The best sailing jackets in 2017

A good sailing jacket is possibly the most important item in your sailing wardrobe and probably the most expensive. Therefore, you should make sure you pick the right one for you. The jacket that you need will depend of the type of sailing that you take part in - ocean/offshore, coastal/inshore or day sailing/lightweight.

Here are 6 of the jackets that we recommend…

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As the name suggests, these foul weather jackets are designed to protect sailors from the harshest ocean conditions. Therefore, they are 100% waterproof and windproof, to provide the desired level of protection. Many popular brands incorporate hi-tech and durable materials, such as the GORE-Tex, and coat their garments in repelling agents to keep water at bay. Ocean sailing is generally more dangerous due to the severe weather conditions, so our jacket picks here have a focus on personal safety…

Musto MPX Offshore Jacket

The MPX jacket from Musto incorporates the popular GORE-Tex technology. Although it is designed to withstand the harshest offshore conditions, the MPX still manages to stay lightweight and breathable. This makes it comfortable to wear, even during prolonged sailing periods.

Musto understands the importance of safety and have developed their own innovative photo-luminescent strips. These strips absorb light energy during the day, releasing a long lasting glow at night. This gives 360° visibility and increases your chance of being spotted in a man overboard situation.

This jacket will allow you plenty of freedom of movement, with its articulated elbows and underarms. To keep you nice and warm, the collar is high and fleece lined, as well as pockets that are hand warmers. Save time and energy, as there are handy lifejacket attachment points that allow the lifejacket and MPX jacket to be taken off and put on together.

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Musto BR2 Offshore Jacket

Musto’s BR2 jacket helps you to feel secure and prepared for anything. As it is waterproof and breathable, this jacket provides foul weather protection and performance for anyone planning a lengthy trip on the water.

This jacket has great features that have been tested by elite offshore sailors, such as the double cuffs, adjustable hem, double storm flap with drainage channel and a high collar. The roll away fluorescent hood works brilliantly with the high collar, to keep you completely dry.

You can attach your lifejacket to the front and rear toggles. Hidden behind the large cargo pockets are fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. There are a choice of colours available and you should consider picking a size with plenty of room for any under garments you may wear underneath the jacket.

coastal and inshore sailing jackets

Although still waterproof and durable, jackets in this category tend to be more lightweight than conventional offshore jackets. This gives the wearer more freedom of movement, which is a handy feature when you’re maneuvering in tighter spaces on a smaller vessel. The lightweight nature of these jackets can mean they do not offer as much protection from the cold. Inshore sailors prefer to adjust to the changeable inshore weather by adding/removing layers, rather than wearing a heavyweight jacket.

XM Yachting Coastal Jacket

Crafted in a lightweight polyamide, this jacket is durable, breathable and waterproof. Specifically designed for coastal navigation, the XM Yachting Coastal Jacket also features mesh lining, a fleece-lined collar and chin flap, adjustable hem tensioner and an inner zipped security pocket. There is a 2 way zip with a double storm flap and drainage channel.

For added safety, this coat features retro-reflective tape on the chest. To secure your lifejacket, there are 3 loops built onto the jacket. Like with any sailing jacket, you should consider the size in relation to the amount of layers you may wear underneath.

Musto Corsica BR1 Jacket

Made from a fully breathable fabric, the Corsica is completely waterproof to a BR1 standard. It has been designed specifically as an entry-level sailing jacket, but also smart enough to wear on land too. The jacket is lined with Arctec 160 fleece, which only retains 1% of its weight in water, when wet.

Sailors praise the adjustable cuffs, hem and easily removable hood. Thanks to the articulated sleeves, you can move about easily and unhampered. Keep your essentials safe by stashing your phone, keys and sunglasses in the generous side and chest pockets. There is even an internal pocket with a handy headphone cable exit point.

Lightweight sailing jackets

Jackets in this section are less technical than their more expensive counterparts, but are often still waterproof and lightweight, like Inshore/Coastal jackets. Most sailors like to wear this type of jacket on a day-to-day basis, which allows more focus on comfort, regardless of the weather conditions.

Dubarry Starboard Jacket

Breathable and waterproof, this jacket is much loved by Mailspeed Marine customers. It features a PrimaLoft filler and a 100% polyester outer shell fabric. The sleeve cuffs are part elasticated, with Velcro fastened adjustable tabs. The pockets are fleece-lined hand warmers.

As well as keeping the water out and keeping you warm, this jacket also looks great. There is classic Dubarry branding and horizontal quilting on the interior body lining. Easily use your headphones, with the secure internal zipped pocket headphone cable holder. This is an ideal outerwear jacket for those who enjoy outdoor activities and sailing.

Henri Lloyd Sail Jacket

This fully-seam sealed jacket has been constructed from 100% waterproof and windproof fabric. There is an articulated hood pod with a water resistant zip. For added safety, there is a reflective print on the sleeves. The jacket features the famous 721X branding on the left arm and back collar.

Functionable for sailing or everyday use, the Henri Lloyd Sail Jacket has been coated with a DWR (durable water repellant) finish, which helps shed surface water, giving a faster return to dry weight time. It is highly breathable, reducing internal condensation, keeping you dry and comfortable for longer. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, this jacket is a great low-cost addition to any sailor’s marine wardrobe.

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Choosing the right life raft

 

A life raft is a fundamental piece of safety equipment that is used to provide emergency transportation and shelter, to evacuate people from a sinking or endangered vessel. They are partly collapsible, so are easier to store than life boats, which are solid. They are also much quicker to launch than life boats.

Choosing the right life raft is crucial because in the event of an accident, you would want as much chance of survival as possible. Mailspeed Marine supply Life Rafts from top brands, Ocean Safety and SeaGo.

Types of Liferafts

There are essentially 3 types of liferafts...
Rescue Platforms are commonly used for Aircraft applications. These are intended to keep survivors out of the water for shorter periods of time and have little to no gear.

Coastal or Nearshore rafts are designed for use with boats that operate close to the shoreline (between 0-10 nautical miles). Basically within areas that you would be sure of a rescue within 24 hours. These rafts are not equipped with double inflation tubes or the added emergency features for extended survival.

