09/29/2015 11:04 AM

Are you looking for a cheaper Anchor Winch?

You can buy a cheaper anchor winch by reducing the chain diameter without decreasing the chain stretched length and strength by choosing If AQUA 4 is the “turnkey” technologically more advanced solution for basic calibrated anchor chains, AQUA 7 is the solution for the demanding pleasure boatman who expects outstanding performances. AQUA 7 is the chain for anchor winches and designed to ensure a tensile strength of 70kg per mm2.   Artcle...
05/26/2015 11:18 AM

Comparison of AB inflatable Aluminium Hull Dinghies and a competitor

There are many Dinghy brands on the market and besides obvious decision such as size and weight, console or open, there are some less obvious distinctions to consider.  AB Dinghy reviewed their Aluminium Hull inflatable against a competitor and they have highlighted some of these less obvious distinctions. Here are some of their conclusions:  AB Transom Knees have reinforcements, these are made to receive all the stress placed by the knees. An additional advantage from AB...
03/17/2015 8:51 AM

Sailing & Rigging

Whether your boat is racing or cruising the functions and ideas for the rigging stay the same. While race boats use lighter rigs that take more strain, I believe a cruising boat’s kit is more at risk due to it’s constant exposure to the elements and the longer time it spends at sea at any one point. Stainless steel shrouds are great. They are strong, resistant to corrosion, and look good. One flaw though, you cannot determine if they are weakening or about to fail. The only way to know...
02/10/2015 10:01 AM

Electricity Onboard

In today’s modern sailing world one of the most integral parts of a boat is the electrical system. The amount of electronics available for sailors has increased exponentially in recent years, all of which require adequate power. Ten inch touch screen chart plotters paired with refrigeration units and inverters needed to charge the copious amounts of personal gadgets all take tremendous strain on a boat’s DC system. While boat owners upgrade their power generating devices they may overlook...
02/03/2015 1:11 PM

The Lifeline Battery Difference

As the preferred AGM battery of more than 150 OEMs around the world, Lifeline is the Best Battery you can Buy. Best known in the marine industry by those with mission critical applications like professional anglers, long distance cruisers and yacht captains seeking value and reliability. These Lifeline Battery owners consistently experience a working life-span between 5-8 years for their AGM batteries.   The manufacturing philosophy of the Concorde Battery Corporation is at the root...
11/14/2014 10:37 AM

Dinghy Review by Max Loubser from Ready Set Sail

A year ago we got a great addition to the Corina IV. Thanks to Budget Marine we got our hands on a twelve foot AB inflatable and an eighteen horsepower Tohatsu outboard. I’ve had some time to use and abuse the little machine and have a few observations. Firstly, the dinghy is a twelve foot Ventus weighing in at 156 pounds. This ultra light weight RIB is rated for six people and has ample room for extras and provisions. Made of weather resistant hypalon and double moulded fiberglass it...
11/03/2014 8:08 PM

An inflatable SUP should not compromise on performance

Owning an inflatable board should not mean you have to compromise on performance, looks or quality. The experience you get when you use RedPaddle boards is that of an authentic SUP experience and not a low quality substitute to the real thing. The difference is in the detail. Here are a just a few of things that set RedPaddle's boards apart from all other inflatable brands:   The best design. For the best performance. All Red Paddle Co boards are built using their Tec Air...
10/03/2014 11:37 AM

AB Dinghy Selection Guide

AB Inflatables manufactures many models and sizes of RIB's. A careful analysis of your boating lifestyle will help you make the right choice for your needs. How will you be using your inflatable? Are you acruising couple or operating a day-charter? Will you spend more time in sheltered bodies of water or out on the open seas? Planning ahead for how, and in what conditions, you'll be using your inflatable will help you decide which dinghy model is the most appropriate for you. In...
09/03/2014 1:44 PM

Boat maintenance advice from Ready Set Sail

Nothing shows use like a boat. Whether you are returning from a weekend cruise to another island or sailing into a harbor on a world cruise, your boat will need some tender loving care. That said, with a few simple practices whenever we get to a harbor our stainless continues to shine and the cockpit remains white. Stainless is something that varies with the quality of the steel but whether it rusts quickly or not, it deserves a good polish. Polish not only makes it look good but protects...
09/01/2014 12:47 PM

Rebuilding your laser

Miguel Mclawrence, who is part of the BM St Maarten team, recently rebuilt an old Laser with Honeycomb Core. This was quite a project and as you can see from the pictures, he did a great job. Miguel describes how he did it:   I started by cutting around the edge of the boat, the mast step and cockpit area, so I could then peel off the upper skin for re-use when designing the pattern of the non skid.      Then I removed the sandwich foam between the upper skin and...
08/01/2014 11:12 AM

FISH ON!

