Kit News

Icom IC-M93D

The first ever sample of a new Icom handheld VHF/DSC was shown at the London Boat Show. Flown in especially from Japan, the new product, called the IC-M93D, is the next stage of evolution for a VHF/DSC handheld. This radio measures just 145mm tall and weighs 310g.  Despite its size, the IC-M93D features a 2.4 inch high contrast dot matrix, ...

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Boat protection

Visitors to the London Boat Show may have stopped off at Barton Marine’s stand to see the company’s Carbon Fibre and Kevlar wear and protection collection. The new PUR clear wear pads use the same material featured on race cars to protect them from chips and abrasion to boaters. Designed to help sailors and powerboaters protect key areas of a ...

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Ocean Safety now Ocean Signal distributor

Ocean Signal has appointed Ocean Safety as its exclusive distributor in the UK. Alan Wrigley, Managing Director of Ocean Signal, said: “Ocean Safety is an established specialist in marine safety products with renowned expertise covering a variety of equipment. We are therefore really looking forward to working with Ocean Safety to strengthen our presence in the UK in both the ...

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Ocean Safety’s new lifejackets

Seen for the first time in the UK were Ocean Safety’s new Kru Sport 185N and Kru Elite 195 lifejackets. The Kru Sport 185 is a new generation design, developed from Ocean Safety’s Kru Commodore. Its tailored ‘3D’ profile is formed to instantly fit and there is a ‘mini burst’ zip to make inflation extra-fast when needed. When inflated the ...

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SQUALL JACKET

The Henri Lloyd Squall Jacket been designed for marine use, but is also adaptable for casual wear. The jacket, which is 100 per cent waterproof and windproof, has a fleece lining for warmth and the quilted sleeve linings reduce interlining binding making it easier to use the jacket as part of a layering system. Colors: New Red, Morning Cloud, Marine ...

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rescueMe MOB1

The rescueMe MOB1 is the world’s smallest AIS Man Overboard personal locator device. It can be in a pocket or attached to a lifejacket, and if the person accidentally falls overboard it automatically activates on hitting the water. The signal can be picked up by the AIS receivers of nearby vessels. £249.95 www.oceansafety.com

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NAUTICAL MUGS

This tough enamel mug is definitely ideal to have on board. It is made on Second World War machinery and will look the part on any boat. You can buy it singly or as a box of two to avoid arguments. Price: £12.50 each, box of 2 is £20 arthurbeale.co.uk

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Garmin chartplotter/sonar combination units

Garmin has a new line of affordable chartplotter/sonar combination units with built-in CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP DownVüTM and SideVü, scanning sonar. All models are preloaded with detailed Bluechart G2 charting covering the UK, Ireland and the north west coast of mainland Europe. The echoMAP CHIRP series will be available in January 2016. £299 – £969 www.garmin.com/marine2016

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SAILING BOOTS

The Alizé sailing boot has been designed to combine maximum stability and comfort. The rubber style is flexible, durable and resistant to salt water. The boot also features a fastening gaiter to lock the leg to the boot and prevent water access. The sole, developed with Michelin, has a dual tread design that prevents slipping in all directions. Price: £150 ...

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New furler design

Barton Marine’s new furler will make controlling the jib a breeze. Made of fibreglass filled nylon giving it strength and rigidity, the furler is available in two sizes to cater for sails up to six square meters or 10 square meters. The furler is easy to self-fit onto dinghies, dayboats and small cruising yachts. The line attachment is invisible to ...

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