Offshore or Ocean rafts are meant for use for greater than 10 miles from shore and in areas with volatile or cold weather. Essentially for areas where the likelihood of rescue may be more than 24 hours, as these rafts are designed to extend survival to somewhere between 4 and 30 days. They usually have a single large buoyancy tube or double inflation tubes and supported canopies. The best life raft canopy will be highly visible on the outside.

Life rafts will either have a single or double floor. Single floors are a few mm thick and will keep you out of the water. However, they will not provide any insulation against the freezing temperatures of the sea. A double floor life raft will provide survivors with protection from the cold.

Some rafts are supplied with a ladder underneath, which is very useful if the life raft is deployed upside down or becomes capsized.

Life raft standards

There are several standards that define life rafts. The development of these standards came after the tragic Fastnet disaster in 1979, which forced manufacturers to improve their life rafts.

The ORC standard (Offshore Racing Council requirements) was the first significant improvement in life raft design and was based on a list of requirements for Offshore Racing.

The ISO 9650 life raft specification was published in 2005 and set out operational performance and testing requirements that have to be completed for each life raft model. The 9650 was designed to bring all the life raft regulations of the EU countries into line with a single standard and eradicate confusion. The ISO 9650 is split into 2 types. Type-1 life rafts are designed for open ocean navigation and have been adapted for risks that can be associated with long voyages, such as high seas or heavy winds. The Type-2 life rafts are designed for coastal and inshore waters navigation. They have been adapted for risks where moderate conditions may occur.

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A Valise is a tight fitting coated fabric that fits around the raft like a duffle bag.

For commercial life rafts, there is the SOLAS standard (Safety Of Life At Sea). For those venturing more than 150 miles from the coast, a SOLAS standard life raft is recommended. A SOLAS raft must be capable of withstanding more than 30 days at sea, be housed in a buoyant container and be strong enough to withstand repeated jumps of crew members from heights of 15 feet. There are A & B versions of SOLAS life rafts, which differ as to the equipment that they contain.

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How big should the life raft be?

You will need to decide how many people the raft would need to accommodate at any one time. You should have approximately 4 cubic feet per person as a recommendation. If you can, choose a life raft that would fit an extra 2 people instead, then you will have plenty of room for supplies. Typical capacities vary from 4 man to 10+ man.

Life raft containers

There are 2 main types of storage for a life raft. One is known as a Container or a Canister. This will be a plastic or fibreglass shell. They are not normally 100% waterproof and usually have drain holes in the bottom, allowing for condensation. Canisters can be mounted on an exposed deck.
A Valise is made of coated fabric and will fit over the raft like a tight duffle bag. They are usually lighter than a canister, but will not provide as much impact protection. A valise can be stored in a dry location, such as a cockpit locker.

How to stow the life raft

The life raft should be secured in a place that is easily accessible and allows it to be launched when needed. It should also be stowed in a place that is not exposed to potential damage in rough seas. Many modern boats have purpose built life raft lockers, which can be found either in the sole of the cockpit, the transom or in a seat locker. This allows the raft to be easily reached and also affords some protection to it over a long voyage.
You should inspect your life raft regularly, to ensure it is still in good working order.

Accessories you may need for your liferaft

Many life rafts come with an assortment of safety accessories and you can also order items separately too. At the bare minimum, we recommend keeping an up-to-date first aid kit, thermal protective aid and a personal locator beacon. At Mailspeed Marine, we have a large range of life raft and man overboard equipment for you to browse through.

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A guide to rash vests

What are Rash Vests?

Also known as 'rash guards', rash vests are athletic tops that are made of polyester, neoprene, spandex or nylon. They protect the wearer from rashes, caused by friction or sunburn. They can either be worn on their own, or under a wetsuit or drysuit.
A key component of water sport gear, rash vests are available in different thicknesses and styles for the activity used for. Thermal rash vests provide the wearer with extra warmth in the slightly colder temperatures, where they may not want to wear a wetsuit.

Most commonly used in surfing, rash vest wearers can also be found in many other water activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, water polo and wakeboarding. They are also useful as an additional protection layer when sailing or on shore activities.

Rash Vests originated in Australia, where they are known as ‘rashies’ and variations can also be found in non-water sports, such as baseball, mixed martial arts and american football.

Best Rash Vests

Gill i2 Rash Vests

  • Re-designed for improved fit and comfort
  • Activated carbon, derived from bamboo
  • Reflective sleeve logos

Henri Lloyd Cobra Rash Vests

  • Cover seam construction technique to reduce chaffing
  • UV protection
  • Quick drying fabric with a contoured fit

Musto long & short sleeve Rash Vests

  • High wicking fabric to transfer moisture away
  • Stay dry and comfortable
  • UV protection

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Henri Lloyd Energy Rash Vest

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The Stealth vest is very stretchy and is made from 80% nylon and 20% spandex. Ideal to wear under a wetsuit or over a buoyancy aid to hold down loose straps. It is quick drying and available in long and short sleeve varieties.

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Best Dinghy Boots for Sailing

What are Dinghy Boots?

Dinghy Boots are special boots for all types of dinghy sailing, designed to protect your feet from the elements and allow you to move around the deck with ease and without slipping.
They are usually made of neoprene which helps to keep your feet padded and insulated. Their flexibility allows sailors to hook into hiking straps or hike out on a trapeze system.

Which Dinghy Boots should you choose?

Top manufacturers of dinghy boots include Gill and Gul. Some are above the ankle, for added protection, and some are below the ankle, for enhanced mobility.

If you are launching from a stony area, you should look for dinghy boots with thicker soles.

Gill Hiking Dingy Boots

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Made from 90% neoprene and 10% nylon, these comfortable hiking dinghy boots have non-slip soles and a reinforced instep, toe and heel area, so hikers can feel confident of not losing ground. They also feature a neoprene gusset behind the zip, which reduces water entering the boot.

Gill Trapeze Dinghy Boots

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Made from 90% neoprene and 10% nylon, these comfortable hiking dinghy boots have non-slip soles and a reinforced instep, toe and heel area, so hikers can feel confident of not losing ground. They also feature a neoprene gusset behind the zip, which reduces water entering the boot.

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Everything you need to know about buying drysuits

What is a Drysuit?

A drysuit is a loose fitting outfit that is waterproof. They are constructed from layers of insulating fabric, to protect the wearer from cold conditions. It protects the whole body except the head, hands and on some suits, the feet too.

