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2014-07-30 13:02:00

Sailing Gloves Buying Guide

Tips and advice for buying sailing gloves. If you're looking to invest in a reliable pair of sailing gloves, this guide provides some useful information on how this type of sailing clothing can benefit you whilst on board your boat.


2014-08-11 14:29:14

Crewsaver Lifejackets Guide

Crewsaver lifejackets continue to lead the way and push the boundaries of lifejacket manufacture and design. The quality remains in line with industry standards and some say they are the best life jackets around.


2014-07-30 12:55:26

A Guide to Antifouling Paint

A guide to some of the best antifouling paint and systems to protect your vessel from damage.


2014-07-30 12:55:53

A Guide to International Paints

Information about some of the boat paints offered by one of the best manufacturers, International Paints. This includes details of antifouling paint and primer.


2014-07-30 11:55:27

Inflatable Boats Buying Guide

There are currently many manufactures and models of inflatable boats for sale. Inflatable boats are no longer restricted to small dinghy boats in size but you can buy inflatables which range up to 45ft in length or sometimes even longer.


2014-07-30 12:56:22

A Guide to Outboard Boat Engines

Information on a range of outboard boat engines available on the market today. Including details on Honda, Suzuki and Torqeedo.


2014-07-30 12:57:06

Accessories for Boat Fenders

A list of some of the essential accessories needed to make sure your boat fenders do their job properly and last as long as possible.


2014-07-30 11:48:10

How to Buy Kayaks

There are a number of ways to buy a kayak, you can buy a new kayak for extra peace of mind or you could buy used kayaks to save some money. Read on to find out how to buy a kayak.


2014-07-30 12:57:34

Boat Fenders Accessories Guide

Details on the different kinds of accessories needed to maintain and protect boat fenders. Information on the products available to ensure your boat fenders remain in great working condition.


2014-07-30 11:33:15

Top 10 Boat Shoes

A guide to 10 of the best boat shoes for men and women currently available on the marine marketplace.


2014-07-30 12:57:57

Boat Fenders Buying Guide

A look at some of the best boat fenders available for a range of purposes and boat types. This includes details on a range of brands for boat fenders.


2014-07-30 12:58:23

Boat Fenders Guide

A guide to some of the best boat fenders available. Including details of boat fender accessories to protect your equipment.


2014-07-30 11:44:08

Choosing Offshore Sailing Clothing

Offshore sailing requires some specific sailing clothing because of the potentially harsh conditions that you will face. When you are sailing offshore, all of your sailing gear needs to be waterproof, windproof, extremely warm and finally hard wearing. To find out how to choose the best offshore sailing gear, read on.


2014-07-30 12:58:51

Buying Boat Fenders

A guide to a range of boat fenders available to suit different needs from various boating brands.


2014-07-30 11:33:43

Top 10 Musto Sailing Items

Musto is one of the most reliable sailing brands operating in the marketplace. Learn about 10 of the best Musto accessories in this guide.


2014-07-30 12:59:15

Buying Inflatable Dinghy Spares

Details on different types of dinghy parts that are often needed to maintain or repair inflatable boats.


2014-07-30 11:36:13

On Board Boat Storage

The nature of a boat means that a lot of marine storage needs to be secured to something to stop it going overboard. On a boat, on board storage space can be at a premium. This guide outlines some useful boat storage solutions.


2014-07-30 12:59:42

Children's Crewsaver Life Jackets

See the following guide to Crewsaver sailing life jackets for children for some of the best products available today to keep your kids safe on the water.


2014-07-30 13:00:07

Choosing the Best GPS

Guide to choosing the best GPS system for your navigation needs.


2014-07-30 11:37:21

Top 5 Sailing Gloves

A guide to five of the best sailing gloves available to buy on the marine marketplace right now.


2014-07-30 11:36:43

Marine Waterproofs Guide

The best way to ensure you don’t get too hot or cold is to wear sailing multi layers. This guide outlines some of the best base layer and middle layer sailing clothes that can be bought.


2014-07-30 11:32:42

Top 5 Sailing Jackets

A guide to five of the best sailing jackets currently available on the marine marketplace.


