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Category: Motorboats

New propulsion systems: future is behind the corner

To start with, let’s reply to a basic question and get rid of any hypocrisy: is sailing an ecological practice? If we are satisfied with dwelling in illusions and good intentions, then we’ll say <<of course it is, I sail without a drop of fuel,…

Sailboat building, lifecycle and disposal

Gentlemen, the time has come at last! I have gone to sea! Well, maybe “gone to sea” is a little too much, as I just sailed a friend of mine’s boat -a Lombard still in lockdown- moored at the port of Genoa from dock to…

Good boating practices: “In a marina”

Part one Let’s just get this straight: this won’t be a handbook, nor a soap opera, nor, above all, a yachtsman’s decalogue of good manners. None of that! This trilogy is, much more humbly, a reflection on good practices for sailing i.e. some cues to…

Field test

Osculati has sent me 5 products in order to review their quality and usability on board. Here’s my report. LED light for indoor purposes Osculati code 13.488.12 It’s a convenient recess-fit light that, depending on its location, can also be mounted without boring the support….

Boat licence courses

Those approaching the world of boating, and of sailing in particular, have soon to face the highly-varied and debated world of boat licences. Why? Simple: after the first experiences at sea, after the first courses or the first sailings as guests of friends, the next,…

Water on board: what to do?

“Everything on board may break…….and it’s likely that – sooner or later – it will” Who among us does not hardly withhold a talismanic gesture when hearing this old saying? Of course this is not the quintessence of confidence, however, in a pragmatic approach, being…

E-sailing again … and more

TRAINING FROM LOCKDOWN TO TAKE-OFF Recently we have talked about online training in this time of the virus and the issue is giving rise to quite animated debates. There are some who consider it only as a temporary solution and some, who, on the contrary,…

Review: Caframo Sirocco II fan

Let’s start from the end: great! I don’t usually take such an enthusiastic position but in this case I think it’s a product worth praising. In the Osculati catalogue and website its item code is 16.755.00 and I strongly recommend it. In the past I’ve…

I stay in port: Sailing at the time of the virus

We are all in the same boat….. or better: we can’t stay in the same boat unless a safe distance is maintained….No, that’s not true: we can’t stay in the same boat and that’s all! Guys, we can beat about the bush trying to find…

Hull polishing and care of teak

Boat fiberglass hull gealcoat finishing provides long-lasting and waterproof protection and improves resistance to salt corrosion and UV rays. However, over time, it tends to lose its brightness and to become matt. This is why hull polishing is recommended every 3-4 years to remove stains…

Your first cruise

This moment so imagined, dreamed and awaited for since your first sailing course, is now very near. Your first cruise without supervision is an important milestone to be remembered with pleasure, provided that a careful planning has left nothing to chance as plans may be…

Stainless Steel maintenance

Stainless steel has long embellished the boat environment with bright chromed accents   1 • Why is cleaning crucial? Contrary to common understanding, stainless steel is neither a stainless material nor impervious to corrosion. For this reason there are over 200 stainless steel grades featuring…