Drysuit vs wetsuit

Wetsuits are normally made out of neoprene, which is a synthetic material that provides insulation. Normally worn in warmer conditions, wetsuits are not designed to keep water out.
Drysuits often offer more buoyancy than wetsuits. This is because when a wetsuit compresses, it loses insulating capacity, whereas the drysuit does not.

Drysuits tend to last longer than wetsuits and hold their value for resale, whereas wetsuits are normally thrown away after some use.

Drysuit applications

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Dry suits are important for protecting sailors from spray and for accidental man overboard situations.

Drysuits are worn by sailors, divers, watersports enthusiasts and anyone else working or playing in cold or contaminated water.

Sailors primarily wear drysuits to protect from the elements when on a boat. Drysuits also protect them from spray and for accidental man overboard situations.

Watersports enthusiasts will wear drysuits for kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing and other sports where you could be immersed in cold water. They are made from lightweight material which allows high flexibility, not restricting movement.

For those working in cold water, they would pick drysuits that are made of a heavy duty material, as they could be in the water for a long time. It is important that their suit has a breathable membrane, to let moisture out of the suit.

Divers can use wetsuits and drysuits. Which one they choose will depend on the environment they are in and their specific needs. Drysuits are typically used when the water temperature is below 15 °C. Commercial or Military drysuits tend to be heavier and more durable than recreational diving suits. To protect the suit, sometimes a boiler suit will be worn over the top.

For survival purposes, drysuits are kept aboard ships that travel across cold water seas, oceans and lakes and in aircraft that travel over them. These are known as Immersion Survival Suits. Survival suits are produced in highly visible colours with reflective tape patches.

Drysuit components

The main pieces of a drysuit include a Shell, Membrane, Seals and Accessories.
The inner shell of a drysuit is the main part, in close contact with the body of the wearer. It is waterproof and usually made of thermal fabric, foamed neoprene or neoprene rubber.

The external piece of the drysuit is the outer membrane. Because they are a thin layer of rubber or nylon and less-fitting, they are flexible to the wearer in the water.

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A good drysuit should be built up with multiple layers of thermal fabric, waterproof fabric and foamed neoprene or neoprene rubber

There are seals on the wrists, ankles and neck of a drysuit, which prevent water entering the suit. Seals are typically made of foam neoprene or latex rubber and are tightly compressed.

Drysuit accessories can include thermal undersuits, boots, gloves, socks, hoods, attachment rings, helmets and air valves. Which accessories are needed will depend on the type of water and the activity the wearer is undertaking.

Choosing your new sailing drysuit

Brands

Popular brands for drysuits are Musto, Henri Lloyd, Gul, Gill and Kokatat. We particularly favour Musto and Henri Lloyd for drysuits.

Musto have a British heritage and their clothes are designed to be used in international climates too. They pride themselves on their detail and style, ensuring quality products with durability.

Henri Lloyd was founded in Manchester, England in 1963. They have a global reputation for designing and producing quality sailing products.

Features

Of the many drysuits on the market to choose from, there are many features available. Questions to ask about a sailing drysuit are whether there are taped seams? Is it breathable? Is there waterproofing and windproofing? Is the suit ergonomic? If it has a hood, does it decrease visibility? Is it brightly coloured (for man-overboard situations)? Do you want a front or back zipper?

Fabrics

Most drysuits are made from laminated materials (trilaminate), neoprene or rubber. Seals are often available in latex or silicone. Trilaminate is easy to repair and easy to get on and off, but it does require wearing thermal underneath the suit. Neoprene is very warm and hard wearing but is more tricky to get on and off.

Musto HPX Gore-Tex Ocean drysuit

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Musto MPX Gore-Tex One Design drysuit

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The Musto One Design Drysuit is perfect for sailors requiring breathability and the ultimate protection. It features internal braces, latex seals, cordura reinforced knee and seat areas and a tough metal front zip.

This Henri Lloyd Suit is available with a front or back zip fastening and is perfect for professional and extreme ocean sailing. Some of its features include internal braces, latex neck and cuff seals, reflective patches on the shoulders, back and cuffs and an optivision hood system.

Wearing your drysuit

Taking care when putting your drysuit on and taking it off will prolong its life and increase its reliability.
You should be wearing undergarments that insulate and absorb perspiration. How many layers will depend on how cold it is. Remove all jewellery, secure long hair with a band and make sure your nails are trimmed short. To preserve latex, your skin should be clear of any chemicals like sunscreen or bug spray.
When you put your drysuit on, you should make sure you are not standing on concrete or gravel, to avoid damaging drysuit socks. Step into the suit through the entry zipper. Put your feet into the drysuit socks, if there are any. You may find it easier to sit down whilst doing this. Stand up and pull the suit up like a pair of trousers.

Work one arm into the sleeve until you reach the wrist gasket. Use your other hand to open up the wrist gasket, pointing your fingers together and pushing through to stretch the gasket. Continue working it until the gasket is over your wrist and against your bare skin. Repeat this procedure for your other arm. Adjust the sleeves and gaskets so they are not twisted.

To put your head into the suit, pull the suit over your head and use both hands to stretch the gasket open as you ease it down. Once around your neck, make sure there are no creases and folds and that it is comfortable.

The last step is to zip up the drysuit. A waterproof zip is stiffer than the average clothing zip. Use one hand to pull the slider and the other to keep the zip slides straight and aligned. Once the zip is closed, you should secure any Velcro around the sleeves and ankles.

There is often excess air inside the drysuit at this point, which could make swimming awkward. To get rid of excess air, you could ‘burp’ the suit. This entails squatting as low as you can, then pulling the neck gasket away from your neck.

Test your drysuit in the water before you begin boating, to make sure everything is working as it should be to keep you dry.

Maintaining your drysuit

You should wash your drysuit after every use. Wash it in fresh water in your sink or bath, allow it to dry and store in a dark place, away from direct sunlight. It seems common sense, but you should never wash in a washing machine, dry it in a tumble dryer or use an iron. You should also never store the suit when it is still wet. Dry it indoors, inside out Ideally you should hang on a strong, wide, non-wired hanger, with the zip ¾ closed. This will help it maintain its shape.
To clean zips, use a soft brush to remove grit from the teeth. If the zip has become stiff, you can rub it with beeswax or paraffin wax. Vaseline or wax at the bottom of the zip is great for preventing water seepage. For latex gaskets, dust these with talcum powder (unscented).