2014-07-30 11:25:05

Kayak Buying Guide

There are different types of kayak available for different uses and it is important to buy the correct kayak for you, read on to find out more about buying a kayak from a kayaks sale.


2014-07-30 13:00:31

Choosing the best sailing boots

Guide to choosing the best sailing boots, including details on a selection of boots available on the market from great brands.


2014-07-30 13:01:11

Types of Boat Fenders

For anyone looking to ensure appropriate boat care through to the long term, boat fenders can make all the difference. Learn why boat fenders can come in useful in this guide.


2014-07-30 12:43:45

Crewsaver Life Jackets for Children

Guide to some of the best Crewsaver life jackets for children available today.


2014-07-30 12:46:39

Choosing the Best Handheld VHF

Having a handheld VHF on board when sailing is very wise. They offer a good way to send and receive messages should the main marine VHF fail. There are quite a few different types of Handheld VHF from different companies such as Cobra, Icom and Nexus. They all differ slightly so it is important to know what VHF you will want to buy.


2014-07-30 12:47:14

Base Layer Clothing Guide

It is essential that when you are out sailing that you regulate your body temperature so you stay comfortable and are able to work efficiently. Conditions at sea change quickly so you should always be prepared. If you wear a base layer with mid layer clothing then you will be able to take other layers on and off as you please.


2014-07-30 11:18:51

Buying Foul Weather Gear

Many sailors don’t let wind and rain get in the way of jumping on board their boats and getting out to sea. If you do plan to use your boat during the colder months it’s a good idea to get kitted out with sailing clothing that is specifically designed to provide full protection against the most extreme conditions.


2014-07-30 12:47:53

Finding Fishfinders For Sale

Buying fishfinders for the very first time? This guide takes a look at some of the best fishfinders available on the marketplace.


2014-07-30 12:48:21

Torqeedo Outboard Engines

Buying guide to Torqeedo outboard engines. Information on the benefits and details on a selection of outboard engines from Torqeedo.


2014-07-30 12:48:47

Top Inflatable Dinghy Buys

Inflatable boats come in a number of sizes and forms depending on the users’ needs and purposes. Certain materials and structures of each inflatable boat will suit particular requirements better.


2014-07-30 12:49:18

Top Buoyancy Aids

Information on buoyancy aids and a selection of some of the best ones available today.


2014-07-30 12:49:58

Ocean Boat Fenders Guide

Ocean is one of the largest boat fender manufacturers, producing many different types of fender products for all situations. See the following guide for details on a selection of Ocean marine fenders for more information.


2014-07-30 12:32:23

Gill Buoyancy Aids Guide

Guide to some of the best buoyancy aids made by Gill.


2014-07-30 12:33:40

A Guide to Whale Pumps

Find out why whale pumps are so important for boating enthusiasts and what some of the best ones are to buy.


2014-07-30 12:34:25

Baltic Buoyancy Aids Guide

Guide to Baltic buoyancy aids.


2014-07-30 12:34:55

Top 5 Accessories for Inflatable Dinghy Repair

Learn about the accessories you can buy for inflatable dinghy repairs in this article. If you are looking to repair a dinghy boat this guide should prove useful.


2014-07-30 12:35:21

Boat Fenders - Best Buys

Guide to some of the different types of boat fenders that are available to protect your boat in various spots.


2014-07-30 12:35:47

Bow Fenders Guide

This marine fenders guide will focus on a few different types of bow fenders to explain how they differ in price and function.


2014-07-30 11:54:37

Choosing the Best Sailing Watch

A sailing watch isn't just a fashion statement - it can also prove an essential purchase, particularly for those who regularly take part in competitive sailing action, as this article explains.


2014-07-30 11:55:03

Choosing the Best Fixed VHF

It is important to know what you want and what you need from a marine VHF so that you spend your money wisely. This guide outlines some of the different fixed VHF sets that are on the market.


2014-07-30 11:19:46

Sharx shoes review: Functional and stylish

Review of Sharx EVA moulded boat shoes, perfect for watersports or on land. Find out more about these high-performance boating shoes.


