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Category: Reviews

Fenders: the boat’s airbags

Boat you see, fenders you find. Essential accessories at the dock, fenders are, however, among those most subject to free interpretation, sometimes even quite suggestive. Yet, basic rules are there. Let’s start from the beginning. Fenders, especially since the hulls are drawn with a decorative,…

Autumn cruise: Capraia, the little treasure chest

The small islands of the Mediterranean, especially the ones a few hours of navigation from the continent, have a great advantage and a great disadvantage: the former is that they are easily reachable. The disadvantage is that they are stormed by boats of all kinds…

Cartography: can we do without paper charts?

If we do an excursus on the most recent sailing yacht layouts, we can notice that, gradually, the dimensions, the chart table’s importance and functionality have changed significantly. Particularly, we can notice how the table’s dimensions drastically reduced and its functionality has changed clearly in…

Memories of nautical chart table

You used to use me to track the route On all boats beyond a certain size (even quite reduced actually) is proudly displayed a furniture element that, until not so long ago, was a real cult piece. It was a sort of secular temple that…

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….

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…

Review: underwater LED light

Osculati code: 13.640.01 The item comes in a nicely made box including instructions and screws for installation, like any other product by Osculati. I tried item number 13.640.01, a light designed for hull mounting: drill a bore large enough to let the power cord through…

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…

Review: Bath telescopic ladder

Osculati code: 49.541.74 Stainless steel bath ladders by Osculati are very interesting products. The one I tried is item 49.541.74. Made of telescopic elements, it’s convenient, and it can be fully folded after use fastening the steps with the Velcro strap it is fitted with…

Review: Fuel meter kit

Osculati code: 27.160.00 I gladly tested the sensor of the 27.160.00 kit as I found myself having to replace the old sensor in the second diesel tank, which was a capacitive one. The Osculati sensor I tested is a resistive-type tilt bar sensor.  As I…

Review: Free-standing watertight LED light fixture

Osculati code: 13.192.20 This interior light comes in the traditional packaging by Osculati, including installation accessories and instructions, also printed on the package. I took item 13.192.20 as a sample. It’s got a curved rubber-lattice base ideal for mounting under the boom or on tubular frames…

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,…