Establishing a proper routine of care and maintenance will make your drysuit last you a long time.

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Choosing the best cover for your boat this winter

which is the best boat cover to buy for my boat

It is a good idea to have a boat cover, regardless of where you are storing your boat.

A good boat cover will protect your boat from rain, snow, sun, rodents, pollution, bird droppings, dust and debris. The sun, in particular, will naturally fade the appearance of the boat and the boat’s materials will naturally expand and contract as they heat and cool.

“Out of sight, out of mind”. A cover is also a theft deterrent, hiding valuable items inside.

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Tarpaulin Boat & Trailer Cover

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Types of boat bovers

Storage or trailer covers

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Trailer covers must be securely fitted and reinforced in the high-wear areas to withstand the harshness of travelling on the roads at high speeds.

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Storage covers are a looser fit, best used for protecting the boat at the dock, stored on the trailer or at anchor.

Cover fit types

Custom fit covers are made specifically for the make, model and year of your boat. They are designed to cover all the individual accessories. There are snap-on versions and tie-down versions. Because they are tailor made, a custom cover is the most expensive option, but it is the easiest to put on and remove and will last the longest of all the cover types. These covers are also the best for trailering.

Semi-custom fit covers are designed for several boats with the same hull style. It will not fit as snug as a Custom Cover, but will be a lower cost.

Universal fit covers are a one-size-fits-all concept. Ideally should not be used for heavy weather protection or trailering, they are better suited for dust cover work or light-duty.

Covers for fenders

Also known as Fender Socks, these will help you protect your boat top side because rubber fenders can damage your boat’s paint whilst docking (fender squeak). Also, fender covers will protect from UV rays, so your fenders will not melt and stick.

Fender covers are usually available in a choice of colours and sometimes with custom embroidery, to improve the look of your old fenders. An ideal fender sock will be washable with a tie for a snug fitting around the fender.

Outboard engine cover

Some covers will come with a hood for the outboard engine. Alternatively, you could purchase a separate Outboard Engine Cover to protect the boat motor from water and sun damage.

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Gaastra Inflatable Awning

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Best boat cover material

There are a wide range of materials to choose from, such as polyester, mixed blends, acrylic or cotton. Vinyl covers are popular as they are more stain resistant and easy to clean. You should choose the fabric that is best suited for the weather it is likely to face, allowing for breathability and water repellency. You should choose quality over style - the best covers are boring to look at.
The thickness of the threads used in the cover is measured in Denier. The higher the Denier, the more durable the fabric is.

UV resistance

If the boat is going to be in a humid area, you should pick a cover made from a fabric that has a good mildew resistance and breathes. For boats in direct sunlight, a cover with good UV protection is vital. 100% polyester materials are good at resisting degradation in sunlight, as are Poly-cotton covers.

Harsher elements

Boats sitting in the snow or exposed to heavy rainfall, you should pick a cover that is strong and resistant to water. Most covers are not 100% waterproof, so you may wish to consider a tarpaulin over the top of the cover too.

Choosing a boat cover colour

All covers are subject to fading and discolouration, but it will show more on bright and colourful canvases. Dark Colours are known to retain heat, which could be damaging to the components below. You should also consider whether a strong colour will dye-bleed onto your boat’s upholstery. Light grey or blue are the most popular colour choices for boat covers.

Measuring your Boat

You should have accurate dimensions of your boat when you purchase your new boat cover. Firstly, measure the boat’s centreline length. This is the straight measurement from the bow to the stern (do not measure up and over the windshield). Secondly, measure your boat’s beam width. This is the flat width of the boat at its widest point, usually near the mid ship.
You should allow for things like bow pulpits, swim platforms etc, but do not measure over them.

If the cover is fitted too tightly, the fabric and seams are at risk of stretching, which will lead to damage. If the cover is too big, it will blow in the wind, leading to risk of snagging and tearing. It will also pool rainwater, which will make it sag and accelerate the growth of mould. A support pole will help to prevent pooled water, as it creates a high point on the cover.

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Gaastra Inflatable Awning

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An awning will provide protection to the deck from rain and sun

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Tarpaulin Boat & Trailer Cover

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Taking Care of your Boat Cover

A few things you can do to prolong the life of your cover:

  • Tie the cover down securely
  • Add padding to certain parts of the boat before adding the cover, to avoid rips and tears (e.g. Windshield)
  • Allow the cover to dry completely before folding for storage
  • Attend to any minor damage immediately

Boat Cover Cleaning & Treatment

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Use a soft brush to take clean any grim and dirt from your cover

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Use a specialised canvas cleaner to safely clean all types of white and coloured canvases

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Starbrite Vinyl Boat Wash

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If your cover is made from vinyl you can use specialised boat wash to wash off any dirt and grime

You should wash your boat cover with a Canvas Cleaner and a soft brush. Shake off any dust and use a hose to rinse off the dirt. Do not use a Jet wash as this can damage the canvas threads. A compressed air can is great for stubborn dirt. Pay attention to the seams on the cover as this is where grime and dirt can build up. The Starbrite Sail & Canvas Cleaner is ideal as cleans and brightens fabrics, without weakening the thread. Once cleaned, the cover should then be air dried.

Vinyl

If your cover is made of Vinyl, or there are vinyl windows on your cover, you should wash off loose dirt and grime with Boat Wash. Next, we recommend the Starbrite Vinyl Polish & Restorer. You can just wipe it on, allow it to dry, then buff it off to leave behind a high quality waterproof protective coating that will protect against harsh UV rays and keep the vinyl soft and supple, with a long-lasting shine.

Waterproofing

Once the cover is clean and dry, you could then waterproofing treatment to restore water repellency and extend the life of the cover. The Starbrite Waterproofing with PTEF is very easy to use. Simply apply to the cover with sprayer, brush or sponge to a thoroughly wet top surface. Take care to avoid overspray, drips or penetration onto surfaces not being treated. You should not fold or store the cover until it is completely dry.

Best Boat Cover Manufacturers

Sunbrella is a popular boat cover manufacturer. Their fabric is often backed by a long warranty, but can be expensive. Recacril is gaining more and more popularity as a quality fabric.

