zhik-ins-100-sailing-jacket-review-credit-paul-wyeth

It’s not hard to find a sailing jacket that can serve multiple purposes, but if you want complete protection from spray in high temperatures, combined with excellent breathability, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the Zhik INS100. Designed in Australia, where the mercury is normally on the right side of 20C,…

best-sailing-knives

The knife. It’s one of the oldest and most valuable tools known to man, and for good reason. For, as our Bronze Age forebears discovered 4,000 years ago, with the right knife at your disposal a huge number of otherwise impossible tasks can be accomplished simply, quickly and efficiently. The…

best-boat-rope

‘Give ’em enough rope…’ You know the rest; it’s an expression that’s been around for more than 350 years. But there’s one place this time-honoured truism doesn’t hold true, and that’s on a boat, where not only do you need enough rope but also rope of the correct type and…

Female sailors

Over the last decade or so, there has been more and more emphasis on sailing kit designed for women, in particular women’s boating shoes. This is great news as, while some pieces of kit such as lifejackets are reasonably acceptable in unisex form, women wearing traditional leather deck shoes designed…

best-boat-seat-cleaner-buying-guide

So, you’ve spent the winter polishing your hull, brightening your brightwork and restoring the gleam to your handrails. Now back in the water, the engine room has been spruced up and the cabins given a spring clean. It’s time to sit back and bask in the reflected glow of your…

best-trolling-motor-batteries

You can’t beat a good day’s trolling, (on a boat, that is, not the web), unless, of course, your mini electric outboard lets you down and you’re left huffing and puffing and faced with a long and strenuous paddle home. In such cases, the battery is almost invariably singled out…

best-solar-panels-buying-guide-credit-graham-snook

For many in the boating community, boat solar panels represent something of a holy grail. They are, after all, the gift that keeps on giving, aren’t they? Free power forever, (or many years anyway), coupled with zero running costs – what could possibly be better than that? All you have…

best-boat-gps-buyers-guide

‘Lost at Sea’ might be a great name for a video game, but in real life the prospect of losing one’s bearings on the ocean can be pretty scary indeed. Chartplotters can – and sometimes do – fail, (it’s happened to this writer), leaving you alone with a compass and,…

best-boat-fenders-buyers-guide

If ever there was an unsung hero in the world of boating, it surely has to be the humble fender. Ubiquitous and largely maintenance-free, fenders dangle fearlessly in the face of adversity, protecting the valuable and vulnerable hulls of their owners from miscalculations at the helm and the wayward actions…

best-drones-for-sailing-credit-paul-wyeth

It’s no understatement to say that drones have changed the moving image landscape in a more dramatic way than any other product since the video camera was invented more than 100 years ago. Why? Because a drone removes the limitations of fixed, or largely fixed, viewpoints at a stroke by…

best-gopros-for-boating

GoPro’s meteoric rise to success was powered by its ability to capture stunning point-of-view action sequences, the like of which the world had never been seen before. Unsurprisingly, the brand spawned not only a generation of imitators but also a tranche of alternatives. Today, action cameras inhabit a crowded marketplace,…

best-boat-covers-boat-storage-outdoor-dry-stack-credit-alamy

Every marina has one – that sad and sorry looking, covered-in-algae-and-seagull-poo boat tied up forlornly at the end of the pontoon. It doesn’t necessarily mean the vessel is unloved, but it does show it is not being cared for properly. In many instances, especially when it comes to smaller craft,…

best-kids-lifejacket-buying-guide

But happily even the most irresponsible grown-up always seems to insist on any kids in their charge being fitted with a personal floatation device of one kind or another. And therein, with numerous options to choose from, lies a good question: What sort of kit should you buy to keep…

best-prime-day-boating-deals-day-2

Prime Day can be thought of as another Black Friday. It’s a 48-hour flash sale from Amazon, where, for two days only, consumers can grab a whole host of bargains. In previous years Prime Day has not always offered a vast array of sailing-specific kit, but this has been gradually…

helly-hansen-prime-day-deals

This Amazon Prime Day, Norwegian sailing apparel brand Helly Hansen has gone all-in with hundreds of items reduced by up to 69%, from waterproof sailing jackets and buoyancy aids to duffel bags and sailing shorts, so there are lots of Prime Day Helly Hansen deals deals to sift through. But…