Industry & Product News

Which Forecast Model is More Accurate?

One of the most popular questions for PredictWind is “Which Forecast Model should I use”? Often the best method is to use a consensus of the models, and when the models are similar, you can have greater confidence in the forecast. However, some forecast models do perform better than others in certain locations around the world. To help you make the best forecasting decisions, we have developed a real-time validation system to show you the accuracy of all the available ... Read More »

Weather Routing. Now with depth avoidance

In a world first for weather routing, the PredictWind Weather Router now uses Depth Avoidance, rather than traditional land avoidance. In order to achieve this, PredictWind acquired 2m/5m/10m/20m/30m depth contours for the entire world. This massive depth contour dataset sits on the PredictWind servers, so that you can easily route your boat safely around shallow areas, using your selected depth contour READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE:   Read More »

Ocean Sailing Association of Southern Africa (OSASA)

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: OSASA Leads South African Cruising Into A Brighter Future. By Richard Crockett It’s not often that a bunch of people get together to talk about a problem and possible solutions, and end up doing anything effective other than generating a lot of hot air! But there is change in the wind as Peter Sherlock, John Franklin and Jenny Crickmore-Thompson formed the above organisation to assist foreign cruisers caught in the pandemic last year and initially ... Read More »

Offshore App from PredictWind – The Complete Weather Tool

PredictWind has been working hard on improving the Offshore App adding new features, along with the best forecast data available, making the Offshore App vital for safe offshore passages. More than ever when mariners are coastal sailing or crossing the ocean, they find the PredictWind Offshore App has all the weather tools and connection capabilities needed to keep them safe. From highly experienced users, sailing non-stop around the world to those taking their first passage, the Offshore App offers the ... Read More »

Raymarine LightHouse Charts Now Available with New Chart Store and RayConnect Mobile App

FLIR Systems has announced the availability of Raymarine LightHouse™ Charts cartography, bringing new levels of clarity and control to marine navigation. Further, LightHouse Charts customers will realize increased convenience and enhanced product purchase and delivery options via the new Raymarine Chart Store and RayConnect mobile app. New Raymarine LightHouse Charts are crafted from trusted, official hydrographic sources – the same data used by maritime professionals. LightHouse Charts offer Raymarine users a new level of clarity, customization, and detail, making it ... Read More »

Yanmar Showcases Complete Power and Sailboat Engine Line-up At Virtual Nautic

Yanmar Marine International (YMI) is showcasing its latest engines and technology to an expected audience of 30,000 visitors on two stands at the new Virtual Nautic, an online version of the Paris Boat Show. Described as Europe’s largest virtual boat show, the interactive Virtual Nautic on 12th and 13th March is free of charge for visitors, bringing together over 1,000 professionals from the global boating industry and featuring 150 booths. YMI joins with the strengthened Yanmar France regional office to ... Read More »

New PredictWind Weather Router

PredictWind has released a new weather routing algorithm with completely new code that offers unparalleled performance. Faster Routes The new routing algorithm finds the faster routes 70-90% of the time, compared to our competition. We tested the new PredictWind router against the competition, by using the same boat polar, the same wind field and then evaluated the optimal routes through a sailing simulator to actually see which routing algorithm sailed the boat fastest to the destination. The new PredictWind router ... Read More »

NEW. Yanmar SD15 Saildrive

Seascape Marine Services have announced the release of a new Yanmar Saildrive. By introducing the SD15, Yanmar has answered significant demands from the world’s leading boat builders for a saildrive solution for larger sailboats with engines from 80hp to 150hp. This enables the 50′ to 65′ monohull and multihull sector to access, for the first time, the installation and user benefits associated with saildrive systems. The SD15 can be coupled to the Yanmar 4JH80, 4JH110 and 4LV150 common rail engines, ... Read More »

Product Review – Garmin Quatix 6x Solar

Solar – the Feature You Didn’t Know You Needed! By William Crockett For as long as I’ve owned smart watches, one of my main gripes is that I need to charge them fairly often. When Garmin announced their line of Solar watches, I thought it was cool, but possibly a bit gimmicky. I was wrong… I spent 3 weeks continually driving the Garmin Quatix 6x Solar. For the week before, I used the Garmin 6 (same features, but no solar ... Read More »

Lindani Mchunu Joins Abromowitz Sharp & Associates

Abromowitz Sharp & Associates, South Africa’s premier yacht brokerage, has appointed well-known boating industry player Lindani Mchunu as a new associate. Mchunu is a current serving board member of both the South African Boat Builders Export Council (SABBEX) and the Royal Cape Yacht Club. He joins the brokerage industry as local firms seek to recover from the aftermath of Covid-19 lockdown and expand into new markets, particularly in West Africa. Cape Town-based Abromowitz Sharp & Associates is the Southern Africa ... Read More »

Raymarine DockSense

DockSense® Alert is Raymarine’s intelligent docking solution which is designed for a broad range of vessels, and is the recreational marine industry’s first intelligent object recognition and motion-sensing intelligent docking assistant. Based on patent-pending technology, DockSense Alert can be installed on any boat to help captains safely monitor their surroundings and dock their boats with confidence. Similar to the driver-assist capabilities of today’s modern automobiles, DockSense Alert detects, displays, and alerts the captain to obstacles around the boat using machine ... Read More »

FLIR Introduces Raymarine Axiom+ Multifunction Navigation Displays

FLIR Systems have launched Raymarine Axiom+, a powerful series of multifunction displays (MFDs) for anglers, cruisers, and sailors, plus updated Raymarine LightHouse™ Charts cartography, bringing new levels of clarity and control to marine navigation. The successor to Raymarine’s award-winning Axiom® line of MFDs, Axiom+ is engineered for speed, responsiveness, and future expansion. Available in 7-, 9-, and 12-inch display models, Axiom+ comes performance-tuned with a powerful quad-core processor for fast chart redraws, multi-channel sonar views, and augmented reality navigation. Designed ... Read More »

Yanmar Supports Customers with Extended Standard Warranty Period

Yanmar is extending its standard warranty period until 1 October 2020 to support boaters this summer season as they return to the water after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Providing customers with peace of mind for the entire season, the warranty extension applies to sailboat and powerboat engines, Kanzaki gearboxes and Yanmar sterndrives and saildrives with a warranty end-date between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020. Yanmar’s comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty is designed to give customers complete and long-lasting peace ... Read More »

“Energy Observer” Fits Bruntons Autoprop Eco*Star Propellers

  The first vessel to be self-sufficient in energy, “Energy Observer”, recently completed her first trans-Atlantic passage with high praise given to her newly fitted Bruntons Autoprop Eco*Star propellers. The propellers replaced the vessels original four blade fixed pitch propellers and have been partly responsible for a significant improvement in her performance since a refit was carried out last winter. Energy Observer has also been fitted with two Oceanwings to further enhance her energy saving abilities; a change which turned ... Read More »

Cox Powertrain First 300hp Diesel Outboards

There has been a great deal of excitement at Cox headquarters recently as the production line has been in full flow with Cox’s team of engineers working around the clock to meet their next big milestone – when the first Cox CXO300 diesel outboards come off the assembly line. This was a defining moment for everyone at Cox, one which many of the team have been working towards over the past 13 years. The release of the CXO300 has been ... Read More »