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Preparing your boat for Ocean Cruising
December 2015.
Meteorologist, navigator and ARC safety inspector Chris Tibbs and his wife, Helen, are going round the world, starting with the ARC. He describes how he prepared his yacht.

Buying a Boat

If you are thinking about buying a boat, the following online resources will likely be helpful:

http://www.berthon.co.uk/
New and used yachts for sale.

http://www.yachtworld.com
Large selection of brokerage boats for sale by professional yacht brokers.

http://sailboatdata.com/
Searchable database with more than 8000 sailboats from around the world including sailboat photos and drawings.

http://yachthub.com/
Used yachts for sale, Australia and NZ wide.

Buying in Europe and selling in Australia
Posted May 2016.
Interesting discussion on Cruisers Forum on the "in's" and "out's" of a one-way adventure.

How NOT to buy a cruising boat
This book by experienced cruising couple Deb and TJ Akey, will help you navigate the search and purchase of your cruising yacht with your sanity intact. Link to great review by Charlotte of SY Rebel Heart.

Multihulls - ever more popular for cruising
October 2015.
Over the past few years there has been a growing trend for owners to choose a multihull for bluewater cruising. Yachting World investigate what is going on.

Outfitting a boat to sail around the world
Posted July 2016.
What we bought, what we learned and what we'd do differently. A great blog post by Tasha and Ryan from their Fountain Pajot "Cheeky Monkey" with some very helpful advice and recommendations.

Why Cruise a Catamaran?
A report by Cruising World Magazine:
Experienced monohull cruisers made the jump to a 46 foot cruising catamaran, and they are never going back. Here they answer the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Computers and Tablets

Computers Aboard
Posted February 2014.
Four cruisers discuss the systems that keep them connected, entertained and on course. Another informative article by Cruising World.

Liveaboard cruisers - most useful smartphone & tablet tools
Posted July 2016.
Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat. It’s no different with smartphone and tablet apps for voyaging. Here is a roundup of what these accomplished voyagers are using aboard their boats for voyaging from the South Pacific to the Arctic. By Ocean Navigator.

Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat
Yachting World article - December 2015.

iPad Navigation Across an Ocean
Posted February 2014.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive navigation solution, an iPad-based system might be right for you. Cruising World have an interesting article on this option.

Communications

For communications equipment see the Noonsite/General/Communications page.

Electrics and Electronics

Bebi Electronics, Ltd.
Waitui Bldg, PO Box 814, Main Street , Savusavu, Vanua Levu , Fiji Islands
Tel:+67-9-885-3031, Mobile:+67-9-997-2558 Fax:+67-9-885-0344
Manufacture and direct customer sales of marine LED lights. Our lights are designed by, and built by, cruisers for cruisers. They are waterproof, rugged and use a current regulator for long life and even brightness regardless of voltage conditions. Replacements for tri-color, running, anchor and steaming lights are available, along with other models.

AIS versus Radar
January 2016.
A great article by Ocean Navigator.

LED Stripe for the cockpit
Long term cruiser Hans-Joachim Englert developed this idea after spending countless hours in his cockpit without finding a suitable cockpit light.

M Power Mfg
7520 Sand Street Bldg #17 , Fort Worth, TX 76118 , See testimonial
Tel:+1 800-364-9966 (toll-free) / +1 817-590-0700 Fax:+1 817-590-0720
High output alternators.

Marine Electronic Services Ltd.
Bristol Head Office
Tel:+44 (0)1179 114111 Fax:+44 (0)1179 556289
Specialist marine electronics supplier for Europe.

Marine Safety Electronics
November 2015.
Great advice from Ocean Navigator on how to wade through all the options.

Remote Lifestyle Solutions
s/v Sloepmouche
VHF Channel 16
Marine & Interior LED. GPS Mouse compatible with Maxsea, Cmap. Free marine software download for Noonsite cruisers.

Software & Electronics for long-distance cruisers
Posted August 2016.
Art and Tracy left Europe in Dec 2014 to circumnavigate the world and as of July 2016 are still cruising the Pacific. They have a very useful website full of articles on equipment they have used (in particular communications and electronics), places visited and techniques learned.

Solbian Energie Alternative SRL
Viale Gandhi 21b , 10051 Avigliana (TO) , Italy
Tel:+39 011 9663512 Fax:+39 011 9664720
Solar panels

Trans Marine Pro
Tel:+1 954-683-7368 / +1 954-609-0946 Fax:+1 866-861-7901
An earth conscious business that promotes and installs Renewable energy systems on sailboats, run by the Murrays from their 56ft custom Bruce Roberts. Offer a unique raft up service on the East coast of the States, and USVI.