2014-07-30 11:20:20

Hempel Epoxy Primer Boat Paint Review

Review of Hempel Epoxy Primer Undercoat Boat Paint, suitable for application below and above the waterline. We tell you how to apply for best results.


2014-11-05 11:59:16

Top 10 Winterising Must Haves This Season

During these cold, dark and dangerous winter months, unless you are lucky enough to live in tropical climate, you are not going to be seeing a lot of your boat. Therefore you are going to want to make sure that your boat is protected whilst it is in storage this winter. Unless you take proper precautions you could end up having to shell out for repairs which were fully preventable only if you had taken proper care of your boat. Here at Mailspeed Marine we have come up with a list of the top ten essentials you need to make sure that your boat is in optimal condition once you are ready to get back out on the water.


2014-11-05 11:59:01

Popular Inshore Jackets This Season

Here at Mailspeed Marine we are able to offer you a superb selection of sailing clothing that has been expertly crafted to stand up to the toughest conditions. We are proud to be able to offer this durable clothing that is of the highest quality. As you know, Shore clothing is suitable for everyday activities when you are out on the water and offers you unrivalled protection from wind and rain, and of course, is made from fully waterproof materials. Even if you are not a keen mariner a shore jacket is still an excellent purchase and can be used when you are out and about in town or for when you are out in the countryside. A shore jacket really is a highly versatile piece of clothing which will last you for years and years. So, sit back, relax and browse through our selection of shore jackets.


2014-11-05 11:57:18

A Review Of This Season's Sailing Boots

As we get deeper and deeper into the dark days of winter, the sunnier spring days begin to seem further and further away. So, why not look forward to spring and cheer yourself up with a new pair of sailing boots?


2014-11-06 15:28:09

A Guide to Essential Marine Tools & Marine Torches

When you are out on the water it is important to know that you are prepared for whatever challenges you may face. That is why it is essential to equip yourself with suitable marine tools; including a marine knife, marine torch and marine multi tool.


2014-11-13 16:40:42

The Deck Shoe Buying Guide

In the past, before the introduction of deck shoes, sailors were at risk of accidents when on deck due to the lack of grip on the soles of their shoes. Luckily for them the deck shoe was invented by Paul Sperry in 1935 and the days of sailors falling over were long gone. 


2014-11-13 16:26:48

A Guide to Choosing Marine Sealants and Adhesives

It is often believed that marine sealant is solely used to guarantee that your boat is waterproof. However, marine sealants are just as handy for insulation purposes, including the minimisation of engine noise as well as stopping unwanted and pesky draughts. You may think that marine sealant is going to be expensive but in fact it is an effective solution that is inexpensive and affordable even on the tightest of budgets. 


2014-11-13 16:11:10

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for a True Mariner

As you know, we are already half way through November and Christmas is not too far away now. As your attention turns to buying your loved ones Christmas presents and as usual if you have a mariner in your life you will be asking yourself: “What am I supposed to buy them this time”?! Well, this year we have come up with a list of top ten Christmas gifts for a true mariner, making sure that this year you won’t have the usual stress of choosing something for them!


2014-11-21 11:21:39

Get a Free Gift Worth £50 When you Spend £100 or More!

Here at Mailspeed Marine we have been getting into the festive spirit as Christmas gets closer and closer. That is why we would like to give something back to all of our customers who spend £100 or more this Saturday. 


2014-11-28 09:14:36

Black Friday Sale on Mailspeed Marine - 10% Off Friday to Sunday

You may have heard a lot of people talking about something called Black Friday and how excited they are to pick up some bargains before Christmas. If you are at a loss as to what this is, you are certainly not alone, so what exactly is Black Friday?


2014-12-12 15:45:27

Christmas Daily Deals - Day 1

If you are having a little difficulty in trying to decide what to buy for a keen Mariner for Christmas, then a Beken Calendar really would make a perfect gift.

The Beken Calendars have been published every year since 1973 and continue to remain popular amongst boating enthusiasts. It is not uncommon to see one of these beautiful calendars on the walls of a mariner’s kitchen, and of course, their boat.  