Whichever cover manufacturer you choose, here is a helpful guide to desirable features you should look out for:

  • UV/Mildew Resistance
  • Quality Material
  • Breathable
  • Reinforced Corners & Seams
  • Water Resistant/Repellent
  • Support Pole
  • Quality Tie-down Straps
  • Light-Weight
  • Good Warranty - longer the better
  • Trailerable

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Lalizas Powerboat Cover

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Gaastra Inflatable Awning

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Tarpaulin Boat & Trailer Cover

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These tarpaulins can cover your boat in the winter and are are tear resistant and UV stable

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Lalizas Powerboat Cover

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Use a soft brush to take clean any grim and dirt from your cover

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Starbrite Sail & Canvas Cleaner

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Use a specialised canvas cleaner to safely clean all types of white and coloured canvases

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Starbrite Vinyl Boat Wash

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If your cover is made from vinyl you can use specialised boat wash to wash off any dirt and grime

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Winterising your boat : How to ensure your boat is ready for the winter

How to winterise your boat

It may not be something that any of us enjoy but winterising is an essential element of boat maintenance. The time, effort and funds you spend for the winter period will definitely affect your vessel’s performance come spring.

Ideally winterisation should begin before the boat is out the water and the temperature starts to drop. This will give you plenty of time to fully service your boat and repair any damages that may have occurred over the spring and summer. It’s also important to maintain winterising activity, until spring has begun. You should bear in mind that many insurance policies will not cover damage done by lack of maintenance.

Proper preparation will help protect the controls and electrics in your engine, in case any damp creeps in from wet weather. Damp can also creep into the inside of the boat, so it’s important that your furnishings are protected, to prevent nasty smells and potential mould spots.

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Pela Oil Extractor Pump

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Use an Oil Pump Extractor to change the oil in your engine to prevent damage from residual moisture & acids

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Starbrite Fogging Oil

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Spray fogging oil into your engine cylinders to prevent rust and corrosion

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Harken Tef Gel Lubricant

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Use a lubricant on your propeller threads and shafts. This will ensure there are no deposits build-ups from evaporated fuel.

Where to store your boat

The ideal place to store your boat, during the winter season, is undercover and out of the water in a storage area, with a backup generator and climate control. Indoor storage, however, is an expensive or impossible option for most of us, so an affordable alternative is to cover the boat with a shrinkwrap or tarpaulin.
In or out of water? Keeping a boat out of water will reduce the likelihood of storm damage, hull blisters, theft or sinking. However keeping a boat in water means it has less chance of sudden freeze, as water retains heat longer than air. If you do keep the boat ashore, you should think about winterising earlier than you would for boats in the water, as the lower temperatures will affect them sooner.

If you do plan to take your boat off the water this winter, then you may want to consider the following:

  • Put an old cloth or rag up your through-hull fittings and exhaust
  • Remove all fenders. This will prevent them from scratching the outside of your boat if the wind picks up

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Starbrite -50oC Non Toxic Anti Freeze

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Remove all water and replace with antifreezer to reduce risk of destroyed water lines and equipment from freezing.

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Boat Covers

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Atwood Cordless Pump

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Use a cordless water pump to flush your engine with clean water and anti-freeze

Where to start

Make a checklist of all the things you wish to accomplish and the tools, parts and fluids you will need to achieve them. If you are an inexperienced boat owner, you may wish to seek out an experienced friend or professional. If your boat is stored in a marina, you should check your contract as some winterising tasks may be covered by them.

Check your boat’s manual for specific manufacturer’s winterisation instructions and recommendations and view our top tips below.

Winterising Engines/Generators

A vital element of winterising your boat. Maintaining your boat’s engine will reduce the risk of freezing and expensive future repairs.

Fuel

Once you have replaced the fuel filter and water separators, you should check it for leaks whilst the engine is running. To prevent the gasoline from winter oxidation, corrosion and degradation, add some stabiliser and fill the tank to about 95% full, allowing for expansion.

You could add some Vaseline around the thread of the fuel filler cap seal. This will stop rain water getting in and to make it easier to open again in the future.

Engine Flushing

The exact method here will vary depending whether you have an inboard, stern or outboard engine…

Engine Flushing -  Inboard & Stern Engines

Flush the engine with clean water, using water muffs or similar, and circulate antifreeze through the manifold. Connect the antifreeze to the intake hose from the water pump. If the intake hose is hard to reach, you could use a valve or sea strainer. Start the engine and allow the antifreeze to circulate until it begins to discharge from the exhaust for 30 seconds. Change the transmission fluid.

Important - Make sure the antifreeze you use is non-toxic and is made for marine use for the lowest available temperature. Our customers love Starbrite -50°C Antifreeze, which is does not need to be diluted and is ready to use.

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Starbrite Starton Fuel Additive

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Add some stabiliser to your fuel to prevent winter oxidation, corrosion and degrading.

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Atwood Cordless Pump

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Use a cordless water pump to flush your engine with clean water and anti-freeze

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Inlet Raw-Water Strainer

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A sea strainer can be used to reach your intake hose to flush an engine ready for antifreeze to be added.

Engine Flushing – Outboard Engines

Check the boat manual very carefully, in case there are specific procedures you should follow for your boat, in order to maintain warranty coverage. Check the drain holes are open. Flush the engine with fresh water and wash it all down with soap and water, rinsing thoroughly. You will need water muffs or similar for this exercise.

Oil

Prevent damage to vital engine parts from residual moistures and acids by changing the oil. Run the engine to warm it up, which will allow impurities to be drained with the oil. Shut the engine off and remove the dipstick. Insert suction hose of the oil pump and suck out all the old oil. Replace the oil filter too. Once done, restart the engine for a few minutes to allow the fresh oil to internal parts. Make sure the oil filter is not leaking at this point.

Oil & Inboard Engines

For internal engines, remove the Spark Plugs and spray Fogging Oil into the cylinders. Use the oil to wipe down the engine, to prevent rust and corrosion. Replace the Spark Plugs.

Oil & Outboard Engines

For external engines, spray fogging oil into the air intakes whilst the engine is running and the cowl removed. Remove the fuel line and spray oil until the engine dies. This will make sure there are no deposits build-ups from evaporated fuel. Grease the propeller threads and shafts and change the gear oil in the lower unit.

For Stern Drives, if it has a rubber boot, this should be checked for cracks. Remove any plant life from the lower unit.

