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Category: Sailboats

Vade mecum for sailboat dry storage

  Once the season of joy has come to an end, here it comes the season of troubles…. Those who have to separate from their beloved boat for some months often have to beach and winterize it. Here is the step-by-step procedure.   • Remove…

Guide: onboard batteries

Batteries are the heart of the electrical system: they start the engine and power all the boat electrical devices (lights, electric instruments, radio, fridge, etc.). These two fields of application are markedly different: engine starting needs very high currents (up to 700-900 Ampere) for a…

KIDS ABOARD. Family navigation in the wave of safety and fun.

Sailing lovers who have kids can heave a sigh of relief: family and sailboat aren’t incompatible and no one will be obliged to give up one’s own passions. More and more parents in fact rediscover the pleasure of seafaring life with their children because family…

Test: SKYWATCH Eole-Meteos portable windmeter

The windmeter tested immediately reveals good quality from the very packaging and confirms this objet as a professional instrument. This device is simple and user-friendly: just take off the protective cap from the 3-blade impeller – quite surprisingly it’s not fitted with the traditional cups,…

Test Europump 3000 – 24V

To improve the removal of water from the sail store I have decided to replace the existing pump with a higher flow rate one and the choice fell on the submersible pump Europump 3000 Osculati. The pump is delivered in a white cardboard box, instructions…

REVIEW: Twist anchor swivelling connector

I’ve had the chance to test the Osculati Twist connector (01.738.02) for over 2 months. It immediately struck me for its strength and studiness, and it’s even more so when considering it weighs 1.5 kg. Installation is simple using the same system of the smaller…

Guide: lifejackets

A diligent sailor always wears a lifejacket. Very often, however, due to summer heat or as sailors usually consider themselves experts, this important equipment lies forgotten in the locker. In countries which benefit from a widespread nautical culture such as France and Great Britain the…

Checking a used boat: accessories

When checking a used boat, keep your notebook at hand to note what easily leaps out and make your list which will be very useful if, after careful negotiation and evaluation, the purchase agreement is successful. Let’s start our virtual visit and imagine the boat…

VHF: performance and procedures

VHF is the device ‘par excellence’ for safe navigation, effective when used in full knowledge of its performance and procedures. The range of VHF radio communications doesn’t come first and foremost from the device power but above all from the position height of the transmitter’s and…

Tips & tricks: Mooring lines

In the choice of mooring lines what is important is not to underestimate the role they play. As it is when your boat is at dock, or lies at anchor or tied-up that you really put it at risk! Massive damage are caused by a…

Navigation lights

Navigation lights: shall be paid much more attention than we usually dedicate them Pleasure boats usually have 4 navigation lights: 1) Navigation lights – Green and Red (112.5° on each side) 2) Stern light – White (135°) 3) Steaming light – White oriented towards the…