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Sep 25, 2017

Strong 38' Stays'l Schooner 'Aldarion' for sale

'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

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Sep 23, 2017

How a Marine EPIRB Can Get You into Trouble, As Well As Out Of It

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.

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Sep 23, 2017

Which Type of Boat Fridge Is The Most Efficient?

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

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Sep 22, 2017

Is Small Boat Radar Right for Your Sailboat?

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

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Sep 22, 2017

VHF Marine Radio; Which One is Right for Your Boat?

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?

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Sep 22, 2017

How a Marine AIS Unit Can Take Some of the Stress Out Of Sailing

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?

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Sep 21, 2017

Are Marine Watermakers Worth the Trouble?

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

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Sep 21, 2017

Controlled Marine Battery Charging for Reliable Onboard Electrics

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.

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Sep 21, 2017

Which Deep Cycle Marine Battery Best Fits Your 12V Power Requirements?

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!

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Sep 21, 2017

Lazyjacks, Slab Reefing and Mainsail Covers

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

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Sep 21, 2017

Fit A Boat Water Heater and Get Hot Water For Free!

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

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Sep 20, 2017

The Case for In-Mast Furling and Reefing Systems on Cruising Sailboats

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

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Sep 20, 2017

Don’t Let Your Boat Toilet Ruin Your Day!

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

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Sep 20, 2017

Headsail Roller Reefing Systems Can Jam If Not Set Up Correctly

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...

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Sep 20, 2017

A Parachute Sea Anchor, or a Drogue?

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?

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  1. Strong 38' Stays'l Schooner 'Aldarion' for sale

    Sep 25, 17 08:17 AM

    '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

    Read More

  2. How a Marine EPIRB Can Get You into Trouble, As Well As Out Of It

    Sep 23, 17 02:57 AM

    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.

    Read More

  3. Which Type of Boat Fridge Is The Most Efficient?

    Sep 23, 17 02:29 AM

    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

    Read More