Bilges

Clean any oil spills with soap, hot water and a stiff brush. This Starbrite Heavy-Duty Bilge Cleaner will disperse and loosen sludge and grime that has built up in the bilge, so it can be pumped out. Once they are clean and dry, you can then spray them with a moisture displacing lubricant. To prevent water from freezing, you could also add some antifreeze in the lowest part of the bilge. You could also paint the bilges white, which will highlight any future leaks and drips.

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Pela Oil Extractor Pump

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Use an Oil Pump Extractor to change the oil in your engine to prevent damage from residual moisture & acids

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Starbrite Fogging Oil

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Spray fogging oil into your engine cylinders to prevent rust and corrosion

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Harken Tef Gel Lubricant

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Use a lubricant on your propeller threads and shafts. This will ensure there are no deposits build-ups from evaporated fuel.

Winterising a Boat Water System

Removing all water and replacing with antifreeze is the best method to reduce the risk of destroyed water lines and equipment from freezing.
If you have a dockside fresh water hookup, this should be shut off on shore and the hose drained and stowed. Drain the onboard freshwater tank by opening all the water outlet spigots below. Turn the pump on and pour 2-3 gallons of non-toxic antifreeze (more if you have a hot water heater) into the boat’s portable water storage tank, turn on all the faucets, including the shower. Once you see the antifreeze coming out, turn off that fixture and repeat for all the fixtures on the boat. Turn the pump off when done.

If you have a anchor washdown or saltwater washdown, you should winterise this too. If the seacock is in the water, you should close this, otherwise disconnect the intake at the seacock. Jam the loose end of the intake into an antifreeze container. Turn on the pump, open the valve and leave open until the antifreeze runs out.

You should also clean sinks and showers. Once they are dry, it is a good idea to pour some antifreeze down the drains.

Waste System

Empty the toilet and pump it dry with a toilet pump, to avoid that horrible job when the spring comes round. Put some cleaner around the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Flush and rinse, then pour some antifreeze through the bowl, pump, holding tank, y-valve and discharge hose.

Ventilation and Damp Prevention

Ventilation is key as it will ensure your boat stays damp and mildew free. The best way to prevent damp is by installing some secure deck hatches and boat vents. A dehumidifier is essential if your boat is prone to getting damp - especially if the boat is going to be shrinkwrapped. Moisture condensation traps are ideal for absorbing moisture and smells in confined spaces.

Remove items from the boat that are likely to soak up damp that creeps in, such as bedding, clothing, cushions etc. If you have no room to store these items, you should hang them throughout the boat, to stop them collecting moisture. Vacuum inner compartments, drawers and any carpeted areas. Make sure all food is emptied from cupboards and fridges. Leave all the drawer and cabinet doors open, to allow the air to filter around.

Leaving a cabin heater on a low thermostat will provide a little warmth and prevent mould/mildew build-up. These slimline tube heaters are ideal as they have a built-in thermostat.

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These slimline tube heaters are ideal for providing a little warmth and preventing mould/mildew build-up. They also have a built-in thermostat so you can regulate the temperature

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Condensation Moisture Trap

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Moisture condensation traps are an ideal addition to your boat during the winter for absorbing moisture and smells in confined spaces

Gas

Turn off your gas from the bottle and make sure you burn off any gas in the pipes. This is a good practise to get into all year round, when you are not on the boat.

Electrics

Make sure the battery is fully charged and the terminals are clean. Add any water if necessary. Disengage it and store somewhere safe and dry for the winter, charging every 4 weeks or so. If the battery is over 4 years old, you may wish to consider replacing it. If you are unable to remove the battery, you should leave it fully topped up and recharge it regularly. This is because full batteries are less likely to freeze in low temperatures.

Solar power trickle chargers are popular as they maintain a natural discharge in the winter and power in the summer.

Turn off all battery switches and breakers, so nothing can surge. You should also defrost and turn off any appliances, such as fridges and freezers.

Check your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm batteries are working. Also check that all the electrical items are working - navigation lights, interior lights etc.

UV Light Protection

Ultra Violet light can really damage your boat’s equipment. Cover all compasses and built in electronics to prevent the light from cracking or fading their features. Check jackstays for degradation. If they are more than 10 years old, you may want to think about replacing them.

A UV Wax Sealer will provide excellent UV protection for boat areas above the waterline. Use in combination with Marine Polish for a long-lasting, high gloss, hard-shell protection. For any Vinyl, we recommend Starbrite’s vinyl cleaner & polish, which will not only protect from UV light damage, but will also prevent cracking and flaking.

For Marine Teak and other fine woods, we recommend the Starbrite Teak Oil. This uses premium natural oils that are chemically modified to resist weathering from UV and is fast-drying and easy to use. To restore the natural colour of the teak, try International Paints Boat Care Teak Restorer, for use internally and externally.

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UV Wax Sealer

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Applied to the outside of the boat above the waterline, a UV Wax sealer provides UV protection by sealing out oxygen and preventing the binding resins from deteriorating.

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Starbrite Teak Oil

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Use a teak oil on marine teak and other fine woods. This teak oil uses natural oils and that have been chemically modified to resist from weathering & UV rays.

Security and Safety

For security, you should remove any valuables, flares, extinguishers etc. Over the winter, some of these items could be cleaned, examined or replaced as necessary. Check the expiry dates on flares. You should also consider booking in services for liferafts and lifejackets.
Your boat should be left in the most secure place you can - away from prying eyes if possible. Remove the propellers and store them inside, protect the drive with locks and if possible you should lock the entire rig to an immovable object, such as a fence or tree, with a sturdy chain and padlock.

Cleaning

Before storing it for the winter, it is advisable to have a good clean of the boat. Removing any dirt and marine growth in the winter will be much easier than coming back to it in the spring.
We have a range of boat cleaning products that are tried and tested. Try to remove any salt and dirt deposits that have built up. You should be cautious using a powerful jet wash, as this can cause damage to seals and trims. Never use a jet wash on teak!

Sailboats

If you have a sailboat, you could store your sail at home, where you can repair and clean it if needed. Have a thorough visual inspection of all the components, checking for damage to stitching and tears in the fabric. Make sure sails are completely dry before storing. Some sailmakers do offer a clean, repair and storage service, so that could be worth checking.

Give the standard rigging a rest by unstepping the mast. Check the terminal fittings for damage and corrosion and check the wire riggings for signs of fatigue and loose strands. You should also check halyard sheaves for any damage.

