Experts’ forum

IS CARBON ALWAYS THE ANSWER?

Selden Mast’s Susannah Hart explains why Maiden chose a carbon rig over aluminium. When Tracy Edwards’ crew set sail around the world on the newly revamped Maiden yacht they will do so with a carbon rig, made by Seldén Mast Ltd. But why? Especially when originally Maiden had aluminium spars, which served her so well in the epic 1989/90 Whitbread ...

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Choosing the perfect entertainment system for your boat

Kevin Lott, EMEA OEM Sales Director at Fusion Entertainment, offers his top tips for buying the ideal on board entertainment system. If you are looking to invest in a new audio entertainment system for your boat, there can seem to be an endless amount of options to choose from. But a word of warning – if your gear is not ...

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Preparing for the summer cruise

Steve Bockett, Ocean Safety Training Manager, helps sailors prepare for their summer cruises. During the summer many boat owners, with their families and friends, head off for a bit of a cruise. The traditional summer cruise is longer than the average weekend or overnight outing that most sailors undertake and needs quite a bit more planning. Starting with the route ...

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BOAT’S WINCHES

Winches are expensive and vital pieces of deck hardware that have a tough life and are often exposed to the elements all year round. So it is vital that you look after them. If the sheets or guy are snagging, binding or the winch is not rotating freely then it is time for maintenance. It is important to make sure ...

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Making upwind cruising more fun

Jeremy White, Loft Manager at Elvstrom Sails UK, offers some tips to bring the best out of your boat upwind, and make for a pleasurable sail too. Cruising upwind fills some sailors with doom and gloom. And, we often see cruising boats motoring upwind, sails flapping, bashing into the waves, which cannot be fun. Tell-tales To sail properly you need ...

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How technology is changing standard products into multi-functional safety aids

Tom Harrop, product manager at Exposure Lights, discusses smart lighting and safety. As well as being able to summon an Uber taxi or your dry-cleaning service on land, rapid changes in mobile technology has made its impact on boating safety. These advances are helping boaters access lower cost safety and navigation aids. Mobile APPs with navigation data have been available ...

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How on board electronics are aligning with tablets and smartphones

Alan Davis, Product Line Director B&G, looks at aligning portable devices with built-in electronics. The growth of tablets and smartphones has opened up a huge opportunity for sailors to view and control their navigation data on board. At face value a tablet offers a low-cost, portable way to view charts, navigation information and instrument data from anywhere on board, but ...

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The benefits of dry berthing your boat out of the water

Lee Pollock, boat yard manager, explains why dry berthing could be for you. There is nothing new about marinas offering dry sailing for racing yachts and dry stacking for small motorboats and RIBs. While you might be one of the many owners who prefer to keep their boat in the water so that it is always ready to sail away, ...

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STAYING SAFE WITH GAS ON BOARD

David J Waugh, managing director of Apollo Gas Ltd, considers the safety aspects relating to gas on board. For those of us with gas on board, it should be remembered that Butane or Propane is the single most dangerous substance we carry. It is more volatile than the gas we use at home and we use it in an environment ...

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