Experts’ forum

UNDERSTANDING NMEA AND INSTALLATION ON YOUR BOAT

Phil Whitehurst is the CEO of NMEA specialist Actisense, a marine electronics manufacturer based in Poole. NMEA, which stands for National Marine Electronics Association, is a not for profit organisation based in the USA. Its mission is to improve communications between marine electronics manufacturers. The latest standard is known as NMEA 2000 or N2K and is intended as the eventual ...

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Marine heating systems – Buyer Beware

Peter Collard, technical manager for Eberspächer UK, who celebrate 40 years in the business this year, offers advice on buying a heating system. Many owners looking to extend their season or cruise in colder climates, may contemplate fitting an on board heating system. The popularity of the internet as a source of information, and marine discussion forums and blogs in ...

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Choosing a downwind sail

Jeremy White, Loft Manager Elvstrøm Sails UK, considers the factors involved in choosing the right downwind sail. There are times when drifting downwind with the jib not pulling simply will not get you home fast enough. And motoring is not the reason we own a sailing yacht. Choosing the right downwind sail enhances your sailing time, and is fun for ...

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Using emergency beacons to increase likelihood of rescue

Justine Heeley, Marine Director at McMurdo UK, shares some top tips on how to maximise your chance of rescue using emergency beacons. Anyone who is planning to go out on the water needs to be prepared for an emergency. It is vital that you not only carry the right equipment, but that you know what you should do in an ...

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The development of lifejackets and safety equipment

Spinlock’s James Hall looks at the evolution of lifejackets and associated safety equipment in recent years. There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been due to personal ownership. Rather than crew relying on lifejackets being on board a boat, they want to own their own lifejacket ...

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Simple steps to maximise performance on your boat

Rob Lyne, sales and marketing manager at Barton Marine, provides a number of solutions to help your crew work to the best of their ability. Maximising efficiency on your boat is important, especially when navigating solo or sailing with novices or young crew. There are many simple steps you can take as skipper to ensure you and your crew can ...

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Beginners’ guide to yacht sailing

Chris Warwick, principal of Universal Yachting, gives essential advice for beginners thinking about starting yacht sailing. You only have to head to the coast to see the wide array of yachts large and small, old and new, tucked away in marinas, anchorages, river moorings and harbours, all full of people enjoying themselves. There is nothing better than the relaxation and ...

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Start the new year with lifejacket maintenance

Jeremy Dale, Managing Director of SeaSafe Systems, explains why regular maintenance of lifejackets is essential. For some reason many people treat lifejackets in the same way as they treat old coats, in other words they pass them down and do not throw them away. They are kept somewhere on the boat for when those dirty jobs need to be done ...

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Selecting the best clothing for your sailing lifestyle

Andrew Dudgeon, Henri Lloyd Technical Product Manager, looks at choosing the best attire for your sailing needs and the future technology of marine apparel. Selecting the correct clothing can make a huge difference to a sailor’s comfort and performance, which in turn is vital for the wearer’s confidence, safety and agility whilst on board and overall enjoyment when on the ...

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The effect of weather on boaters’ eyes and keeping them healthy

Optometrist Sarah Farrant offers her top tips for keeping your eyes healthy at sea. Keep your peepers under wraps The weather can cause the moisture that lubricates our eyes to evaporate too quickly causing our eyes to stream with water or dry–up and feel gritty. Wearing wraparound sunglasses will protect your eyes not just from harsh UV rays but from ...

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