2014-12-12 15:45:15

Save £35 on Gill Men's Thermogrid Hooded Top- Daily Deals 2

As part of our countdown to Christmas we are offering you superb savings every day from all of your favourite products from Mailspeed Marine. This Gill Thermogrid Hooded Top is a technical fleece which offers warmth and breathability. 


2014-12-12 09:12:49

Mailspeed Marine's Christmas Daily Deals- Day 3

 If you spend over £100 on Mailspeed Marine today (12/12/2014) we will give you a £5 gift voucher for free!


2014-12-12 13:31:40

Mailspeed Marine's Christmas Weekend Deals

This weekend on Mailspeed Marine we have some fantastic offers and savings for you. On Saturday we are offering you 10% off deck shoes and on Sunday we are offering you 10% off all SealSkinz Products! 


2014-12-12 15:44:43

Mailspeed Marine's Christmas Daily Deals- Day 6

As part of our Daily Deals in our countdown to Christmas, today we are delighted to offer you 2 Sailcloth jackets for him and her for only £99.99!


2014-12-18 08:59:48

10% off Everything on Mailspeed Marine

As you will be aware we are getting closer and closer to Christmas and you I am sure that you will have already done a lot of shopping in preparation. If like a lot of people you are not as organised as you would like to be and you haven’t quite finished, Mailspeed Marine may just have the answer for you.


2014-12-17 14:21:42

Popular Christmas Gifts on Mailspeed Marine

Every year it always seems to be the same, you make big plans to do your Christmas shopping early and get it out of the way with, but it never seems to work! All of a sudden time seems to have disappeared and you are left scrambling around with others trying to grab the last few remaining gifts left on the high street. Needless to say, this is highly stressful and is certain to cause you to be anything other than in the Christmas spirit.


2014-12-24 09:48:32

Boxing Day Sale on Mailspeed Marine

As your eyes wander to the leftover turkey in the fridge, the thought of tackling a huge pile of turkey sandwiches is likely to be as appealing as sailing around the world in an inflatable dingy. With all of the excitement and build up to Christmas, it is normal to feel a little dejected on Boxing Day and feel the need for a little pick-you-up. A lot of people brave the high street with crowds and crowds of other shoppers seeking out a bargain and save themselves some money. If trying to battle through crowds of shoppers isn’t exactly your cup of tea, then don’t worry, Mailspeed Marine have got it covered.


2014-12-28 09:42:22

Clearance Sale on Mailspeed Marine

It seems to have become a tradition at this time of year to venture out onto the high street and battle fellow shoppers in a quest to find goods at bargain prices. It doesn’t sound like my idea of fun and I’m certain that it doesn’t sound too appealing to you either. Also, I know from my own personal experience that there isn’t much of a selection of nautical goods available on your average high street. If you are a fellow lover of all things nautical then you will be longing to get back out on the water, so why not treat yourself a little something nautical which will somehow seem to bring the day you venture back out onto the water that little bit closer.


2014-12-31 18:09:53

A Very Happy New Year from Mailspeed Marine!

Now that the festivities of Christmas have died down, we can finally welcome in the New Year and look forward to a happy and prosperous year ahead. I am sure that you can't wait to get back on your boat and back out onto the water, but sadly for the time being we will just have to wait.


2015-01-05 14:30:25

30% off Dubarry Clothing on Mailspeed Marine

Now that Christmas is well and truly behind us things are slowly beginning to return to normal. We all feel a little blue in January as we return to our weekly routine and January always seems to be one of the slowest months of the year. We all need a little pick-you-up and that is why here at Mailspeed Marine we have got a tasty little treat for you. 


2015-01-08 09:22:20

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Thursday 8th January

To celebrate the London Boat Show we are delighted to be able to offer you some fantastic daily deals on Mailspeed Marine. We will be offering you some fantastic savings everyday until the final day of the Boat Show so make sure that you keep checking Mailspeed Marine and grab yourself a bargain!

Today we are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to save £55 off the RRP of the Icom M23 Buoyant VHF Marine Transceiver!


