Industry News

Legends & Trailblazers of the South African Boatbuilding Industry

by Richard Crockett Our local boating industry has tended in the past to hide its talent, and in fact be very backward in coming forward and promoting itself. But in recent years there have been serious attempts to change this, and these are now beginning to bear fruit. The South African Boatbuilding Export Council (SABBEX) and Boating South Africa are slowly, but surely, creating top of the mind awareness for our boating industry, both locally and internationally thanks to Bruce ... Read More »

FLIR Introduces Raymarine Element S Navigation Displays

FLIR Systems has announced Raymarine Element™ S, a new series of navigation displays for cruisers and sailors. Building on the success of FLIR’s Raymarine Element HV Series with HyperVision™ sonar, the Element S models feature a superior all-weather display, best-in-class speed, and straightforward operation, while delivering confidence-inspiring GPS navigation to captains who don’t want or need the capability or extra expense of sophisticated sonar. Element S is available in 7-, 9-, and 12-inch display models, all of which feature bright, ... Read More »

Volvo Penta Collaborates with Leading Catamaran Builder Fountaine-Pajot on Electromobility Venture

With the intention of creating greater onboard convenience and a more natural sailing environment, Fountaine-Pajot will assist in the installation, trials and demonstration of Volvo Penta’s pioneering electromobility technology. Volvo Penta has announced that it is to collaborate with leading French boat builder Fountaine-Pajot as it prepares to demonstrate its latest prototype electromobility technology. The initiative is part of Volvo Penta’s commitment to offer electrified solutions in its marine and industrial product ranges. This is being driven by Volvo Penta’s ... Read More »

Raymarine Axiom Now Fully Supports Oceanic’s Volumetric Fuel Senders

Raymarine’s latest LightHouse software upgrade release now fully supports Oceanic Systems’ Fuel Sender Volumetric output and tank shape calibration! LightHouse Annapolis 3.9 software has just been released which can now calibrate and display Oceanic’s Fuel Sender Volumetric data. This means the user can know exactly how much fuel they have on board no matter what shape their tank is. This AXIOM software release allows the installer or user to input their volumetric calibration information directly into the AXIOM and display ... Read More »

Raymarine Axiom now Supports Yamaha Command Link Integration

Raymarine’s Axiom MFD series can now display the instrumentation for up to 4 Yamaha outboard engines on a single display. FLIR has announced the addition of Yamaha Command Link and Command Link Plus integration into Raymarine’s family of Axiom® multifunction displays. This new capability is one of many new features introduced with the recent release of the LightHouse Annapolis 3.9 operating system for Axiom. Certified by Yamaha, Raymarine’s Axiom series of multifunction can now display the instrumentation for up to ... Read More »

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing Partners with the NSRI

Last week the first of two new Search and Rescue vessels was launched in Cape Town. After extensive research and development, the decision was made to have the first vessel, a 14m SAR ORC ‘Alick Rennie’ built to completion in France and the second vessel, the ‘Donna Nicholas’ built as a hull, deck and bulkheads in France, to be completed locally in South Africa. Both vessels were designed by naval architects Pantocarene and manufactured by Bernard Shipyard in France. ‘It ... Read More »

Raymarine’s New LightHouse OS Update Revealed

New LightHouse Annapolis 3.9 operating system unlocks exciting new features and functionality for Raymarine MFDs Home to thousands of boaters, steeped in rich maritime tradition and a magnet for generations of sailors, powerboaters and fishermen, the coastal city of Annapolis is the inspiration behind the name of Raymarine’s latest LightHouse operating system update. Beginning with LightHouse 3.9, Raymarine is adopting alphabetical names for LightHouse OS updates that pay homage to the great boating destinations of the world. Whether you sail, ... Read More »

Cape Point Sailing & Rigging Co.

Jeremy Bagshaw is a name well known is sailing circles, not just as a solid yachtie, but also as a man who was able to share his thoughts and sailing experiences with well crafted articles, many of which appeared in SAILING Magazine. Having shelved his long term cruising plans, he recently started a rigging business together with two very talented and committed yachties, being Marcello Burricks and Kenwin Daniels. Cape Point Sailing & Rigging Co. (Pty) Ltd is the company, ... Read More »

The Marine Technology Experience – ‘Proven by Adventure’

For many adventure-seekers travelling to their dream destinations, a power yacht or catamaran is typically how the journey of a lifetime begins. The yacht charter industry has long had the ability to capture the hearts of boaters and non-boaters alike. However, as in other sectors, continuous innovation is vital in order to keep pace with the needs of consumers. As modern society moves from material to experiential spending, power yachts and catamarans remain the ideal platform for those with a ... Read More »

SWI-TEC Bosuns Chair

We all love our boats and it is fact that we have to climb up the mast regularly to effect repairs. It can be very labourious, especially when you have to fix or clean something where you need further equipment. In order that you can concentrate on the work, SWI-TEC has designed a Bosuns Chair that is fully equipped with all conveniences. The sitting surface consists of an integrated wooden board that allows one to sit comfortably – even for ... Read More »

FLIR Introduces Assisted Docking Technology

FLIR Systems, Inc. today announced the Raymarine DockSense™ assisted docking system, the marine industry’s first intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating. DockSense system uses FLIR machine vision camera technology and video analytics to integrate intelligence gathered from surrounding imagery with the vessel’s propulsion and steering system to assist boat owners in tight quarter docking manoeuvring. Additionally, FLIR announced that Prestige Yachts, a Groupe Beneteau brand, will become the first to demonstrate the technology. Docking ... Read More »

Seascape Marine Services Appointed Zipwake Dealer

Seascape Marine Services in Cape Town have now added Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems to its portfolio of quality marine products. Sweden’s Zipwake has teamed up with Seascape Marine Services in South Africa – a leading supplier of marine products and services representing brands such as Yanmar Marine, Hamilton Jet, Kohler Marine, D torque, Eliche Radice and Cox diesel outboards. Seascape, which is based in Cape Town, will represent Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems in order to focus on the ... Read More »

New Raymarine Element Sonar

Raymarine have launched a completely new line of Sonar/GPS navigation displays. This new Element line features Raymarine’s new HyperVision™ 1.2 megahertz sonar technology, quad-core performance, and their new LightHouse Sport operating system. Element Sonar: Turn Up the Resolution With an unprecedented built-in 6-channel sonar, Element delivers the sharpest view of the underwater world. HyperVision™ 1.2 megahertz super-high resolution CHIRP technology takes DownVision, SideVision, and RealVison 3D sonar to the next level of precision imaging and fish identification, letting anglers identify ... Read More »

Yanmar Showcases Complete Line-Up

Yanmar is highlighting the advanced technology and innovations behind its complete lineup of sailboat and powerboat engines at this year’s boot Düsseldorf show. The leading supplier of innovative engines and technology-driven marine propulsion systems is introducing its new 4LV250 sterndrive marine diesel engine to showcase for the first time alongside the popular Yanmar 6LY and 8LV series and the proven JH common rail (CR) series of sailboat engines. Offering exceptional acceleration, fuel efficiency, quiet and virtually smoke and odour free ... Read More »

Raymarine: FLIR Launches Next Generation Raymarine VHF Radios

FLIR has launched its next-generation Raymarine VHF radios. The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC). Each new VHF model is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the GPS reception when the radio is mounted below deck or in an enclosed pilothouse. Designed to complement the modern style of Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays, these ... Read More »