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HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle , 7:57 AM Thu 17 Apr 2014
Heads Up Displays (HUDs) have long been the holy grail of the tech-savvy racing sailor. This technology was developed to give fighter pilots there-when-they-need-it information at a glance. While racing sailors are more interested with tactical edges over their competitors than getting missile lock on an enemy, the basic information need is the same. ...[more]


Ten boat safety checks every skipper needs to make By John Jamieson, , 2:16 PM Fri 31 Jan 2014
Do you have a safety check list over the chart table on your boat - or anywhere else? Have you added the three most important bilge pumps to your boat safety check list? Does your sailing crew know the location of survival equipment, fuel shutoff valve and how to test a seacock? ...[more]


In-mast furling - is it the 'no-no' we've always believed? By Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising, , 8:42 PM Sun 5 Jan 2014
In the inevitable cockpit-sundowner chat, in-mast furling has always been a 'no-no'. But is it true? Or is the cockpit-sundowner chat just scare-mongering? Here Des Ryan looks at a few of the issues. ...[more]


New free smartphone app for New Zealand sailors By Sail-World Cruising, , 3:05 PM Sun 1 Dec 2013
A free new smartphone app gives water users across New Zealand easy access to any information they need when heading out onto the water. The MarineMate application for iPhone and Android devices has up-to-date tide information adjusted for daylight savings, safe boating checklists, and regulatory information on 5 knot zones, towing lanes and swimming areas. ...[more]


Product of the week: One Sailor MBS for single-handed docking By nk, 11:02 AM Wed 13 Nov 2013
Sailing single-handed poses its own challenges, and one of the principle of these is docking without assistance. While at sea with plenty of room, aiming the boat in the direction you want is done with a lot of flexibility. However when it comes to docking the boat, wind, currents and the characteristics of the boat can make it tricky. Now there's a neat aide to make it easier. ...[more]


Get your DSC-equipped VHF hooked up right By BoatUS/Sail-World, 12:57 PM Tue 29 Oct 2013
With summer approaching fast, it's time to make sure you have a VHF on board working to the maximum. If you have a basic VHF, checking the connections for corrosion, inspecting the antenna and doing a simple radio check may be all that it takes. ...[more]


Evolution Autopilot - top honours in Marine Electronics Awards By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:56 AM Mon 14 Oct 2013
Looking for a new autopilot? It's worth considering this one. The Evolution Autopilot by Raymarine has won top honours at the 2013 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, winning the NMEA-BWI Technology Award. ...[more]


Product of the Week: Safer and easier docking - SlideMoor By Sail-World Cruising, , 5:59 AM Mon 30 Sep 2013
This docking system, as the manufacturers say, is not a universal solution, but brings together many of the advantages of a floating dock with the appeal of a traditional fixed dock. The system, called SlideMoor, makes docking safer and easier while mitigating the risks associated with tidal change, wind and wave activity. ...[more]


The magic of NOAS: coming to a marina near you - but not for a while By Des Ryan, , 5:42 PM Sat 28 Sep 2013
Most inventions for the top end of the maritime market eventually trickle their way down to the cruising sailor. When AIS was first introduced it seemed unthinkable that within just a few short years most sailing boat owners were able to save just a few cents more to acquire their own version. This could be the same with NOAS. ...[more]


Sailing space to discover new worlds By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, , 11:55 AM Wed 18 Sep 2013
Sailing boats have always been the modus operandi for humans discovering new worlds across the sea and it seems as though that's also how we shall discover new worlds across space. Or at least that's what the physicists are predicting, affirming that giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy are still the most viable option for interstellar spaceflight in the not-too-distant future ...[more]


Mountain bike torch great for tough sailing conditions By Des Ryan, 12:44 AM Tue 17 Sep 2013
Cruising sailors benefit, not only from the research that goes into high tech racing, but also from research into other markets. This was the case for Exposure Marine, which initially developed torches for the professional mountain bikers, and this led to producing torches which are incredibly powerful, superlight, and corrosion resistant, and therefore ideal for marine conditions. ...[more]


Product of the Week: Drawer fridge for cool-keeping and accessibility By Sail-World Cruisng, 10:07 AM Mon 16 Sep 2013
Tired of having to turn upside down to reach that special bottle at the very bottom of your super efficient sailing boat refrigerator? Now Dometic Marine WAECO have come up with a new cool 'CoolMatic CRD-50 Drawer Fridge' with a freezer compartment. The new, spacious drawer fridge gives boat owners convenient slide-out access to your refreshments. ...[more]


Rig your own sailing boat? Yes, you can! By RYA/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:43 AM Sun 25 Aug 2013
Do you rig your own boat? No? Do you even tune it yourself? How confident are you that you are doing it right? The Royal Yachting Association has come up with some timely help in the form of a new book entitled the RYA Rigging Handbook. ...[more]


Product of the Week: The LED ringed switch By Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising, 1:54 PM Fri 23 Aug 2013
There can be few things more valuable on a boat than being able to turn equipment on and off without the necessity to turn on a light - which may wake sleeping crew or destroy your night vision. That's where this week's Product of the Week, comes in, the LED-ringed switch. ...[more]


Product of the Week: The LED ringed switch By Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising, 12:32 PM Fri 23 Aug 2013
There can be few things more valuable on a boat than being able to turn equipment on and off without the necessity to turn on a light - which may wake sleeping crew or destroy your night vision. That's where this week's Product of the Week, comes in, the LED-ringed switch. ...[more]


Blackwells' Ten Tips for Voyaging Inexpensively By Alex and Daria Blackwell/ Sail-World Cruising, , 6:29 AM Tue 20 Aug 2013
Alex and Daria Blackwell, long-time cruising sailors and authors of the anchoring bible 'Happy Hooking', sail a 1976 Bowman 57 ketch ‘Aleria’. Here, with their Ten Tips, they make one of the strongest arguments for why you should not wait for that perfect boat or win the lottery before you go cruising: ...[more]


Mantus Anchor - out for a practical test run By Alex and Daria Blackwell/ Sail-World Cruising, 10:17 AM Fri 16 Aug 2013
Alex and Daria Blackwell, authors of 'Happy Hooking, the Art of Anchoring' recently took the Mantus Anchor, one of the 'new generation' anchors, out for a test run, and here is their response: ...[more]


ICE - a drug? hunk of frozen water? No, it's Super Sailcloth By Sail-World Cruising, 11:37 AM Wed 14 Aug 2013
New ICE - once you read this you might think you need it on your sailing boat. So - What is it? Is it a drug? Is it a hunk of frozen water? No, it's Super Sailcloth! Yes, Doyle Sails has announced the official launch of Stratis ICE, something they claim is is unique to their global network of lofts and very suitable for both cruising and racing sails. ...[more]


ICE - a drug? hunk of frozen water? No, it's Super Sailcloth By Sail-World Cruising, 9:44 AM Wed 14 Aug 2013
New ICE - once you read this you might think you need it on your sailing boat. So - What is it? Is it a drug? Is it a hunk of frozen water? No, it's Super Sailcloth! Yes, Doyle Sails has announced the official launch of Stratis ICE, something they claim is is unique to their global network of lofts and very suitable for both cruising and racing sails. ...[more]


Annapolis Boat Show - the Jimmy Cornell seminars, 13/14 Oct By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:12 AM Tue 13 Aug 2013
If you are thinking of long distance cruising and are anywhere within reach of Annapolis, you won't want to miss the two-day Long Distance Cruising Seminar on Sunday 13 October and Monday 14 October 2013, at the Maritime Institute Conference Center, Linthicum, Maryland, USA. ...[more]


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