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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]


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]


CYCA Trust improves search capabilities in Queensland By Newsmail/Sail-World Cruising, , 12:00 PM Sat 2 Nov 2013
RACQ CareFlight Rescue is making tracks for improved search capabilities thanks to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Safety of Life at Sea Trust which has helped fund two flight tracking systems. ...[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]


Marlborough joins the NZ debate on compulsory life jackets By Marlborough Express/Sail-World, , 9:55 AM Sun 27 Oct 2013
The Marlborough district on the north east of the south island of New Zealand has joined the current debate about boaters being forced to wear, not just carry, life jackets when boating. As the regulation would apply to all vessels under 6 metres, it would catch the tender dinghies of all sailing boats. ...[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]


Transmitter maintenance could affect BBC Marine Forecast By RYA/Sail-World Cruising, , 6:15 AM Wed 9 Oct 2013
If you are to be sailing in UK waters in 2014, put the dates in your diary. Essential transmitter maintenance could affect BBC Shipping Forecast as the BBC’s Droitwich transmitter will undergo essential maintenance during 2014. From approximately April to mid-August the 12:01 2014 shipping forecast will potentially be transmitted at a lower power or maybe inaudible on LW for that period. ...[more]


World's most dangerous waters, by the WWF and Allianz By Lee Mylchreest, 6:54 AM Sat 5 Oct 2013
For we who might want to sail away into the sunset, we need to know that the ocean varies widely on the other side of that horizon. Apart from all the other knowledge we need to take with us, we should be aware of which are the most dangerous ocean areas on earth, just this year identified by a studies the WWF and insurance giant Allianz ...[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]


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]


Six basic rules for taking your pet sailing By Sail-World Cruising, , 8:15 AM Mon 2 Sep 2013
There are regulations covering the crew and visitors on your sailing boat, but what about your seafaring pets? One veterinarian is appealing for folks who take their dogs on boats to prepare carefully and take care of pets adequately while boating. ...[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]


New Zealand's South Island better at wearing life jackets By OTD/Sail-World, 6:08 PM Wed 21 Aug 2013
New Zealand's South Island leads the pack on the wearing of life jackets. All right, it's only a pack of two, but being in the lead is a cause for celebration according to one Otago harbour master. ...[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]


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