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New: Rail Pod allows easy retrofit of instruments in cockpit By Sail-World Cruising, , 11:07 AM Wed 10 Jul 2013
Current sailing boat designs often have very open cockpits with few options for installing retro-fit instruments. But the ingenuity of the commercial sailing world knows no bounds, and UK Company Scanstrut Ltd has extended their successful Scanpod range with the launch of the new Rail Pod. ...[more]

Coming soon - the latest MOB location gizmo By Des Ryan, , 7:52 AM Sat 22 Jun 2013
There are many who say that no sailor SHOULD ever fall overboard if he or she complies with all correct safety procedures. If a cruising sailors does end up overboard, given that most cruising sailors sail short-handed, history says there is almost no chance of their recovery. Having said that, the latest gizmos might defy that statistic in the future - and here's a cracker: ...[more]

Something to ponder - Is your GPS system 100% safe? By Simon Jinks, RYA/Sail-World Cruising, 11:41 AM Sun 16 Jun 2013
Is your GPS system 100% safe? Even if you have multiple redundancies on board your sailing boat, what happens if the signal actually fails? How could that happen and what about the alternatives to GPS now being rolled out? Would they be a solution? - or if not, now that fewer and fewer sailors are carrying complete paper charts, what IS the solution? ...[more]

Pocket Mariner launches nautical charts and navigation App By Kevin Doel, , 7:36 AM Sun 2 Jun 2013
Now here's another one. Pocket Mariner, the company behind popular sailing apps such as Compass Eye and Boat Beacon, has launched SeaNav, a nautical charts and navigation App. ...[more]

Inverter Installation: Troublshooting 101 By Don Wilson, , 7:16 AM Wed 22 May 2013
So you want to install an inverter, but with all the features and complexity of today’s more sophisticated units, you’re hesitant to take the plunge? Or, perhaps you’ve had some problems with your inverter, and you’re not sure if it’s a faulty unit … or a simple installation problem? ...[more]

Yacht Track Library - an ingenious new tool for cruising sailors By Daria Blackwell/Sail-World Cruising, 10:56 AM Tue 21 May 2013
At Sail-World Cruising we're always on the lookout for extra navigation aids to assist the cruising sailor, and we have found a beauty this week - and it needs your help to make it even better! ...[more]

Digital Media Locker plus Blue Tooth connection for a dry iPhone By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:58 AM Sat 18 May 2013
Using an iPhone on board sailing boats is becoming more and more common as the marine Apps increase, but this product of the week does much more than protect your iPhone in a hazardous environment. We thought it was worth featuring, with its new Blue Tooth connection. ...[more]

Ten quick tips to make boat cleaning less of a chore. By Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising, , 5:28 PM Wed 15 May 2013
If you put off cleaning your boat, you are inviting expensive trouble, but cleaning can be such a chore. Here are ten quick common sense tips from Shurhold to make your cleaning go faster and be more effective. ...[more]

Fuel filters recalled by Osculati By Sail-World Cruising, 7:51 AM Sat 11 May 2013
Because a small number of leaks have been reported on some products, Italian marine equipment firm Osculati is recalling all fuel filters with the part numbers 17.664.00-17.664.10 due to a potential safety issue. ...[more]

Choosing a chartplotter program for ActiveCaptain users By Tom Lochhaas/Sail-World Cruising, 10:23 AM Tue 7 May 2013
Tom Lochhaas has sailed all kinds of sailing boats - 14-foot Sunfish to a 50-foot ocean cruiser - in all kinds of waters for three decades. He has written widely about many different aspects of the sailing life. Here Tom offers some valuable tips about choosing a combination of chartplotter and the brilliant resource for cruisers, Active Captain, which comes in many modes: ...[more]

Words of wisdom from a Cruising Guru By Jack Klang/Sail-World Cruising, , 5:02 AM Sun 28 Apr 2013
These are the smartest words of wisdom that we've heard for a long time at Sail-World Cruising, and they come from a cruising guru of long standing. He's musing on the idea of 'Sailing with Confidence.' What does it actually mean - sailing with confidence? Here is what Jack Klang, of Quantum Sails, thinks: ...[more]

Love your sailing boat's belts and they will love you in return By Des Ryan/ Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 11:49 AM Tue 16 Apr 2013
When did you last replace the belts in your sailing boat's diesel engine? You didn't? Then you are waiting for the belt to snap just when you need it least. Let's face it, belts are not so expensive, and changing them regularly, rather than waiting until they snap, is the smart road to trouble free sailing. . ...[more]

World's tiniest PLB now certified for use By Alan Wrigley/Sail-World Cruising, 2:47 PM Fri 5 Apr 2013
The tiniest PLB in the world, introduced to the sailing world in January, has now been fully certified for use throughout Europe and the USA after being awarded relevant COSPAS-SARSAT and product approvals. The product will be available in Australia after launching in the next couple of weeks. ...[more]

Paper charts essential for the prudent sailor - or are they? By Neil Langford, SV Crystal Blues/Sail-World, , 7:31 AM Sun 31 Mar 2013
Ocean Cruising Club Award winners, Australians Neil & Ley Langford, are longtime, tech-savvy cruising sailors who install and manage most of the systems and technology onboard their New Zealand-designed Crystal Blues. They are currently in South East Asia. Recently Neil set about reviewing their collection of paper charts and disposing of some. What he discovered was surprising. ...[more]

Sail clear of these three dangerous wreck symbols! By John Jamieson, , 12:12 PM Fri 29 Mar 2013
Look at most any nautical chart and you will find symbols that signify dangerous wrecks. Here are three wreck symbols to get you started on the road to navigation safety wherever you sail. ...[more]

Paper charts essential for the prudent sailor - or are they? By Neil Langford, SV Crystal Blues/Sail-World, 10:00 AM Fri 29 Mar 2013
Ocean Cruising Club Award winners Neil & Ley Langford are longtime, tech-savvy cruising sailors who install and manage most of the systems and technology onboard their New Zealand-designed Crystal Blues. They are currently in South East Asia. Recently Neil set about reviewing their collection of paper charts and disposing of some. What he discovered was surprising. ...[more]

Getting your boat to shine in all weathers By Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:11 AM Sat 16 Mar 2013
Do you end up with 'swipe marks' on your boat after cleaning? Do your zippers jam with salt? Do you find that even rain dirties your boat? Apart from moving to somewhere pristine and unpolluted, what can you do about these challenges? Here the cleaning experts at Shurhold give their Top Seven Tips for effective and easy washing: ...[more]

Secure attachment innovation iPad/iPhone for sailing boats By Sail-World Cruising, 10:21 AM Tue 12 Mar 2013
With the iPad and iPhone becoming ever more useful for the sailor, with multiple apps available, a company was bound to come up with some secure attachment systems to made these items of new technology easier to use while sailing, and they did! Tallon Systems iPad mount and an Elite Socket with USB is just the ticket to make your cockpit work better. ...[more]

T200 thermal camera - ideal for smaller sailing boats By Polly Tyekiff/Sail-World Cruising, 7:03 AM Mon 11 Mar 2013
Raymarine’s new compact T200 thermal camera is ideal for sailors wanting all the advantages of the latest thermal technology without the hefty price tag. It's still not inexpensive, but unlike radar, which only lets the skipper know there is 'something' out there, a high quality Raymarine thermal camera like the T200 will show exactly what it is. ...[more]

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]

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