Industry News

Win with Raymarine WIN! an a98 MFD with DownVision™ & Wi-Fi. To celebrate the new Raymarine aSeries model line-up, we are giving away an a98 multifunction display. Find out more about the aSeries here: As well as a bright 9″ touchscreen display, the a98 also features built-in CHIRP DownVision™ sonar technology so you can see the real world beneath your boat, built-in Wi-Fi so you can take advantage of Raymarine’s free mobile apps, and Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse II user interface. Enter ... Read More »

David Rae joins North Sails South Africa

David Rae, World J22 champion and America’s Cup sailor has joined North Sails in Cape Town. He has vast experience in sailmaking having cut his teeth in the industry working first for Rob De Vlieg in Johannesburg as a young man and then moving to live in Sydney, Australia where he worked for North Sails for a number of years before returning to RSA. He has worked as a professional racing sailor, was part of the Shosholoza America’s Cup campaign ... Read More »

David Abromowitz & Associates – EMCI Certified Brokerage

It is important when dealing with sailing yachts and powerboats at the top end of the market that the brokers are respected people in their field with good credentials and the knowledge to back up their claims. So being a respected yacht broker and maritime appraiser with an international background, it is no surprise that David Abromowitz, of David Abromowitz & Associates Yacht Brokers, has been admitted by the European Maritime Certification Institute (EMCI) as a certified professional, as well ... Read More »

Garmin Celebratory Offer

Garmin is celebrating its 25th year anniversary by offering you a trade in, of a lifetime! This exciting trade-in is the first that Garmin has introduced, and has been much anticipated in the market! Garmin is offering our customers the chance to bring in any automotive GPS, yes any automotive GPS whether it’s old or new, functional or not, even if it is another brand, and Garmin will give you R300 off the purchase price of the new incredible nüvi ... Read More »

WANTED – Sail Designer

WANTED – Sail Designer North Sails Cape Town is looking to employ someone with immediate effect to join our Sail Design Team. The Cape Town sail loft in Paarden Eiland is looking to bolster it’s Design staff by employing someone, preferably a young person with sailing knowledge, as an assistant in the Design office. The successful applicant will become a trainee with a view to becoming an assistant sail designer and the intention is that this person will, after a ... Read More »

Dinghy Review – The Sonnet

Dinghy Review The Sonnet by Paul Allardice I had the pleasure of sailing the 2013 Sonnet Nationals late last year on a borrowed new glass Sonnet. These boats have been built by Stephen du Toit of Performance Craft and represent his many years of Sonnet building experience and development. He is one of the last local boat builders over the last couple of decades to have modernised the Jack Koper-designed double-handed Sonnet. Follow this link to read the full review: ... Read More »

Boat Review – Maverick 440

BOAT REVIEW – MAVERICK 440   A Cat Grows up by Matthew Thomas It’s always interesting to follow the development of boat builders and their yachts as it really gives one an insight into their design philosophy as well as their commitment to producing the very best they can. Follow this link to read the full review:  may 2014 maverick 440 review pg 10 – 13 Read More »

Boat Review – Matrix Explorer 760

BOAT REVIEW Matrix Explorer 760 by Matthew Thomas It’s always interesting to follow the pedigree of a new yacht and Matrix Yachts’ latest addition to their range, the Explorer 760, is a progression of their highly successful Silhouette 760, which was the fi rst yacht the company built. Follow this link to read the full review:  april 2014 matrix cat review pg 12 – 13 Read More »

Boat Review – Open Ocean 750 Cat

Open Ocean 750 Cat 75’ Of Pure Luxury by Matthew Thomas When I reviewed the first and smaller yacht in the Two Ocean’s Open Ocean range, the 630, one of the initial things I noticed was her size – and it was apparent that this successful design had spawned another luxury cruising catamaran, this time the Open Ocean 750. Follow this link to read the full review: march 2014 two oceans cat review pg 16 – 17   Read More »

Garmin announces their African Collection for 2014

Last week Garmin held our exclusive partner event where we showcased the African product Collection for 2014 and launched our brand campaign “My Africa. My Garmin. For Life.” From Cape to Cairo, from navigation to health, Garmin is helping to change the face of Africa. It’s time to celebrate our roots, our soul, our fire, in Living Africology. Get excited about the coming year, it’s time to live “A Life less Ordinary”. The event was held in Johannesburg on Wednesday ... Read More »

North Sails – Oakley Capital Acquires Majority Stake in North Technology Group

North Technology Group (NTG) is pleased to announce Oakley Capital Private Equity (“Oakley”) has acquired a majority stake in their diverse family of companies. Oakley is an investment vehicle founded by UK businessman and sailing enthusiast Peter Dubens. Utilizing their collective experience, Dubens and his partners make investments in companies to support their brand development and growth. “We are delighted to be backing North Technology Group and an iconic brand like North Sails,” said Dubens. “This investment further demonstrates Oakley’s ... Read More »

Vaavud Smartphone Wind Meter

by Richard Crockett Many of us have tried handheld anemometers over the years. I have, and often not with particularly good results, so my interest was piqued when I saw a news release about a smartphone anemometer which works with iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones. Once you have the anemometer you need to download the free Vaavud wind app. This app will give you all your basic measurement needs including graph, history and a live map. The unit has two ... Read More »

“How to Own a Yacht” Website

The parent company behind world famous yachting industry brands The Moorings, Sunsail and Leopard Catamarans has introduced a new way to look at yacht ownership options with the launch of The “How to Own a Yacht” website exhibits a variety of ways to purchase a boat, including: charter ownership, private ownership and pre-owned yacht ownership. This site incorporates a handful of ownership programs, explains the benefits of different ownership styles, and also offers helpful tips and advice for choosing ... Read More »