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Smallest Personal Locator Beacon Available from Ocean Signal

Smallest Personal Locator Beacon Available from Ocean Signal

Personal Locator Beacons, like the new rescueME PLB1 from Ocean Signal, offer a huge safety advantage for boaters.

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2014 Miami International Boat Show Opens Today

2014 Miami International Boat Show Opens Today

We’re in Miami for the opening of the 2014 Progressive® Miami International Boat Show and it’s clear from the exhibits on display, the boats in the water and the news already making headlines that there is a new optimism in the boating industry.

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Expedition Medical Kits — For Journeys Long and Short

Expedition Medical Kits — For Journeys Long and Short

The Expedition Medical Chest series is unlike the cheap kits you get from the typical marine supply house, these kits are stocked with professional-grade supplies and tools to help you deal with health emergencies while at sea.

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Victoria Allman Breaks-In a Trawler Galley

Victoria Allman Breaks-In a Trawler Galley

At last week’s Trawler Fest, our own favorite professional chef, Victoria Allman, treated a group of VIP guests of Kadey-Krogen to an evening of haute cuisine hors d’oeuvres (classy snacks).  For two evenings, Victoria gave the gorgeous galley aboard the Krogen 55′ Expedition a workout.  The Kadey-Krogen folks (author Shannon Band, actually) wrote about the […]

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Hide-a-Davit Hangs the Dinghy Off the Swim Platform

Hide-a-Davit Hangs the Dinghy Off the Swim Platform

There are lots of options for hanging the dink off the swim platform; some better than others and among all a wide range of cost variation.  The Hide-a-Davit demonstrated in this LaConner Maritime video is one example of a fairly sophisticated system, involving hydraulic rams to raise and lower capture arms. This particular system features stainless […]

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Judging Innovation in the Boat-Building Biz

Written by on September 29, 2010 in Electronics, Gear & Apparel, Powerboats, Sailboats, Technology with 2 Comments
Judging Innovation in the Boat-Building Biz

As I write this, I’m on my way back home from the “IBEX” international Boatbuilders Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky, where I served as one of the judges in a panel that gave out a series of awards to recognize innovation in new products.  IBEX is a unique, trade-only show where the people who make everything […]

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Protector Offers a Unique Yacht Tender

Protector Offers a Unique Yacht Tender

Late last week, Protector USA announced the availability of a new, extremely unique, 20′ yacht tender (or ski boat, sailing coach/support boat?) called “Protector – the Jet.” The design marries the classic high-performance Protector RIB hull to a Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO personal watercraft, which serves as the propulsion, control and main seating station. Tiffany […]

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How to Mark Your Anchor Chain

How to Mark Your Anchor Chain

This post is the result of an item on Jeffrey Siegel’s personal blog, Taking Paws, on which he and his wife Karen document their travels aboard aCappella, a 53′ RPH DeFever trawler.  The subject of marking your anchor chain is a popular one on forums and discussion boards around the boating world, and one of the […]

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Here’s Why You Need an iPad on the Boat

Here’s Why You Need an iPad on the Boat

by Christine Kling     (Editor’s Note — Chris Kling is a sailor with with more than 30 years of experience on the oceans of the world. She’s also an English professor at Broward College, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the published author of the Seychelle Sullivan series of mysteries, including SURFACE TENSION (2002), CROSS […]

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Take the Poll — What’s the Ideal Tender Outboard?

Take the Poll — What’s the Ideal Tender Outboard?

If you could have the perfect outboard for your dinghy or tender, what would it be?  A diesel perhaps, because you’re already carrying hundreds or thousands of gallons of that fuel and because looking for and storing gasoline is such a pain in the neck, not to mention dangerous? I’ve long thought, for example, that […]

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Fugawi Announces NavPlanner 2 and Updated Marine ENC

Fugawi Announces NavPlanner 2 and Updated Marine ENC

Fugawi recently announced the release of Navionics NavPlanner2, powered by Fugawi. The company also said it has released version 4.5.5 of its Fugawi Marine ENC. NavPlanner2 is an atlas of U.S. coastal waters, navigable waterways, and more than 12,000 inland lakes for use on a home computer for map viewing, searching, printing, waypoint planning and […]

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Will Your Liferaft Work When You Need It?

Will Your Liferaft Work When You Need It?

Last year’s “Baja Ha Ha,” the fleet cruise from San Diego to Mexico, provides yet another impetus for all ocean cruisers to reconsider their liferaft situation. You DO have one, right?  And it HAS been maintained, inspected and re-certified, right? And you actually know what’s stored in it and how to use it, right? And […]

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Interlux Recalls New Compass Varnish

Interlux Recalls New Compass Varnish

Sometimes I guess you can just have too much of a good thing. The case in point here is Interlux’s new Compass varnish, introduced last fall, which incorporated a new, fast-drying chemistry. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a little bit too fast-drying. An OceanLines reader in North Carolina noticed cans of the varnish being […]

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Second Great Technique for Dinghy Anchoring

Second Great Technique for Dinghy Anchoring

Our recent piece by Jeff Siegel of ActiveCaptain about a novel dinghy anchoring technique stimulated quite a bit of discussion from readers and we even heard about another, possibly even better, technique from John Marshall, owner of the Nordhavn 55 Serendipity. Marshall discovered a particular product that makes the process of anchoring the dinghy off […]

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Blackberry Weather App for Coastal Cruisers

Blackberry Weather App for Coastal Cruisers

Mobile Mariner LLC has announced the official launch of the Mobile Mariner™ for the Blackberry® smartphone, which will provide NOAA marine weather forecasts, tide information and life weather conditions for the coastal United States, including the Great Lakes. More upcoming releases will expand the application to other smartphone platforms and cover more international areas. Mobile […]

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