Trailers

Inspect and repair any problems you come across with bearings, tires, lights, jack, winch or coupler. Make sure everything is well lubricated and protected from the elements. Paint any areas that could rust. For theft prevention, you could remove the wheels. Doing this will also prolong the life of the spring, axle and tires.

Ideally your trailer should be serviced once a year, so it's a good time to do it now, whilst you are winterising your boat. You should also wash it down with fresh water, every time you use it.

By following these suggestions, you will give yourself the best chance of keeping your vessel in shape over the winter months.

Check out a video from our friends at Boats & Outboars about Winterising your boat exterior

De-Winterising your Boat for Spring

If you properly winterised your boat, then you are in a great position. There are just a few things worth checking to reverse the process.
Have a thorough cleaning, getting rid of dust and dirt that may have accumulated over the winter. Check and repair any dents or gouges that may have occurred. Put a coat of wax over the surface to protect it from UV damage. For wooden boats, you should check carefully for any rot or damage.

For the engine, you should check all the levels and lubricate any moving connections. Reconnect fuel lines and tighten hose clamps. You should also reconnect and test any electrical items, before you launch. Any oil, fuel or air filters should be checked and replaced if needed. Check belts and cables for wear. Test the battery, top off any fluids, clean any corrosion from terminals and reattach cables.

You should check your safety equipment including fire extinguishers, flares, buoyancy aids, life rafts, life jackets, hand pumps, safety ladders and first aid supplies. Remember that with life jackets, there should be one per person aboard and they should be kept in an easily accessible place. The amount of fire extinguishers that you need will vary depending on the length of the boat - 1 for less than 26 feet, 2 for between 26-40 feet, at least 3 for 40-65 feet.

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Gifts for Boat Lovers : Nautical gifts for boat owners & boat lovers

Have a nautical or fishing enthusiast in your life and not sure what to buy them? We have put together a helpful gift guide for the best boat related presents you could wish for.

Nautical Stocking Fillers

Nauticalia Porcelain Campfire-Style Mugs

Perfect for the tea or coffee lover, this bright white mug is designed to look like enamelled tin, but is made from quality porcelain, keeping hot drink hot, without scorching hands. Both dishwasher and microwave safe and supplied boxed, this is a great low-budget gift. Why not pair up with some nautical themed coasters that any boat lover will appreciate?

Nautical Themed Keyrings

Boat fanatics will be happy to find these nautical themed keyrings in their Christmas stocking. With so many great designs to choose from, which one will you pick? 

Buy a Brass Ships Wheel key ring for the captain of the boat. Or this fish bones bottle opening key ring is perfect for any fisherman.

LightHouse Money Box

Help them save their pennies with this Lighthouse Money box. An ideal stocking filler for any seaside or coastal dweller, available in blue or red.

Boating Gifts for Him

If you've got a man in your life who's into his boating or sailing then he will be delighted to receive these nautical gifts for Christmas this year. You could buy him something fun like some nautical themes cufflinks or spend a bit more and buy him a Go Pro so he can capture his best moments out at sea.

Porthole Clock Box

Available in Brass and Chrome, these handsome porthole clocks will make a unique Christmas gift for any boat lover.

Marine Themed Cufflinks

If you're looking for a low cost gift option why not buy him some fun marine themes cufflinks. With designs from wheels and anchors, to lighthouses and reef knots...They will be the envy of all their sailor friends!

Musto Nautic Deck Shoes

These Deck Shoes from Musto are very popular with marine enthusiasts, who love the water resistant leather and dapper stitch style. Ensure they look the part, both on and off the deck.

For more winter style boating shoes, you could buy him some all weather boating shoes to keep his feet dry when he's out sailing in choppy weather.

These Ultima Sailing Boats from Dubarry are comfortable and very hard wearing, so he should be please to receive a pair of these stylish boots.

 

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Sebago Bala Deck Shoes

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Ladies love these hand-sewn moccasin slip-on-shoes. One famous lady in particular, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) has been spotted wearing them on her nautical themed engagements

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Bainbridge Sailcloth Tote Bag

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Ideal for a low-cost nautical gift, this Bainbridge Sailcloth Tote Bag will be greatly appreciated. Perfect size for a shopper or for the beach, this Tote bag is incredibly durable and looks great!

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Musto Womens Knitted Gift Set

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A wonderful present to keep them warm this winter. This set is comprised of a white and grey hat, scarf and gloves and is machine washable.

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Gill Junior Tall Yachting Boots

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Help them look the part with these junior yachting boots. Stylish and practical, they are a must have in any junior sailor’s shoe cupboard.

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Beyond Water Waterproof iPad Case

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Keep their valuable gadgets safe with this waterproof case. Suitable for all iPads, it can go underwater up to 20m and has a detachable strap for carrying.

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Rya Go Cruising Activity Book

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Keep the boredom at bay! Full of puzzles, activities and games, kids will love this book they can play in passage or in the harbour.

For the Undecided

If you've got a friend or family member into boating and you're not sure what to get them you could always opt for a voucher so they can buy what they like!

Available from £5 to £100, our gift vouchers are a simple gift choice that the boat enthusiast in your life will love. Take the pressure off and let them decide what to buy!

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  • Casio Digital Tide, Time & Moon Watch Once set for the local area, this smart Casio watch provides visual indicators of tidal status and moonphase (giving an idea of the likely range).
  • Seago Ultro 165N Lifejacket This stylish 165N lifejacket is designed with style and comfort in mind. It is light to wear, robust and easy to repack with a zipper closure.
  • Dubarry Cap – Navy This cap is made with 100% cotton fabric with comfort finish, Adjustable back strap built in with a safety clip and cord.
  • Crewsaver 100L Holdall – Large 100L holdall bag from Crewsaver in black & red. Heavy-duty construction. Clear pockets and carry handle and shoulder strap. Internal slip pockets with dry pocket.
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The NEW Garmin Quatix 3

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Whether you’re a sailor, marine sportsman or a keen fisherman you’re in for a treat! The leading brand in satellite navigation, Garmin, have just announced the latest addition to their watch family. The must-have marine watch for any sailing enthusiast, the Quatix 3, has arrived and includes even bigger and better features than previous editions. The next-generation marine GPS smartwatch is equipped with all important cruising, fishing and sailing capabilities. The Quatix 3 is far more than just a watch, it combines all the power of the Swiss company’s Fenix line with marine-specific features, whilst also providing support for additional multisport activities including golf, rowing, swimming, hiking, skiing and running. This watch is extremely versatile, it can be fully personalised for each individual user and is easily transferable from water to land.