Using Tablet Computers & GPS - Accuracy & Opinions
A good starting point for field users of tablet computers that are looking to improve the GPS data they are collecting – or at least make an informed choice regarding the options available.

Engines

Baja Filters
337 W. 35th Street Suite G , National City , California 91950, USA
Tel:+1 703-851-2967
Small company but excellent service.

Evinrude Parts
Tel:Order Questions, call +1 805-547-8368
Product Related Questions Parts Catalog +1-847-689-7090 Accessories +1-847-689-7090 Literature +1-847-689-7090

Fischer Panda Generators Inc.

Marine Supplies

Mactra Marine
Unit 20, Worle Industrial Centre, Worle , Weston-Super-Mare , BS22 6BX, United Kingdom
Tel:+44 (0)1934 517288 Fax:+44 (0)1934 520684
Blue water equipment, both new and second hand. Agents for Schenker and Katadyn watermakers.

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Sails & Rigging

Dolphin Sails
400 Main Road, Harwich , Essex, CO12 4DN
Tel:01255 243366

Parasailor
The revolutionary sail with the distinctive wing, highly efficient for both running and reaching, and light on the autopilot. Specially designed for the short-handed crew, its ingeniously designed douser makes for easy handling.

Sailclamps - Emergency rollerfurl repair
107 Crown Lane, , Bellingham, WA , USA
Tel:+1 360-739-6751
An invaluable and inexpensive emergency repair method when rollerfurling fails. It can also be used to convert a rollerfurl sail to hanked on. See application examples on our website. Designed by a sailor for sailors.

Winchmate
P.O. Box 3885 , San Rafael, Ca. 94912
Tel:415 460-5151 Fax:415 460-5151
Self-tailing conversions for Barient and Barlow winches.

Self-steering

Sailing with a Windvane - Cruising World
Article posted April 2015
Useful article on the different kinds of windvanes available, and the pros and cons of each.

Windpilot Self-steering

Wind Generators

Marlec
Rutland House , Trevithick Road , Corby Northants, NN17 5XY
Tel:+44 (0) 1536 201588 Fax:+44 (0) 1536 400211
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 0830-1700 / Fri 0830-1500
Marlec's range of Rutland Wind turbines are renowned for the silent but powerful operation on board yachts. The latest Rutland 1200 has many modern and highly efficient features for combining wind and solar battery charging on board. Distributors for SunWare and manufacturers of Spectra semi-flexible solar panels for marine. Visit their website for comprehensive information and call the expert team. Renewable energy since 1979.

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Reports

Fiji to Vanuatu: Drama on the High Seas

GPS: Tips on Replacing memory battery in Raymarine Raystar 120

eZone: Clearance and delivery of online purchases into the Caribbean, Latin and Central America

Questions about Aluminium Boats

Electrics: Tips from an unplanned re-wiring

Caribbean Boatyard Safety: Good Grounding Saves Lives

Buying the ideal boat for you

North Sails: How their new sailcloth Radian can work for cruisers

Considerations for marine lightning protection - survey results

How to Extend Zinc-Anode Life

Testimonial for Quality Marine gear and Great Customer After-sales service

Selden Mast Recall - Our Experience

Butane Availability In Caribbean & Pacific

Electric Connections & Conversions in French Polynesia

Great Customer Service Bosch, Istanbul

Thinking of Purchasing a Hypalon Dinghy?

Reply to Poor Service from Quantum Sails

Iridium Airtime - How it Works

Are Propane and Butane interchangeable with most boat systems?

Iridium 9505A Sat Phone - Failure

Aquapro Inflatable Boats - Warrantee Claims

Propane verses Diesel cookers

AIS for Cruising Yachts

Which Self Steering System?

