Countdown to Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2021: Cruisers 34 GLS

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This new 34fter from one of America’s favourite boating brands is all about family fun. If ever there was a nautical version of Dr. Who’s space-defying Tardis, it could well be the latest from Wisconsin-based Cruisers Yachts, the 34 GLS. In this compact, high-sided 34fter – it’s actually closer to 36ft bow to stern – […]

Countdown to Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2021: Greenline 68 Oceanclass Hybrid

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Tree-huggers rejoice. Greenline’s new hybrid flagship, the Greenline 68 Oceanclass Hybrid, can run, as well as have fun, in the sun. There are times when you just want to enjoy the peace, the quiet and the squawk of seagulls on the bow rail. With Greenline’s latest hybrid-powered 68-footer/20-metre, making its show debut at the 2021 […]

2022 Invincible 33 Catamaran

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Overview I used to dis on catamarans. The early designs were soft-riding but wobbled over the seas like a drunken sailor. That’s all different with Invincible’s Morrelli and Melvin hull designs. The hull-style name is a mouthful. A “hybrid semi-asymmetrical hull” applies the best characteristics of an asymmetrical catamaran with the stable-at-rest and soft-riding behavior […]

Honda Marine redesigns two outboards and introduces a new smart boating app

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Honda Marine made some important announcements at the recent IBEX show in Tampa. They engineered a significant redesign with the Honda BF115 and BF150 outboards, and introduced an all-new model, the Honda BF140, replacing the BF135. The company also introduced HondaLink Marine, a new, integrated smartphone application that provides owners with complete, remote monitoring capability and ownership information […]

Best chartplotters: new MFDs that every boat owner should consider

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Rupert Holmes takes a look at new chartplotters launched at the recent Southampton Boat Show and explains why they’re worth a closer look… Homescreen for easy navigation of the software on the Raymarine Axiom + MFD One of the best ways to choose new marine electronics is to get your hands on kit from a […]

Navigation Apps You Can Take for a Sail

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By using auto-routing, passagemaking and weather-routing apps, websites and services, the connected captain can make the most of offshore adventures. (muratart/)Among the big challenges when planning a long-distance ­passage can be knowing when to leave, how to take advantage of the best weather windows along the way, and what waypoints to set to get you […]

6 best sun protection and comfort kit for sailors

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Toby Hodges takes a look at some of the best sun protection kit on the market for sailors from hammocks and fans to sunscreens and hats Year-round exposure to the sun and the double-hit of rays reflecting off the water means that sailors have a high risk of skin damage, making sun protection key onboard. […]

Toy of the month: Blu3 Nemo takes snorkelling to the next level

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Scuba diving – getting up close and personal with marine life – is fantastic, but it’s also time-consuming to gain the qualifications needed to do it, and it (literally) requires a boatload of expensive equipment. Which is why most of us paddle around on the surface with a snorkel, wishing we could venture a little […]

Smartgyro announces new SG20 at IBEX

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Smartgyro has announced the addition of the SG20 unit to further expand its unique range of advanced gyroscopic stabilizers. The latest model is suitable for boats from 45 feet to 55 feet and strengthens Smartgyro’s comprehensive line-up of stabilizers to provide more options for boat owners and builders. Encompassing vessels from 45 feet to 70 […]

Best boat binoculars: 3 top options on the market

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Good binoculars are always worth the investment, but finding the best boat binoculars can be something of a skill. Bruce Jacobs cuts through the jargon and picks three top pairs For sailors choosing the best boat binoculars can be a difficult call. What areas should you be looking to prioritise? Every sailor knows that anxious […]