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'Aldarion' is a Bermudian staysail schooner, 37’9”(length overall) x 32’ (waterline length) x 12’3” (beam) x 5’6” (draft) + bowsprit. UK registered. Lying
Activating a marine EPIRB or a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) when you're not in distress can get you in big trouble with the Coastguard, as this cautionary tale relates.
The top opening boat fridge is reputed to be more efficient than the front opening type, but that may not be the case - and here, amongst other boat refrigeration considerations, is why
Expensive and power thirsty though small boat radar might be, there are times when you wouldn't really want to be without one. Here's what we found
If you're looking to buy a VHF Marine Radio the choice can be a bit overwhelming. So what should it be, a fixed VHF or a handheld VHF? Maybe one with AIS or GPS built in perhaps?
But what type of marine AIS unit best suits your needs? A Class A Transponder, a Class B Transponder or an AIS Receiver unit coupled to your chartplotter?
The marine watermakers' reputation for unreliable is usually a result of faulty installation or, more often, lack of use. Here's how to get the best out of a reverse osmosis watermaker
Here's how to ensure that your marine battery charging regime properly matches the capacity of your boat's battery banks and keeps pace with the daily current draw down.
A Deep Cycle Marine Battery is definitely the way to go, but which type is best? A liquid lead acid boat battery or one of the Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) types? Find out here!
With reefing cringles and pennants now a thing of the past, lazyjacks are the most popular way of containing a slab-reefed mainsail. Combined with a mainsail cover, it's win/win all round
Fitting a boat water heater is usually straightforward, and will supply free hot water via your engine's cooling system for a warm, refreshing shower. Here's how it works
Many cruising sailors are wary of in-mast furling systems, claiming that they're prone to jamming. This experienced offshore sailor shows us exactly to how to avoid this problem
Perhaps you really do need a new boat toilet, but could it be that your problems are due to a poor installation, lack of maintenance or misuse? Find out here
When headsail roller reefing systems jam there's usually just one reason for it. This is what it is, and here's how to prevent it from happening...
Two ways of dealing with heavy weather at sea are heaving-to with a parachute sea anchor, or running-before under a drogue streamed from the stern, but which is the better option?