Industry News

South Africa’s Biggest Power Catamaran in Production

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing currently has a 110-foot Day Charter Power Catamaran in production. She is designed for commercial day charters for large groups of people in her home waters, which will be in the Seychelles. This 110 Day Charter Catamaran will be the biggest composite power catamaran ever to be launched in South Africa. She has both an upper and lower deck and a flybridge. The upper deck has plenty of casual seating, and storage space for snorkelling gear ... Read More »

Tracking Your Race

Raymarine are the official tracking partner of the Round the Island Race in the UK, and are offering a free, live tracking system. Following a successful trial of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) system in 2017, they are hoping as many yachts as possible will use AIS and devices like Raymarine’s AIS700 transceiver to provide their tracking data for the 2018 Race. As well as logging positions, boats with AIS will have the advantage of an enhanced awareness of other ... Read More »

Is Calling A Bucket “Innovative” An Exaggeration?

The word “innovative” is oft-used, but rarely in reference to a pail. With Shurhold Industries’ One Bucket System, the term is almost insufficient. Creatively designed and engineered, it stores and organizes boat cleaning products in one convenient, portable location and functions as a highly effective wash station. The One Bucket System starts with the World’s Best Rope Handle Bucket. Made in the USA of durable moulded plastic that’s thicker than average, it has a soft 2cm braided nylon rope handle ... Read More »

Lorima Joins the Wichard Group

  Lorima, one of the leaders in carbon masts and boom manufacturing, joins the Wichard Group, which reinforces its position in the boating industry. This union is the result of the collaboration between Lorima and Sparcraft – one of the Group subsidiaries – for the rigging equipment supplied on the new foiled Figaro 3. Lorima has achieved a high level expertise in carbon technologies as well as a great knowledge of the ocean offshore racing, maxi yachts and shipyards. Thanks ... Read More »

Vacant Position – Sailing Manager/Trainer

Vacant Position Sailing Manager/Trainer Hout Bay Yacht Club are offering an exciting job opportunity for someone to take responsibility for, and promote, their full sailing programmes including: • Youth Development Training • Controlling and increasing the racing calendar • Managing the use and maintenance of the clubs dinghy and keelboat fleet. The successful applicant will report to, and work closely with, the club’s Flag Officers. The successful candidate will require good organisational and communication skills in addition to personally conducting ... Read More »

Yanmar Inboard Diesel Engine Wins Innovation Award

The Yanmar 3JH40 common rail inboard diesel engine has been recognized as one of the most groundbreaking new consumer marine products after receiving a prestigious 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award. Introduced this year as the marine industry’s smallest CR inboard diesel engine, the 3JH40 was named the winner of the ‘Inboard Engines’ category when the NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) presented the awards during the annual Innovation Breakfast, held at Miami Marine Stadium Park & ... Read More »

Sunsail. New Fleet Investment & Extended Antigua Season

The new look London Boat Show in January was the perfect place for Sunsail to announce that 81 new yachts will be joining its global fleet in 2018. A combination of Jeanneau monohulls and Leopard catamarans, 41 new yachts will be going into the British Virgin Islands and 22 new yachts heading to Croatia. Sunsail’s British Virgin Islands base re-opened on 9 December 2017 and the St Martin base is scheduled to open on 1 February 2018. The local teams ... Read More »

Volvo Penta. Put the Boat in the Palm of Your Hands

Volvo Penta’s new product, Easy Connect, lets boat owners connect to their boat via their smart device – enhancing the experience both onboard and at home. Boat owners can now take to the water with all the information they need in the palm of their hands. Volvo Penta’s new Easy Connect app gives boat owners access to engine, boat and route data – directly on their smartphone or tablet. The free-to-download app is paired with an onboard Bluetooth interface installed ... Read More »


Yanmar Marine International is launching the latest addition to its family of new generation common rail (CR) diesel engines, the compact Yanmar 3JH40 inboard engine, at boot Düsseldorf. The 3-cylinder 3JH40 has been developed by leading manufacturer Yanmar as the marine industry’s smallest CR inboard diesel engine. With an output of 40mhp, it will enable a whole new category of smaller leisure boat owners and commercial vessel operators to benefit for the first time from the efficiency and performance advantages ... Read More »

“WearAndTearPads” Protect Your Boat

When aerospace engineer, Andrew Grogono, launched his simple idea to prevent gelcoat surfaces from being damaged by rope and line chafe, he never expected to find such a large market awaiting him. Total sales worldwide have recently surpassed the 10,000 mark. Orders have been received from all round the globe and they continue to increase, thanks to positive feedback from satisfied customers. Easy to fit, they not only hide existing damage but they also eliminate further damage, thus protecting yacht ... Read More »

Oceanair Skyvenetian Blinds for Every Application

Skyvenetian blinds are an elegant solution, yet practical that can provide light control and privacy in a whole variety of applications. Ideal for use in galleys, our Skyvenetian Alloy blinds are sleek and sophisticated, with a wide variety of finishes to choose from. In previous years, we have offered both a 25mm standard slat size and a 16mm slat option for use in smaller windows, where space is at a premium. For those windows where space is no obstacle, the ... Read More »

Yanmar Acquires Leading Sailboat Propeller Manufacturer Flexofold

Yanmar officially announces that it has reached an agreement on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Flexofold ApS (“Flexofold”). Flexofold, located in Denmark, is a global leading developer and manufacturer of superior low-drag folding propellers for sailboats and multihull yachts. With Flexofold, Yanmar further expands and strengthens its position in the recreational marine industry. Shiori Nagata, President of Yanmar Marine International (YMI): “Flexofold is a great company and we are pleased to announce that Flexofold is joining the ... Read More »

Introducing the Next Generation of Powered Hatch Screens

New Product Introducing the Next Generation of Powered Hatch Screens For 27 years, Oceanair have been providing simple yet elegant hatch screens to the marine industry. The SKYSCREEN Powered brings the latest advancement in almost three decades of designing blinds for hatches, and the most innovative yet! Using Oceanair’s DAME Nominated Powered Roof Blind System, the SKYSCREEN Powered is available with recessed or concealed installation and the modular design keeps simplicity at its heart. Available with white or beige hardware, ... Read More »

Yacht Racing Forum. The Place to Be

The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum will take place in Aarhus, Denmark, on November 27-28. A business oriented conference, the Forum will reassemble the sport’s leading brands and personalities for two days of conferences, debates, networking and business. The Yacht Racing Forum is the unique opportunity for everyone involved in yacht racing to reach out to the international sailing community in two days and one location. 250 delegates including twenty-five media representatives from all over the world have ... Read More »

Yanmar 4LV Diesel Engines

Yanmar, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced marine diesel engines, has introduced its new series of common-rail (CR) engines. The new 4LV series offers a range of 5 engines with outputs from 150 to 250 mhp which harness the very latest in electronically managed CR fuel injection technology for the mid-section of Yanmar’s range of clean and efficient diesels. Yanmar will be introducing the 150, 170, & 195 mhp units. The engines have been specifically designed for the ... Read More »