve and West Marine CFA bottom paint share the top honor and the $10,000 prize. ...[more]


Autopilots - about to get more 'intelligent' By Raymarine/Sail-World Cruising, 11:40 AM Fri 15 Feb 2013
For the typical short-handed cruising sailor, the autopilot is often the third crew member, enabling the short-handed crew to be more places at once when necessary, relieving weariness and allowing more sleep for the off-watch crew member. Autopilots have their strengths and weaknesses, so it's good news that the technology which is coming soon will be making them more flexible and easier to use. ...[more]


Autopilots - about to get more 'intelligent' By Raymarine/Sail-World Cruising, 10:51 AM Fri 15 Feb 2013
For the typical short-handed cruising sailor, the autopilot is often the third crew member, enabling the short-handed crew to be more places at once when necessary, relieving weariness and allowing more sleep for the off-watch crew member. Autopilots have their strengths and weaknesses, so it's good news that the technology which is coming soon will be making them more flexible and easier to use. ...[more]


Fire onboard! By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:37 AM Mon 11 Feb 2013
'Fire' is probably the most feared word on any boat, whether sail or power. It’s maybe even more frightening than taking on water with the dread of sinking. Power boats are perhaps more prone to fires - and the statistics tell us so - because of their use of petroleum as fuel. However, there are many other causes of fire. What can you do to mitigate the danger? ...[more]


Green antifouling technology - getting better every year By Steve Hopper/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:17 AM Sun 10 Feb 2013
Green antifouling technology is the chemical-free alternative to traditional messy antifouling paint - it's more effective at clearing algae and barnacles but harmless to other marine life. Ultrasonic Works have just launched a new ground-breaking ClearHull antifouling system, and now tell of their spectacular results of winter-long laboratory tests. ...[more]


Cruising sailors and iPads - One tech-savvy cruising sailor tells By Neil and Ley Langford, 11:08 AM Sun 10 Feb 2013
Long time Australian Cruising sailors Lee and Neil Langford are sailing their yacht Crystal Blues on the coast of Thailand. Here Neil talks of the difference that iPad has made to their lives, both navigational and family, and how this tech-savvy cruising couple manage their communications systems: ...[more]


Cruising sailors and iPads - One tech-savvy cruising sailor tells By Neil and Ley Langford, 10:18 AM Sun 10 Feb 2013
Cruising sailors Lee and Neil Langford are sailing their yacht Crystal Blues on the coast of Thailand. Here Neil talks of the difference that iPad has made to their lives, both navigational and family, and how this tech-savvy cruising couple manage their communications systems: ...[more]


The ten year sailing boat refit, and what to look for... By BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising, , 11:54 AM Sat 9 Feb 2013
Birthdays for people seem more relevant when you pass a new decade and have a 'big birthday'. Sailing boats are a little the same. Every ten years or so marks a time of change and renewal. Here BoatUS offers some hints about what you should look for every ten years: ...[more]


Hatch Fan wins sailing innovation award By Sail-World Cruising, 6:22 PM Fri 1 Feb 2013
A product which was made a new Product of the Week by Sail-World Cruising back in October has just won a 2013 Pittman Innovation Award. It is the Caframo Taku Hatch Fan. While wind scoops work wonderfully in a breeze in an anchorage, and some of the better ones even work to the wind in a marina, if there's no wind and you don't go to air-conditioning, this hatch fan could be your answer. ...[more]


Coming to a head - issues of onboard toilets By Lee Mylchreest, 11:41 AM Sun 20 Jan 2013
If you want to seriously test whether someone gets seasick or not (or if you don't want them to come again), give them the job of clearing the blocked head while sailing. Heads, the nautical term for onboard toilets, can be one of the most vexed issues on a boat, depending on where you sail. ...[more]


Five top ways to remove stains from your boat By Karen & Jeffrey Siegel/Sail-World Cruising, 3:23 PM Fri 18 Jan 2013
Karen & Jeffrey Siegel run a website called ActiveCaptain. They have also been cruising for many years, with two dogs Dyna and Dylan (who really run the show) and know a thing or two about some of the practical aspects of cruising. Here are their useful tips about cleaning stains on a boat. As they said, 'We thought the new year was the perfect time to pick our five personal favourites.' ...[more]


New, the world's smallest Personal Locator Beacon. By OCean Signal/Sail-World Cruising, , 12:48 PM Sat 12 Jan 2013
Have you been reluctant to invest in a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) because you think 'it couldn't happen to me', or are they just too bulky and troublesome to worry about? The world's smallest PLB has just been introduced to the market, so you might try thinking again... ...[more]


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