Industry & Product News

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 »

Flexofold Propellers Now in the Seascape Marine Services Stable

Seascape Marine Services (Pty) Ltd. have announce their appointment as a Premium Dealer for Flexofold propellers. Based In Denmark, Flexofold is a global leader in the development & manufacturing of low drag folding 2 to 4 blade sail drive & shaft propellers for sailboats and catamarans. This appointment encompasses propeller sales, spare parts and after sales support to all OEM’s, dealers and recreational sailors. Plus it further grows and strengthens Seascape Marine’s philosophy of supplying complete propulsion solutions. About Flexofold ... Read More »

PredictWind Tides and Tables Feature Update

The popular tables format in PredictWind has been given a gleaming update. “Over the years we have added many parameters to the tables. It was time to take a fresh look at this feature and reduce the complexity” said Jon Bilger, the Director of PredictWind. The design team started with a clean sheet and went from the ground up creating the design, with input from customers and the PredictWind support team who are all experienced sailors. Bilger went on to ... Read More »

VHF Reimagined – Vesper Marine Announces Cortex

by Richard Crockett Technology is moving at such a rapid pace in our industry that it’s often difficult keeping up, or simply thinking about where it will go next. So when information came to hand from Vesper Marine about their new VHF Radio – it struck me that VHF technology has not changed dramatically for some time. I am cautious with that statement as of course technology has changed and improved – although this may be the biggest leap yet! ... Read More »

Marlow Ropes Partnership Strives for a Greener Future

The sixteenth year of partnership between the Clipper Race and Marlow Ropes will be marked with a shift towards a greener future. The world’s first mooring line to be made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, Marlow Ropes Blue Ocean Dockline, has been rolled out across the fleet of 70′ racing yachts for the start of the biennial round the world yacht race. The latest initiative from British manufacturer, Marlow Ropes, has resulted in all mooring lines, for the 11 ... Read More »

Raymarine LightHouse Bermuda: Superior for Sailors

Sailing to Bermuda is an exciting way to experience the island’s vibrant blue waters and dramatic scenery. And the best way for sailors to get to Bermuda – or any other destination – is with Raymarine’s newest, free LightHouse™ 3 operating system update for Axiom®, Axiom Pro and Axiom XL multifunction displays. LightHouse Bermuda v3.10 is loaded with new and enhanced features for sailboat cruisers and racers equipped with one or more Axiom MFD. As with every Raymarine LightHouse operating ... Read More »

South Africa’s Biggest Composite Leisure Catamaran

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing has launched South Africa’s biggest composite and leisure catamaran, the Two Oceans 110 Day Charter Catamaran. Named ‘Le Cerf’, she is owned by Mason’s Travel. Established in 1972, Masons Travel is a leading destination management company in Seychelles. This 110′ catamaran is designed for commercial day charters and for large groups of people. She will be based in Mahé, and can carry 275 people. She has both an upper and lower deck and a flybridge. The ... Read More »