New marine safety devices, electronics and wearable safety gear At this years METS trade show we picked out some of the best new marine safety gear to show you, available in 2022. ACR Personal locator beacon (PLB) RLS (rescue link service) This DAME award winning RLS Beacon is the first…

hanging non-electric dehumidifier

Humidity is the bane of a boaters life, it will get into your life jackets, into your foulies, into the furnishing, the untreated wood, into the curtains and anything else vaguely porous. The most efficient way to deal with tropical humidity or winter condensation involves: electric heating, fans, or air…

best-epirb-buying-guide

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is sailing vessel Lucky 2, Lucky 2, Lucky 2… If you find yourself in a situation of grave and imminent danger and are out of VHF range of a coast guard, then that best buy EPIRB you bought, registered and hoped you’d never have to use will…

merino wool base layers gloves ninja suit buff wool mark

The ubiquitous costume of form fitting all black that make us look like we’re on an adventure to secretly deliver a box of chocolates, via an open window and a zip wire, like a svelte undercover agent. Alternatively, those of us who love food may resemble something entirely less elegant…

waterproof fitness tracker

If you are looking for a new way to monitor your health and wellbeing whilst enjoying being on and around water, then have a look at our top 6 choices for the best GPS fitness trackers, watches and bands. Not just for step counting or fitness fanatics, these are everyday…

best-boat-shoes-for-wide-feet-Wuzzos-Whitaker

As someone who suffers the perils of wide feet and, who has consequently spent years searching for the ultimate pair of comfy boat shoes, I have to admit it’s been a struggle, particularly trying to find boat shoes for wide feet that are not too clunky looking. The size discrepancies between…

Steiner Binocular Hand bearing compass view through eye piece

The hand bearing compass is essential for a range of jobs around the boat. We take a look at the best tried and tested hand bearing compasses, used for swinging the ships compass, to accurate pilotage and general coastal navigation. We can also use them to take a fix on…

decathlon-cyber-monday-itwit-paddleboard

In the world of boating kit and clothing, Decathlon is still considered something of a new kid on the block, but the French giant has been creating sailing clothing, chandlery and boating equipment for many years now and their range is still expanding. Now, they’ve released their Decathlon Cyber Monday…

garmin-quatix-boating-smart-watch-helm-black-friday-deals

Sailing watches come in many guises and, depending on your needs, a watch for sailing purposes can range from a plastic rugged option with a countdown to a top-quality chronometer with moveable bezel or simple with a decent waterproofing rating. We’ve sifted through the Black Friday watch deals for sailors…

The American chandlery giant has joined the many retailers offering deals in the final weeks of November. The West Marine Black Friday deals cover all sorts of different boating kit from safety and electronics through to clothing. We’ve picked through all the deals on offer to bring you what we…

best-sailing-tech-2022

The DAME awards are an opportunity for the great and the good, alongside the small and emerging manufacturers, to showcase their latest offerings to the maritime world.  There’s one overall winner, five category winners and lots of special mentions, all of which form a good list of the best sailing…

best-flashlights-for-boating-volvo-ocean-race

Few accessories are as necessary for boating and the activity of boat ownership than a good boating flashlight. Principally, there are two types of flashlights that boaters will want to take note of: namely spotlights and flood lights. While the former type of light typically directs a focused beam of…

In the world of boating kit and clothing, Decathlon is still considered something of a new kid on the block, but the French giant has been creating sailing clothing, chandlery and boating equipment for many years now and their range is still expanding. Decathlon has long produced good quality, inexpensive…

best-sailing-watches-buying-guide

It is sometimes said the word BOAT is an acronym for Bring Out Another Thousand. If that’s the case, then what could the word WATCH (which can cost up to $55 million according to luxe.digital) possibly stand for? Happily you won’t need to trade in a superyacht or two, as…

best-boat-shoes-buying-guide-Gill-Deck-Trainers

Staying safe while looking good is not always possible in today’s hi-vis health and safety conscious world. Happily though there’s plenty of footwear manufacturers out there who have succeeded in bucking the trend with shoes which are not only super-safe in potentially hazardous environments but tick all the fashion boxes…