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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]
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]
Beneteau invites: Design your OWN Oceanis, just as you want it...
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
6:51 AM Wed 26 Jun 2013
The most successful sailing boat manufacturer in the world - Beneteau - probably knows that to stay ahead of the game they will always have to been seen as inventing something new, something so innovative that it will take the rest of the boating manufacturers of the world at least a season to catch up. So now they are suggesting that you can design your OWN boat. ...[more]
New 'Penguin' semi-sub: explore under the sea without getting wet
By Victoria Wollaston Mailonline/Sail-World Cruisng, ,
9:13 AM Fri 10 May 2013
Here's a great new toy for your super yacht or a green marine pastime for when you are not sailing. It's a bizarre semi-submarine that lets you explore the ocean floor without ever getting wet, from a company strangely called EGO. ...[more]
Sailing to be our space future as NASA's solar sail prepares to fly
By Jason Dorrier,Singularity Hub/Sail-World, ,
7:20 AM Wed 27 Mar 2013
Navigating space isn’t as easy as crossing oceans. As Jason Dorrier comments in this article, there’s no air, water, or earth to push your spacecraft in another direction. For space travel, rocket fuels and gravity-assist have been the best tools for over fifty years; but like rediscovering the past, the future will most likely be in SAILING the heavens to other planets and galaxies.. ...[more]
Hybrid project on Hallberg Rassy wins Royal Thames Mansura Trophy
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
7:36 AM Tue 26 Mar 2013
Armorel is a Hallberg Rassy 42 which was converted to hybrid propulsion as part of the EU funded 'HYMAR' project. She is being used as a trials boat to prove the latest developments in hybrid technology, and now the project has won the Royal Thames Mansura Trophy for Ocean Going and Coastal Division Technology. ...[more]
New tool in the war against Somali piracy
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
8:49 AM Fri 22 Mar 2013
In the fight against Somali piracy and in the hope that one day our oceans will again be safe for the roving sailor, there are many initiatives- the patrolling of the seas by some of the world's navies, the active work to return Somalia to a lawful state, and the serious arming of yachts and ships. Now the Israelis have adapted some of their military-use technology for the apprehension of pirates ...[more]
Marine products honored for innovation
By NMMA/Sail-World Cruising, ,
12:18 AM Sun 17 Feb 2013
Innovation is the lifeblood of development and this week ten marine products were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 72nd annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Most this year related to the general boating and fishing scene, but there were some sailing-oriented products among them ...[more]
Largest ever space sail for 2014 - it's the Sunjammer!
By Leonard David, Space.com/Sail-World Cruising, ,
9:20 AM Sun 3 Feb 2013
It's not windjammer, it's Sunjammer! Humans learned long ago to push a craft across the water using the wind. Now the pace is picking up as space scientists learn how to push a craft through space using photons from the sun.
The largest solar sail ever constructed is headed for the launch pad in 2014 on a mission to demonstrate the value of what is being called 'propellantless propulsion' ...[more]
World-first vibrating, underwater barnacle buster gets thumbs-up
By Sail-World Cruising round-up,
6:59 AM Tue 11 Dec 2012
The new world-first Waveblade barnacle remover may mean a seismic shift in the way we clean our sailing boat hulls, but more than that, there's a Scottish bank who thinks it's worth an investment of £550,000 to take the invention to the next level - that is, appealing to major oil, gas and shipping companies. ...[more]
Solar: a curious resemblance to the Maltese Falcon
By Lee Mylchreest,
10:00 AM Sun 2 Dec 2012
While there have been rumours about a new 'Maltese Falcon' style of superyacht around for months, Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard Design have now announced that they are behind the rumours. ...[more]
Robotic sailing boat sets off across the Atlantic
By The Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising, ,
9:52 AM Fri 30 Nov 2012
Syndicates have been attempting to sail the Atlantic for years with robot sailing boats with limited success, as part of the Microtransat Challenge. Now another somewhat different attempt is being made and, weather permitting, a robot sailing boat called Snoopy Sloop will begin its Transatlantic journey from Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, on Saturday. ...[more]
Deep Blue Electric Outboard by Torqeedo wins DAME Award
By METS/Sail-World Cruising, ,
6:17 AM Wed 14 Nov 2012
METS, the world's largest trade show of the international marine leisure industry. on now in Amsterdam, has just announced the winners of their annual DAME Design Awards. The overall winner of the Award for 2012 is the Deep Blue Electric Outboard by Torqeedo, of Germany, announced by the DAME jury today at the start of the show. ...[more]
'TimeZero Touch' a chart plotter winner with 'pinch and zoom'
By BW Media,
10:25 AM Wed 24 Oct 2012
The technology just gets better and better. Furuno TimeZero Touch has just won the 'Product of the Year' from The British Marine Electronics Association (BMEA) Conference 2012, which took place last week in Southampton. The product's multi-function display, with 'pinch and zoom' feature familiar to iPhone and iPad users, is the most advanced chart plotter and weather station currently available. ...[more]
Ikaros's two year sail through space - still doing well
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
9:04 PM Wed 10 Oct 2012
Sailing was the original way to get around the world's oceans without manpower - by harnessing the power of the wind. With the advent of steam and oil, sailing was thought 'old hat' for a while, merely for leisure sailors and historians. However, modern Japanese scientists at JAXA have gone back to sailing to transit through space, and the little sailing craft, called Ikaros, is doing well! ...[more]
Innovative sensors - a future use for cruising sailors?
By Photonics/Sail-World Cruising,
1:09 AM Wed 19 Sep 2012
Wouldn't you like to know when your mast or your boom has reached its structural limits? Know BEFORE there are any tell-tale signs visible? BEFORE it falls on top of you? A new technology is in the pipeline that could provide that information in the future, according to a new experiments by Wolfgang Schade and his team in Munich. ...[more]
Rescue response - a step up in future
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
2:01 PM Tue 4 Sep 2012
If you think rescue response across the world's oceans is already very good, you haven't seen anything yet. With the innovative thinking of a Surrey-based engineering firm, they are set to get a whole lot better. ...[more]
GPS navigation on iPhone/iPad just got easier for sailing America
By Nancy Birnbaum/Sail-World Cruising, ,
1:34 PM Mon 3 Sep 2012
With the updating of the boating app 'Simple Charts', navigation that is easy-to-use and affordable has never been so available for America’s Boaters, or for sailors just visiting. ...[more]
Super Rope Cinch: a hundred applications on a boat
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
10:25 AM Wed 1 Aug 2012
When clever individuals invent a new product, that's when the hard work starts. Tim and Dorothy Bourke invented one of the cleverest things you might ever see on a boat, with a hundred applications - the Super Rope Cinch - but that was back in 2009 and they've only just now received a patent. ...[more]
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