Everyone loves a steak, no doubt. Roast chicken for dinner, yes please! So many times you catch yourself breaking the ice with a fellow cruiser over a discussion of meat and where you can source it in the most obscure places one sails to. I do love meat, no question about that, but I feel that the least credit is given to the most sustainable delicacy out there: fish. Our recent crossing of the Pacific ocean proved that it is still vibrant with sea life as we pulled in at least...
06/05/2014 4:07 PM

Upgrading to LED lighting

A few years ago when LED lighting started to take off the idea of changing all 40 interior bulbs was not an option. The LED G4 bulbs were expensive, temperamental, and the harsh white light they emitted was clinical. But technology is ever advancing and the options we have now are amazing. I changed the entire interior to the new ‘warm white’ LED option. It isn’t a replica of the old incandescent glow but the doctors office is gone. The light is perfect for reading and cooking and still...
05/19/2014 8:56 AM

Hauling out? Some tips for abandoning your baby

It’s always sad when you have to put your boat on the hard or the dock to return to the “real world” for an extended stay. Not only is it a downer to give up cruising and playing for a while, but the idea of abandoning your boat for lengths of time during storm season is not one that most boaters are thrilled by. There are precautions that you can take to make your departure a little less anxiety ridden though. Let’s get the big bad wolf out of the way first. There was a time not very...
05/19/2014 9:01 AM

Heading south during hurricane season?

The best way to stay safe during a hurricane, if you plan to remain in the Caribbean, is to move south of latitude 12 degrees north. Since 1960 only two hurricanes have passed over or near Grenada (Grenada is about 12 degrees north latitude). The rule seems to be is that the further south you are in the Caribbean the less likely you will be caught up in a hurricane. As the hurricane season gets older, hurricanes form further to the north and west. Islands such as Trinidad, Grenada and...
05/09/2014 11:37 AM

Getting your boat prepped for the trip South

BASIS: My cruising life style consists of being at anchor almost continuously for four or five months at a time, then day sailing for three or four weeks, twice per year. During the time at anchor, all my energy needs are met via solar power, the engine starting every other week just to pump lubricating oil thru the motor. My sailing preparation starts three or four weeks prior to departure. All systems have to be checked: 1. Diesel Engine:        -          change filters...
05/06/2014 9:04 AM

Heading South to haul out

Our preparations for the hurricane season mean not only preparing for potential hurricanes or maintenance projects, but also for the trip we will take down south. This trip is kind of a vacation for us. We usually island hop for about 4 weeks, enjoying the sailing, the bays, the beauty of the islands and the people we meet on land or sea. Of course there is always the possibility of a problem arising with regard to our boat, S/V Boyo. It is great to have Budget chandleries or agents on...
04/10/2014 10:38 AM

Get comfortable!

Boating is a luxury for most of us, so shouldn’t it feel like one? Freedom, relaxation, escape - all of the things that you enjoy about your boat shouldn’t be impacted by inconvenience and lack of comfort. Sometimes the simplest things can affect how much you enjoy your boat. A comfortable seat, a cold drink, a cool cabin and a great sound system can really help you to relax in the way that you deserve. If the cockpit on your boat was designed only with comfort in mind, your...
03/21/2014 1:34 PM

Have fun, and then relive the fun you had forever

There are other action cameras out there, but the Garmin Virb Camera has features that make it great for recording race footage. It's an action camera tailor-made for the boating environment. With high tech features like Digital Stabilization and Lens Distortion Correction, you can shoot like a master without the film school tuition. The Wide Vű lens can shoot HD panoramic action, but it can also be set to medium and narrow for more up close and personal footage. It can be controlled...
03/18/2014 5:06 PM

Get ahead in your next regatta!

Having the right gear and equipment isn’t going to turn you into Jimmy Spithill over night, but it will make a difference in your race results. From electronics that help you hone your skills, to apparel that protects you from the elements, there are all kinds of equipment that can help you to cross the line first and still be able to enjoy the parties afterward. Electronics for Training and Racing: It used to be that tactical sailing electronics were the domain of rich and...
01/24/2014 9:56 AM

Top 10 differences between cruising the Caribbean vs. the Pacific

We asked the Ready Set Sail crew to give us some insight into the main differences between: cruising the Caribbean vs. cruising the Pacific islands… Here are the top 10 differences for you! Distances Cruising in the Caribbean is more condensed. You get the same cultural and geographical diversity as the south pacific but in a much smaller package. For cruisers with less time this counts the most. You can spend your days cruising between anchorages and villages instead of...

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