Industry News

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 »

Gori 3-Blade Prop

Gori propeller has introduced a new 3-blade single pitch folding propeller. The propeller is a further development of the award winning 3-blade Gori propeller with ‘Overdrive’ which was introduced to the market in 1994. The new single pitch 3-blade Gori propeller has all the features of the original 3-blade Gori propeller, just without the Overdrive. 1. It has the same low drag as the original 3-blade Gori propeller with Overdrive, just 1.4 Newton at 6 knots, which is the lowest ... Read More »

Vaavud Ultrasonic Released!

The Vaavud Ultrasonic is the world’s first fully solar powered, Bluetooth connected autonomous ultrasonic anemometer. Tens of thousands of sailors globally have happily been using the handheld Vaavud wind meters for several years now. But at the same time, many have asked for a solution to mount a wind meter on their boat and still connect it to the user-friendly Vaavud apps. Now it’s here! The Vaavud Ultrasonic is the world’s first fully autonomous, smart-phone connected, ultrasonic anemometer – solar ... Read More »

Volvo Penta Launches New Website

Volvo Penta has launched a new website to improve users’ online experience and make it easier for customers to engage digitally with the company and explore its wide range of offers. Visitors to the site will easily be able to gain access to any information they choose, on any device – mobile, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer. The new Volvo Penta website features the latest information on all products and services, to help customers decide which units are most suitable ... Read More »

New Appointment. Morgan Evans Joins the Boating World Team

Morgan Evans joins the Boating World team as their newest salesman. At Boating World we are proud of our reputation as the leading African importer of luxury sailing and motor-yachts and the portfolio of brands that we represent equals our understanding of flawless class and appeal. Boating World is the principle dealer for Fairline, Riviera, Sea Ray, Sunreef, Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot, and our clients are assured a wide range of cruising, fishing and sailing boats to suit their lifestyle. Morgan ... Read More »

Yanmar powers the 35th America’s Cup

Yanmar Co. Ltd. is the Official Marine Engines Partner for the 35th America’s Cup. Yanmar’s marine diesel engines will be used on the VIP shuttle boat, which takes guests out to the race course area to watch the best sailors in the world compete for the oldest trophy in international sport. “Through our partnership with Yanmar, we can deliver a VIP experience for our guests,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “We need reliability, performance ... Read More »

Fountaine Pajot’s Helia 44 Evolution

A ‘Perfect Fit’ for Cape Town Waters Fountaine Pajot’s new edition Helia 44 Evolution will debut in South Africa later this year, according to Boating World, the official African agent for Fountaine Pajot. The vessel will be available for sale on a co-ownership basis while interested Fountaine buyers will be able to view the boat with a look to ordering their own. Boating World CEO Derrick Levy said the company was mindful that “purchasing a boat is not within everyone’s ... Read More »

DIY: A Self-build 10.6m Plywood/GRP Sailing Cat

There are always people out there with a yearning to build a boat, cast off the shackles and burdens of every day life, and go cruising. Many can afford to buy a completed ready-to-go boat, although some will self-build to keep costs within their budget. Thousands of monohulls have been self-built over time, but few multihulls, which is why Angelo Lavranos has come up with the Proteus 106 self-build cat. “This project has been ‘gestating’ on a personal level for ... Read More »

Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349

by Matthew Thomas It’s always great to be asked to review and test sail a new yacht, especially one that has already garnered numerous awards and not only was voted Cruising Worlds 2015 “Best Import Boat Of The Year and Best Pocket Cruiser”, but was also awarded the 2014 Consumer Choice award for Best Monohull over 30″ at the recent Miami International Boat Show. Walking down the dock, my first look at this ‘pocket cruiser’ was of a smart, well ... Read More »

Product Review: PredictWind

by William Crockett In this modern day and age with a plethora of technology, apps and online services for sailors to use to try gain a performance edge, it is almost expected that accurate weather information should be easily available. PredictWind has been at the forefront of development in terms of accurate weather forecasting and making it available. It’s no secret that certain weather services, while free, just don’t measure up in South Africa in terms of their forecast accuracy ... Read More »