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Category: Articles

Life aboard: rules and roles.

Like in any family, company or group of people that join to manage their daily life, also life on board needs rules and roles. So parents become the partners of a company and a company’s CEO becomes the master of a ship. But, to make…

Review: Kit to cover steering wheels with leather

Osculati item code: 65.527.01 I have had the pleasure to test this kit supplied by Osculati in a convenient display packaging containing all what is necessary to cover a steering wheel: N. 2 strips of pre-punched leather, needles and sewing thread and a punch. I…

The boat launch after winterization

After winter storage it is now time to let our cuddle-eager “baby” have a bath. Let’s see how to prepare it for the launch. As described in the article about winter storage, some steps are similar and have to be repeated before boat launching, while…

Improve safety on board

Many people ask me how to improve their safety and their boat safety equipment. Given that we all have our own navigation style, most of the boats I visit aren’t compliant with their national marine standards for what concerns safety equipment: the liferaft is stuck…

Osculati antifouling paints: how to choose the right product

Any boat left in water longer than a fortnight needs to be treated with antifouling paints. The growth of algae and fouling organisms causes increased fuel consumption, performance reduction and, on a longterm basis, phenomena of osmosis with consequent possible damage to the grp hull….

Internet on board: how to connect in and offshore

A fast and reliable onboard connection is a major advantage for the modern sailor. Weather forecasts are available in real time and you can also work on board your boat. This article explores the main connectivity options when sailing in- and offshore, in Italy and…

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…

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…

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…