2015-01-09 09:35:22

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Friday 9th January

As I am sure you already know, we are offering you the opportunity to grab yourself a different bargain everyday on Mailspeed Marine. Remember, these offers will run for the entire duration of the London Boat Show! Today we are delighted to be able to offer you 50% off the Crewsaver 50N CSR Response Buoyancy Aid.


2015-01-10 12:32:19

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Saturday 10th January

The Gill OS2 Jacket is an incredibly versatile and durable jacket which is capable of withstanding the harshest offshore and coastal weather conditions whilst keeping you bone dry and comfortable. We are delighted to be able to offer you a huge £50 off this beautiful Gill jacket, which really is everything an offshore jacket should be.


2015-01-11 11:51:19

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Sunday 11th January

The WavEco 2.6M Slatted Floor Dinghy is incredibly lightweight and perfect for leisure use and comes fully equipped. The dinghy is lightweight yet robust thanks to the 750 gram 1100 denier Polyester construction of this WavEco dinghy. 


2015-01-13 09:14:57

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Monday 12th January

If you are in search of a way of transporting your sailing gear with convenience then today’s daily deal is perfect for you. Why go through the hassle of carrying several bags when you could store and transport it all in one single bag?


2015-01-13 09:18:44

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Tuesday 13th January

To celebrate the London Boat Show 2015, we are delighted to be able to offer you £70 off the Crewsaver ErgoFit 190N life jacket. If you are looking for a life jacket which offers the quality of a professional life jacket, then look no further. We are delighted to be able to offer you this Crewsaver jacket for only £109.99 complete with a light and hood! This offer will run on Mailspeed Marine for the duration of the London Boat Show, but now, let’s take a closer look at what the Crewsaver ErgoFit 190N can offer you.


2015-01-14 12:28:56

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Wednesday 14th January

To Celebrate the London Boat Show we are Delighted to Offer you a £70 Saving off the Orca Bay Mull Boots- They Could be yours for Only £99.99!


2015-01-15 09:07:16

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Thursday 15th January

If you are like a lot of people and your sailing is restricted by a budget then the Mailspeed Marine Charter 150N Lifejacket is perfect for you. The Charter 150N lifejacket comes in two different variations: manual or auto and harness, both featuring a manual activation toggle. If you purchase the Auto gas inflation version, it comes with a harness facility which can allow it to be used with a safety line.


2015-01-16 14:32:22

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Friday 16th January

These patented SMART TABS boast a unique trim and a stabiliser system that automatically adjusts to suit the water conditions, essentially this means that expensive electronic or hydraulic hardware and switches are not required.


2015-01-17 11:06:02

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Saturday 17th January

If you need to keep your hands warm this winter then the SealSkinz Outdoor mittens are perfect for you. These mittens are fully waterproof, windproof and at the same time highly breathable, making them ideal for winter use in any marine environment.


2015-01-18 11:09:23

London Boat Show Daily Deals- Sunday 18th January

As you will know we have been offering you the chance to make some fantastic savings for the entire duration of the London Boat Show. As one of the UK’s leading premier online chandlers, we have got everything that you could possibly need. Whether you are after a new pair of deck shoes, some sailing clothing or even some deck hardware, we’ve got it all covered.


2015-03-11 15:22:44

Review of the Icom M23 Handheld VHF Radio

The Icom M23 measures in at just under 13cm in height and is powered by a mobile phone sized 3.6V Lithium-Ion battery pack. It is one of the best-value VHF marine radios currently available on the market.

It is one of the lightest and most compact buoyant that you can buy, but it certainly does not compromise on power or performance. It more than matches the audio and battery performance of similar models that are currently available.


2015-05-08 09:04:47

Get Back on the Water: Boat

The season has finally begun and with it comes the need to get your vessel in shape and ready for getting back out on the water. Once you've cleaned, scrubbed and polished her down there are plenty of things that will need replacing and we're on hand to help!


2015-05-08 09:08:42

Get Back on the Water: Crew

With the new season looming it's time to get everyone in the crew kitted out and ready. We have compiled a list of this season's essentials from new clothing from top brands to innovative safety equipment...