Report: Dismasted Mid-Atlantic

Managing Emergencies – Rudder Failure

Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part V: Equipment

Cooking with a solar oven aboard
SV Totem has one of these and have written a great article about the advantages of using one of these pieces of equipment on board.
Dinghy Bottom Cleaning
A simple trick, but one you perhaps haven't considered before.
End Life of Boats
What happens to boats that have reached the end of their useful life or have been abandoned? An interesting and thought-provoking article by the RYA.
Foot Powered Laundry Machine
Drumi: All you need is water, detergent and foot power. 5-10 minutes per load. Approx. 100 Euros. Lightweight and compact.
MyBoatsGear.Com
Wooden Widget
Origami Folding Dinghy and Nesting Dinghy.
www.bluewaterbaby.com
New fiberglass tender for cruising yachts.
www.frapped.com
Search engine solely for questions of boat repair and boat maintenance.
www.nauticalexecutive.com
www.seekey.se
Useful aid for people with red/green colour blindness.
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The ARC is for everyone; families with children, tough racers,cruising couples, big boats and modest boats. Crossing the Atlantic together, but having their own adventures. More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made ashore in the two weeks of pre-departure activities continued over the radio net at sea. It’s about arriving in Saint Lucia to be met on the dock with a rum punch and a chilled beer, knowing you have achieved something fantastic - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat.

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UK & Med: Imray Digital Charts now available on Raymarine chartplotters

UK & Med: Imray Digital Charts now available on Raymarine chartplotters  (05 Jul 2016)

UK, Lymington: Choosing for Offshore Cruising at the Bluewater Weekend

UK, Lymington: Choosing for Offshore Cruising at the Bluewater Weekend   (25 Apr 2016)

Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels  (25 Feb 2016)

Calling all Cruising Sailors – Do you use an iPad on board?

Calling all Cruising Sailors – Do you use an iPad on board?  (09 Oct 2015)

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LED Bulbs not be used in navigation lights  (11 Sep 2015)

Oyster Yacht sank and five crew rescued after ‘incident that compromised hull integrity’

Oyster Yacht sank and five crew rescued after ‘incident that compromised hull integrity’  (14 Aug 2015)

UK, Lymington: Choosing for Offshore Cruising at the  Bluewater Open Boat Weekend

UK, Lymington: Choosing for Offshore Cruising at the Bluewater Open Boat Weekend   (09 Apr 2015)

Indian Ocean: Volvo Ocean Race – how could a yacht bristling with technology hit a known reef?

Indian Ocean: Volvo Ocean Race – how could a yacht bristling with technology hit a known reef?  (03 Dec 2014)

Thailand: AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft in Phuket waters, effective October 1

Thailand: AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft in Phuket waters, effective October 1  (13 Nov 2014)

Participate in SAIL Magazine's Multihull Cruisers suvey

Participate in SAIL Magazine's Multihull Cruisers suvey  (06 May 2014)

UK, Lymington: Bluewater Open Boat Weekend - 7/8 June

UK, Lymington: Bluewater Open Boat Weekend - 7/8 June  (31 Mar 2014)

West Marine Recalls Folding Bikes

West Marine Recalls Folding Bikes  (14 Mar 2014)

NOAA Releases Interactive Chart Catalogue

NOAA Releases Interactive Chart Catalogue  (17 Feb 2014)

12 Brands of Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

12 Brands of Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards  (29 Nov 2013)

AIS concern - serious vulnerability to hacking

AIS concern - serious vulnerability to hacking   (23 Oct 2013)

NOAA announces end of traditional paper nautical charts

NOAA announces end of traditional paper nautical charts  (23 Oct 2013)

Yamaha Outboard Safety Recall

Yamaha Outboard Safety Recall  (09 Aug 2013)

Haiti: Great response to "Second life for used sails" project

Haiti: Great response to "Second life for used sails" project  (18 Jul 2013)

Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy

Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy  (20 Jun 2013)

Emergency Product Recall: Lite Cylinder Company Propane Tanks

Emergency Product Recall: Lite Cylinder Company Propane Tanks  (14 Jun 2013)

USA: NOAA offers free nautical chart mobile app

USA: NOAA offers free nautical chart mobile app  (24 May 2013)

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted  (23 May 2013)

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The Crash Test Boat  (10 Jan 2013)

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Crewsaver 290N Lifejackets recalled  (29 Nov 2012)

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Selden Mast Security Alert  (06 Dec 2011)

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Yellowbrick Yacht Tracker now available for individual yachts  (02 Dec 2011)

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West Marine offers refunds on Rocna anchors over manufacturing issue  (24 Aug 2011)

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Re-Filling LPG Cylinders  (20 Apr 2011)

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Product Recall - Burke Marine Deluxe & Standard Bosun Chairs  (21 Oct 2009)

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Time to clear out your cockpit locker!  (31 Jul 2009)

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Product Safety Recall - Garmin BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision v2009  (05 Jun 2009)

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Revised Seago Lifejacket Recall  (04 Jun 2008)

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An Ingenious Emergency Steering System Is Now Available  (13 Dec 2007)

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Help With Making Water Catcher  (13 Jul 2007)