Similarly to the previous Quatix watch, the newest edition also has the ability to stream boat data wirelessly via the NMEA 2000, a plug-and-play communication standard that connects sensor data and displays with boats. This gives sailors access to a variety of data such as speed, temperature, depth, wind data and more, all at their wrists! Connecting this information with the watch is crucial because it allows sailors to take a glance at essential information anywhere at anytime on the boat.

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When it comes to features, the Quatix 3 brings back all the good traits of it predecessors, whilst also showcasing some new and improved elements. The appearance of the watch has been designed suitably for marine activity, with its thick and rugged composition it has been built to tolerate rough conditions. The same sapphire lens remains from previous designs, along with the company’s omni-directional exo antenna which reaches GPS satellites. The more exciting features enclosed in this fantastic watch include a barometer, a compass, an auto-calibrating altimeter, GPS and an accelerometer. The watch also allows you to measure some useful activities such as a record of your sleep, your daily steps and burned calories. On top of all that the watch is also waterproof up to 100 metres, making it ideal for its surroundings. Once paired with your smartphone using the Garmin Connect app the watch immediately becomes your most trusted sailing assistant, displaying things like tide data and warning you if your course is wrong. Another new addition is the notifications feature which alerts you when you have missed calls, texts and emails.

Finally, one incredibly practical benefit of buying this watch relates to its extensive battery life. Garmin promises that the Quatix 3 battery should last you at least 20 hours in the GPS mode, which really is remarkable. So whether you’re a marine enthusiast, fisherman, rower or just keen sportsman, this watch will act as your right hand man!

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NEW Marine Features;

  • BOAT DATA STREAMING – Stream NMEA 2000® data wirelessly using ANT technology from compatible onboard Garmin electronics
  • MARINE FACES – A number of marine watch faces will be preloaded for the user to choose from such as Jolly Roger, chartplotter, GNX digits and wind gauge
  • TIDES – Up to date tide data will be downloaded for your area through your smartphone. Tide data for the next 7 days will be available to use off line
  • SAILING – Features tack assist, speed, distance, race countdown timer, distance to start line and time to burn. All of which provide valuable information for racing and cruising sailors
  • FISHING – Competition timer and fish catch log help ensure you keep track of the fish you have caught and the remaining time to fish
  • ANCHOR WATCH – Monitors anchor drift and alerts the user if the boat is drifting. Also included is an Alarm clock and Anchor Rode calculator to tell the user the proper length of anchor line to put out with adjustable scope ratio
  • DEDICATED MOB HOTKEY – Press and hold a button and the watch automatically switches to navigation mode and guides the user back to the position where the man overboard was activated
  • SUP/ROWING MODE – Measure paddle stroke count, stroke rate and distance per stroke to determine efficiency
  • VIRB® CONTROL – Wirelessly control a VIRB® X/XE or Elite action camera

Key Watch Features;

  • SAPPHIRE LENS – Protected by a scratch resistant domed sapphire glass lens
  • EXO™ ANTENNA – Omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna, which when paired with GLONASS, has the ability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
  • CONNECT IQ™ APP – Customize your watch with a variety of watch faces, data fields, widgets and applications
  • SMART NOTIFICATIONS – When paired with a smartphone, you can read emails, text messages and other notifications right on the watch
  • GARMIN CHROMA DISPLAY™ – 1.2-inch sunlight-readable, high-resolution colour Chroma display
  • WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY – Utilize Wi-Fi® or Bluetooth® BLE technology to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect and to update your software
  • ACTIVITY TRACKING – Use as an activity tracker by counting steps, calories and distance throughout the day; also features a move bar with vibration alert to motivate you to move when you’ve been sitting too long and sleep mode to monitor your quality of rest at night
  • WATER RATING – Water-rated up to 10 ATM/100 meters; suitable for swimming
  • BATTERY LIFE – Rechargeable battery: up to 20 hours in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac™ mode, 6 weeks in watch mode (depends on settings), 3 weeks in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in data streaming mode
  • NAVIGATOR + ABC – High-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS positioning with automatic calibrating altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass

Key Fitness Features;

  • FITNESS TRAINING – Real-time performance data such as time, distance, pace, calories, speed, lap data and heart rate
  • ADVANCED WORKOUTS – When paired with HRM-Run™ monitor or any heart rate monitor, calculates advanced features like recovery advisor with recovery time and recovery check, race predictor — which estimates your ideal finish time — and VO2 max estimate to improve performance
  • RUNNING DYNAMICS – When paired with HRM-Run, provides feedback on running form by measuring cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time
  • VIRTUAL PARTNER® – Virtual Partner training tool allows you to set time, distance or speed goals and then compete against a running/cyclist icon on your screen
  • INDOOR TRAINING – Built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace when indoors
  • SKI/BOARD MODE – Measures 3D speed, distance, time, vertical drop, total runs, auto pause and auto run detection, plus ski specific data pages, history of runs and performance data
  • SWIM MODE – Includes indoor/outdoor swim modes that record stroke count, intervals, distance, pace and time. For pool swimming, also counts lengths, detects stroke type and computes the user’s SWOLF score
  • STAY CONNECTED – Automatically uploads data wirelessly to Garmin Connect, LiveTrack software feature and social media (using Garmin Connect™ Mobile app on smartphone), and features smart notifications so you can receive emails, texts and alerts directly on your watch

Physical & Performance Features;

Unit dimensions (WxHxD): 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” / 5.1 x 5.1 x 1.5 cm
Display size: 1.2” / 3.1 cm diameter
Display resolution (WxH): 128 x 128 pixels
Display type: Colour transflective memory-in-pixel Garmin Chroma Display™ with sapphire lens
Weight: 3.0 oz. / 85 g
Battery life/type: Up to 20 hours in training/GPS mode; 50 hours in UltraTrac™ mode; 6 weeks in watch mode (depends on settings)/ rechargeable lithium-ion
Water rating: 10 ATM/100 meters
Interface: USB
Built-in memory: 32 MB; available 23 MB

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