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Bespoke Stainless Exhausts for Big Cats

Bespoke Stainless Exhausts for Big Cats Engine builders Swaymar Marine have recently added bespoke stainless exhaust manifolds for big diesels to their list of custom kit and high-performance petrol engines. Already sole UK agents for Hi-Tek Marine’s one-piece stainless exhaust systems, one of the best exhaust manifolds available for a petrol sterndrive, they have now […]

Garmin Striker

Garmin Striker Garmin’s new Striker ranger is a great complement to their newly launched Echomap Plus. Though it has no true chartplotting facilities as such, it is GPS enabled and provides speed over ground and chart coordinates, as well as the ability to mark and navigate to waypoints. The Striker provides great in-depth (no pun […]

MasterTrim

MasterTrim Launched at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in November 2017, MasterTrim is the latest refinement to the concept of surface propulsion. Developed by Twin Disc for their surface-piercing Arneson Surface Drive range, MasterTrim is an automated trim control system. It works in principle with the various automatic outboard trim systems, such as Mercury’s Active […]

CB2000 AIS Transponder

CB2000 AIS Transponder The advanced CB2000 AIS transponder unit transforms the Icom IC-M506EURO and IC-M605EURO to VHF/DSC radios with Class B AIS transponders. The CB2000 also provides a simple solution for those customers who already own an IC-M506EURO or IC-M605EURO but wish to upgrade. The CB2000 connects to the NMEA 2000 network of either radio, […]

Icom-M85E VHF Handheld

Icom-M85E VHF Handheld Designed with an emphasis on commercial use, as well as marine leisure, the IC-M85E is a very compact, high-quality waterproof VHF marine handheld radio. It meets both marine and Private Business Radio (PBR) applications. Robustly constructed, the IC-M85E contains critical commercial features, including a built-in voice scrambler for total security, and emergency […]

Icom-M330GE

Icom-M330GE The IC-M330GE is the smallest fixed VHF radio on the market. Measuring only 156.5(W) × 66.5(H) × 110.1(D) mm, its face is the same size as a smartphone, making it ideal for a cockpit on RIBs and small sports boats. It has the same common user features as the latest Icom radios, including intuitive […]

LATEST NEWS

Fischer Panda UK Launch Panda PMS 19i

Fischer Panda UK have expanded their range of next-generation variable-speed iSeries ‘Perfect Power’ generators with the introduction of the Panda PMS 19i. The first installation of the versatile new mid-size generator has already been completed and commissioned after it was customised for a Tarquin 20m to replace an old 16kW unit. Weighing just 160kg (plus 16kg frequency […]

Leisure Sector Operator Acquires Marina

Lakeland Leisure Estates Ltd have announced the acquisition of the freehold interest in Deganwy Marina from the Crown Estate, thereby adding a fourth marina to their growing leisure portfolio. Deganwy Marina forms part of a prestigious development built in 2004 on the Conwy Estuary in North Wales. The fully equipped marina offers 165 berths along with hardstanding, car parking and […]

Couach Sell First 1500 Model

Couach have announced the sale of the first of their 1500 models. The Couach 1500 features a large bow area for relaxation and sunbathing at anchor or for enjoying the ride when underway. The extensive sun pads can be removed to allow natural light to flood into the master cabin below via the skylight. The […]

Concern Over Welsh ‘Drowning Gap’ Reaches London

A Welsh lifeboatman and his son made a barefoot protest at the London Boat Show 2018. Father and son Huw (43) and Steffan (9) Williams walked half-dressed and barefoot to the RNLI stand at the London Boat Show in a symbolic protest against the RNLI’s plan to remove the only all-weather lifeboat from the county of […]

Borrow a Boat

As the UK’s first peer-to-peer yacht charter platform, Borrow a Boat, which launched publicly at the London Boat Show in January 2017, have since been growing fast and are currently listing over 13,000 boats in 60 countries. The company is opening up boating, making it more flexible and accessible, and not only provides the Mediterranean […]

Sessa Celebrate 60 Years

2018 will be a year of celebration for Sessa Marine as they prepare to celebrate their 60th anniversary with the launch of six new models, including one of their new range of fast displacement boats. Sessa’s first appointment of the year was at the Boot Düsseldorf international show, where new versions of two of their […]

OTHER ARTICLES

Garmin ECHOMAP and ActiveCaptain

Garmin ECHOMAP and ActiveCaptain The Garmin ECHOMAP Plus series is a substantial update on the previous ECHOMAP range. Featuring bright, sunlight-readable 4″, 6″, 7″ or 9″ displays, this range of plotters is aimed at serving a large part of the market. The 6″ units are new to the ECHOMAP range, with more pixels and an […]

The Eagle Has Landed 

Brig are the world’s largest builders of RIBs, producing 5,500–6,000 inflatable boats each year … and growing fast! Brig are currently the best-selling brand in Australia and across Europe. They have also recently launched in the USA to great acclaim. Our staff on the factory floor and in the various office sections, our management team, […]

A Winter Sun Oasis

The recreation is obvious, but the place and the people get under your skin. The ocean down here draws you like the sirens’ call – little wonder the Portuguese are great seafarers. Its vastness doesn’t haunt you, it hugs you. A Winter Sun Oasis Ocean Blue HQ If you fancy an active out-of-season ‘summer’ along […]

Drysuits – Buyers Guide

Alex Smith examines some of the best drysuits money can buy. A drysuit is basically a waterproof, body-shaped garment built from a combination of neoprene, latex and Gore-Tex and sealed by means of a heavyweight rubber-lined zip. The zip runs either diagonally down the front of the garment (in which case, you can dress and […]

Cowes Classic – Powerboat Race 2017

The conditions in 2016 had been so difficult that only two of the fleet had managed to finish the race … Acclaimed by many as the most prestigious offshore powerboat race in the world … it was set to test the 10 teams that had entered to their limits. Solent Power Nikki Drummond, Sponsorship and […]

Retro Repower – Dragon 39

The boat was in good order, so nothing major needed doing. The electrics were a point of focus, with all the switching and instruments replaced. Greg Copp recounts the tale of how a successful refit increased the firepower of a Dragon … The Idea James Shepherd has had a long-standing powerboat racing passion that goes […]

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