Three must-have boating skills you’ll need this summer
D. Scott Croft
What are three of the most common skills any boater will need to know this summer? “Docking is often seen as a spectator sport, but everyone needs to know how to do it safely,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “Beaching your boat is also a common maneuver, as is using your boat’s trim tabs to get the best ride, so we’ve done three short videos that address each.”
Marine Auctions raises the bar with live internet bidding for auctions
Marine Auctions is proud to announce that they will be pioneering their 2015 auctions with live internet online bidding from around the world. This is a huge step for Marine Auctions who have cemented themselves at the forefront within the industry.
Sail-World new format - Important first visit changes needed
Sail-World is now live testing the changed website format. If you are using this format for the first time, please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away.
PredictWind launches new Offshore Application for Mac and PC
The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface.
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard
Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol refiners must blend into the nation’s gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
New transducer line from Garmin boasts scanning sonar
Garmin International Inc.
Garmin Ltd has announced a new line of scanning transducers designed to accommodate any calibre of mariner, from the casual cruiser to the professional angler. Supporting both the newest lines of Garmin echoMAP and GPSMAP chartplotters and multifunction displays (MFD), this full array of thru-hull and transom-mounted transducers are a valuable addition to any vessel.
Statewide operation to focus on random breath testing of boaters
Transport Roads and Maritime Services
Boat operators will be reminded the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) is the same on the water as on our roads in a joint statewide Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police campaign from tomorrow.
New Rayglass ProJet on duty at Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport has chosen an innovative Rayglass ProJet to help protect its flights from the possibility of bird strike. The airport’s Rayglass ProJet, named Kaitiaki Rangi or 'Guardian of the Skies', operates around the edges of the airport’s runways, scaring away the birds, especially swans, that sometimes congregate on the nearby banks
METS names DAME Award nominees
The organisers of METS have revealed that 45 products have been nominated to go forward for final judging by the jury of the prestigious Design Award METS (DAME) 2014 competition. The products have been selected from a total of 116 entries from 23 nationalities all over the world.
US Coast Guard to drop the current life jacket type code scheme
In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use.
$10,000 available for the best safe, clean boating outreach projects
Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public.
British ocean adventuring legend launches round the world record bid
Mr Priddy hopes to shave up to seven days off the current powerboat record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune. He will make the formal announcement at the Fathom Ship Efficiency Conference in London on Wednesday October 1st. The boat has been designed by Professor Bob Cripps, former Technical Director of VT Halmatic.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Each year, Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat show organizers strive to deliver new, exciting features to enrich the overall show experience and engage audiences. Here are the top 13 things to see and do at this year's show.
Helping boaters understand weather basics
For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas. Weather for Boaters, a new online course from the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the BoatUS Foundation aims to teach boaters the basics of weather and forecasting.
Series Point’s Championship - Formula Two team secures a second place
After a top five finish at the World Champions, Mercury – Canada’s Formula Two team secures a second place in the series points championship with a mere 29 points away from the lead and becoming the first Canadian and women to win the championship.
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz
The Departure Planning tool from PredictWind can save huge amounts of time planning and give you more hours sailing. It does this by looking at four different departure dates that are separated by 24 hours, and assessing the weather to pick the best day to leave for a particular journey
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
D. Scott Croft
Cruising sailors spend a lot of time in marina's, often a little variable in quality. Here is some information most of us have probably never thought about. While standing at the end of the boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do?
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
The Board of Directors of the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced that it will annually present a new Lifetime Achievement Award starting in 2014. Since 2011 the NSHOF has recognized American sailors, 45 years of age and older, for their impact on the growth and development of the sport in a variety of categories.
Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 - Day 1 + Video
2014 Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup - In the first day of competition, the Fleet race saw the three classes in strong competition with each other. The sun was strong and the water was slightly choppy, a regular day for most boats but still challenging for boats raced previously on lakes or along waterways.
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program
Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its 2014 At The Helm program for this year’s Boat Show. Developed in conjunction with Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, At The Helm provides sailors and powerboaters of all experience levels the opportunity to take to the water in a vessel similar to their current boat, or one they may be interested