Industry News

South African Boat Builders Export Council re-joins ICOMIA

SABBEX, the South African Boat Builders Export Council, is a national export association registered with the Department of Trade and Industry with the primary purpose of promoting South Africa as a globally competitive and reputable boat building nation. Through developing awareness around the manufacture of boats, yachts, multihulls, catamarans, vessels and inflatables in South Africa to the international market, SABBEX aims to assist industry with access to markets and export marketing activities, and help gain traction in specific markets around ... Read More »

Raymarine Launch New Axiom Pro Multifunction Displays

Raymarine has expanded the range of Axiom multifunction displays (MFD) with the introduction of the new Axiom Pro. Designed for serious enthusiasts and professional captains, Axiom Pro is packed full of exciting new features. Offshore Rated • Available RealVision 3D sonar with a 1 kW CHIRP sonar built-in • All-in-one MFD and sonar solution for serious anglers Intuitive Control • LightHouse 3 OS with HybridTouch control • Multi-touch interaction and rough weather keypad control • Easy-to-use multi-function rotary control Powerful ... Read More »

Charter. Experience An Adriatic Adventure with Sunsail

Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers and discover Sunsail’s newest flotilla route in Korčula, Croatia, available to book now for the summer of 2018. The ancient Greeks dubbed Korčula ‘The Black Island’ because of its dense, dark forests, and it remains one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic. Korčula Town is a medieval walled city that was occupied by the Venetians for 800 years from the tenth century onwards, leaving their distinctive mark on the culture and architecture ... Read More »

82-foot Carbon High Performance Sailing Cat

A new 82′ all-carbon High Performance Catamaran (HPC) is currently under construction at Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing in Cape Town. She is designed by Du Toit Yacht Design. The ‘Windoor’ is one of the newest features incorporated into the design. It allows for huge amounts of natural ventilation with infinite adjustment options at the touch of a button. The design is a take on a ‘Gullwing’ style door, which hinges on the forward end of the coachroof top with mechanical ... Read More »

Garmin quatix 5 Marine GPS Smartwatch Series

Garmin has now added autopilot control, the ability to mark MFD waypoints – and more to its new quatix® 5 marine GPS smartwatch. Garmins next-generation quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch is specifically designed for life on the water. More than a watch, the quatix 5 provides comprehensive boat connectivity with compatible Garmin chart plotters and other marine electronics to offer autopilot control, remote multifunction display (MFD) waypoint marking, data streaming – including speed, depth, temperature and wind – sail racing ... Read More »

Cape Town Boat Show. Growing a Winning Formula

Now in its 17th year, the Cape Town International Boat Show will be building on a winning formula: keeping the event to one location at the V&A Waterfront Marina and increasing the on-land exhibitor space due to increased demand. “Last year was one of the most successful events, reflected in the number of large vessels sold during the show,” said organiser Dana Whiting. “There’s no doubt that shows really work when it comes to selling, particularly with life-style items like ... Read More »

Frequentis to Provide Maritime Distress Communication Solution for South Africa

The first Frequentis coastal maritime system will be installed in South Africa for the South African Department of Transport through Telkom Maritime Services who will receive a Frequentis solution for a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).The Frequentis System will replace the old coastal Maritime Distress Communications System (MDCS) and will service coastal waters, along a coastline extending for 2,800 kilometres. Working with the South African company AME Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd as Prime contractor, Frequentis will install its Maritime ... Read More »

Sicomin Appoints Aerontec As South African Distributor

Sicomin, a leading formulator of high performance epoxy resin systems, has agreed a distribution partnership with Aerontec, the South African composite materials supplier with head offices based in Cape Town. The arrangement is effective immediately and Sicomin products will be available throughout South Africa from July. Customers will benefit from rapid access to Sicomin’s most advanced epoxy systems including the GreenPoxy® bio range, clear, infusion, foaming and fire retardant products. Sicomin will initially target the boat building sectors. “We are ... Read More »

Predictwind. Better Wave Forecasts

PredictWind is well known for its world leading accurate wind forecasts, and now also leads the way with accurate and intuitive wave forecasts. PredictWind runs the PWG & PWE wave model at 50km resolution and has recently added the NAM wave model from ECMWF at an incredible 14 km resolution with global coverage. What does the wave height represent? The wave height is the mean wave height from trough to crest of the highest third of the waves, which is ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Spinlock Creates Custom Lifejacket for VOR

Spinlock will be an official race supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, after designing a unique and custom lifejacket for the 2017-18 edition. The link-up is part of a Technical Partnership Scheme which has seen the Race work closely with the sailing and marine industry leaders to develop new and innovative products capable of withstanding the toughest conditions on the planet. And with the 2017-18 fleet set to race three times more Southern Ocean miles than in recent editions when ... Read More »