Product Reviews

Garmin Quatix 5 Competition WINNER

The WINNER is Lars Kessel of Cape Town. Lars will undoubtedly put his prize to very good use as he is from a sailing family who own a fleet of yachts – including a keelboat, Optimist, Sonnet and Argie 15 dinghy. And he works at Harken in Cape Town too! DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU DID NOT WIN? Well, there is another opportunity for you to win a Garmin Quatix 5 watch as we have a NEW competition running for the month ... Read More »

Kraken Yachts 66. An Award-Winning Cruising Yacht

by Richard Crockett The Kraken 66 is the Flagship of the Kraken range of luxury blue water cruising yachts designed by award winning yacht designer, Kevin Dibley, and epitomises the key features the brand prides itself on; safety, comfort, reliability and performance. The Kraken 66 has just been awarded the ‘Best Blue water cruising yacht’ accolade from Sailing Today magazine. The award was presented at the Southampton Boat Show. Best of all though is that their flagship model, the Kraken ... Read More »

Product Review: Garmin Quatix 5

by William Crockett I’m a lover of gadgets, and especially new technology. ‘Wearables’ is a buzzword in the tech world these days. The latest offering from Garmin, specifically a wearable designed for sailors, is the Quatix 5. This is more than just an upgrade on the popular ‘Quatix 3’. The Quatix 5 is built on the popular and widely regarded ‘Fenix’ platform. To start off, I was given the Fenix 5 ‘Sapphire’ variant for two weeks to test, and that ... Read More »

Product Review: Sail Mates Protest Models

by Richard Crockett Protest models are something one is unlikely to get excited about, but the range from Sail Mates is really innovative – especially if one is only used to the ‘Elvstrom’ models that were neatly tucked into the Elvstrom Rule book in days of yore – and which are no longer available! These are well made with several options available. Over the years I have often had requests for protest models and have been unable to source any ... Read More »

Product News. Winch Seat

Tides, a Norwegian boat equipment provider, launched their first product, a winch seat, in 2015. The product named ‘WinchSeat’ is an innovative product raising the cockpit experience on sailboats. The seat has a peg which fits into the swivel hole on top of the winch, providing a new elevated sitting spot with great overview. The seat can be used when the winch is idle, typically during calm sailing or when the boat is docked. Depending on the number of winches ... Read More »

FLIR/Raymarine New Product Launches

by William Crockett Raymarine, owned by Flir Systems, Inc. recently launched their latest product offering to the world. This included some brand new, completely rethought Multi-Function Displays, a new suite of software, and for the first time, Thermal Imaging cameras by Flir Systems, which have price points that are affordable for the leisure marine industry. I was invited to Lake Maggiore, Italy to see these products in action and take them for a test drive. Axiom Multifunction Displays with RealVision ... Read More »