Industry & Product News

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 »

Cape Town Boat Show Ends on A High

The last of the joint founders of the Cape Town International Boat Show bowed out on a high after 17 years staging the country’s most prestigious boating and watersports event this past weekend. ‘It has been an incredible journey, taking something from a concept to a show that could be replicated uninterrupted every year. The fact that an international group like Messe Frankfurt have now taken over the show is a clear signal they see an even bigger future for ... Read More »

Volvo Penta’s D2-75 engine. Going to Extremes

Each Volvo Ocean 65 boat in the race is equipped with a robust Volvo Penta D2-75 engine. As the heart of the yacht, the D2-75 engine provides on board power throughout the race, under the toughest of conditions. The seven participating teams will circumnavigate the globe for nearly nine months, in arduous conditions and all weathers. The racing boats and engines are the same as for the 2014-15 race, but this time they will need to cover an extra 7,000 ... Read More »

Volvo Penta Engines Ready for Another Lap Around the World

For the sixth time, Volvo Penta is an official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, providing the Volvo Ocean 65 sailing boats with a D2-75 engine with Saildrive, hands-on engine maintenance and support, as well additional power during the race stopovers. Designed for the toughest of conditions, the Volvo Penta D2-75 engines have already done one lap around the world, covering approximately 39,000 nautical miles during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Thanks to having one boat design for two race ... Read More »

Boating World brings virtual reality to Cape Town Boat Show

The annual Cape Town International Boat Show will be taking place from 20-22 October 2017 at the V&A Waterfront. Boating World will again be exhibiting, with their biggest display to date, with boats on display from Fairline, Jeanneau, Riviera and Sea Ray. A new innovation for 2017 will be their first ever Virtual Reality (VR) display, where perspective buyers will have the opportunity to step aboard new yacht models that are not yet available in South Africa. This year Boating ... Read More »

Special Offer – Simrad GO7

SPECIAL OFFER Cape Town International Boat Show 2017. MRAD (Marine Radio Acoustic Devices) will be offering the following special for the duration of the show – from 20 – 22 October. Simrad GO7 7″ Multi-touch chart plotter with built in Echo-sounder, GPS and NMEA 2000 interface. No Charts. No Transducer. (Part Number: 000-12455-001). R7400.00 excluding VAT, while stock lasts. Call Glynnis at MRAD on 021 5594003 Product Description GO7 is for the recreational power boater who is looking for an ... Read More »

Inside the Volvo Ocean Race: the Boatyard and North Sails

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH HERE   With the Alicante in-port race kicking off this weekend and the start of Leg 1 fast approaching, the Volvo Ocean Race’s Boatyard Sail Loft manager Nathan Quirk and Neil Cox, head of the Boatyard, explain how North Sails 3Di technology has changed the game in port. It’s been 30 years since North Sails began making sails for the Volvo Ocean Race. During that time North Sails has equipped VOR teams with the ... Read More »