Equipment

A collection of equipment related resources.

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

General

Don’t miss the noonsite Cockpit Locker Forum. Putting sailors wishing to buy or sell surplus boating equipment in touch with each other. It takes only a few minutes to register.

Useful Resources

  • Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific

    Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific... Read More

  • Cruising Equipment – What’s your most valuable list?

    Cruising Equipment - What's your most valuable list?

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/cruising-equipment-whats-your-most-valuable-list/... Read More

  • Flag Etiquette

    Apart from the ensign, flags commonly worn by a cruising yacht comprise a burgee and a house flag (Private Signal), and when entering a new... Read More

  • Preparing your boat for Ocean Cruising

    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... Read More

  • Skippertips.com

    Not just navigation articles here, but also engine repair/maintenance, weather, boat handling etc. Some free resources, but very reasonable sign-up fee.

    http://www.skippertips.com... Read More

  • Spring Fitting-Out Checklist for your Boat

    A useful checklist of tasks to get your sailboat ready for the season by Cruising World magazine.

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/spring-fitting-out-checklist-for-your-boat... Read More

  • The Book of Sail – Gadgets and Ideas for the Cruising Sailor

    New gadgets to make life easier for the cruising sailor appear regularly. Some are worthy but many are not. This website examines new gadgets, ideas,... Read More

  • Tools we Use

    SY Rejoice has photographed their toolkit and outlined uses for every tool in the toolbox. A very useful summary of what you will need onboard... Read More

  • What Worked, What Didn’t Nine Years Later

    A report for BWS by Patrick and Rebecca Childress, who sailed away from Newport, Rhode Island nine years ago on what was supposed to be... Read More

  • Wintering: Dangers of Storing With The Mast Stepped

    http://www.morganscloud.com/2014/11/01/the-dangers-of-storing-with-the-mast-stepped/... Read More

  • www.morganscloud.com

    Information for cruisers on a variety of topics including high-latitude sailing in Greenland and working with aluminum boats.

    http://www.morganscloud.com... Read More

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.

Useful Resources

  • Buying in Europe and selling in Australia

    Interesting discussion on Cruisers Forum on the "in's" and "out's" of a one-way adventure.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f128/buying-in-europe-and-selling-in-australia-166427.html

    Posted May 2016.... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • How to buy a used yacht

    Great guidelines by ybw.com

    https://www.ybw.com/boat-ownership/buy-used-yacht-8305... Read More

  • Multihull Cruising Web Site

    Dedicated to multihull cruising this non-commercial site offers forums on every make of catamaran, a multihull links library, free classified adverts, product reviews and more.

    http://www.multihulls4us.com... Read More

  • Multihulls – ever more popular for cruising

    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... Read More

  • Outfitting a boat to sail around the world

    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"... Read More

  • Selling a Foreign Flagged Boat in the USA

    John Boyle gives a detailed report on how they went about selling their UK registered yacht in the USA.

    https://www.noonsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Selling-a-Foreign-Flagged-Boat-in-the-USA.pdf

    Posted November 2017.... Read More

  • Selling your Sailboat

    Whilst this article by Practical Sailor is aimed at how to prepare and present your cruising boat for sale, it's actually quite a good summary... Read More

  • 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... Read More

Computers and Tablets

Useful Resources

  • Computers Aboard

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

    http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/computers-aboard

    Posted February 2014.... Read More

  • How to navigate with Google Earth

    Free article in Yachting World: Meteorologist Chris Tibbs explains how to navigating using Google Earth and shares his experience of using this software.

    https://www.yachtingworld.com/bluewater-sailing/navigation-briefing-navigate-google-earth-124096... Read More

  • iPad Navigation Across an Ocean

    If you’re looking for a comprehensive navigation solution, an iPad-based system might be right for you. Cruising World has an interesting article on this option.

    http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/ipad-navigation-across-an-ocean

    Posted... Read More

  • Liveaboard cruisers – most useful smartphone & tablet tools

    Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat. It’s no different from smartphone and tablet apps for voyaging. Here is... Read More

  • Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat

    Yachting World article - December 2015.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/yachts-and-gear/top-ways-to-use-your-tablet-or-ipad-on-board-your-boat-69357

     ... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Floating Studio – Working On Board Efficiently

    Date Published - August 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner have been operating their traveling studio,off-the-grid, for nearly 5 years as they circumnavigate the Pacific. Here they share the lessons they... Read More

Electrics and Electronics

Businesses

  • Heraco Lights

    Address: 8 Whatney, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, USA, 92618

    LED lights, fixtures, DIY parts, plug 'n light kits.... Read More

  • M Power Mfg

    Address: 7520 Sand Street Bldg #17, Fort Worth, TX, USA, 76118

    High output alternators.... Read More

  • Marine Electronic Services Ltd.

    Address: Bristol Head Office,

    Specialist marine electronics supplier for Europe.... Read More

  • Solbian Energie Alternative SRL

    Address: Viale Gandhi 21b, Avigliana, Italy, 10051

    Solar panels... Read More

  • Sun Powered Yachts

    Address: USA,

    Authorized dealer of SunPower® flexible solar panels. Lightweight, durable & powerful the SunPower® E-Flex series includes the 50W, 110W & 170W panels. Free shipping in... Read More

  • Trans Marine Pro

    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... Read More

Useful Resources

  • AIS versus Radar

    A great article by Ocean Navigator.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/Web-Exclusives-2016/AIS-versus-radar/

    January 2016.... Read More

  • 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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8l75_Q3zQ4&feature=youtu.be... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    With the Earth’s north magnetic pole currently moving

    [caption id="attachment_48587" align="alignright" width="200"] Magnetic North is Shifting[/caption]

    at an unusually rapid 50 km (30 miles) a year, researchers... Read More

  • Marine Safety Electronics

    Great advice from Ocean Navigator on how to wade through all the options.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/November-December-2015/Marine-safety-electronics/

    November 2015.... Read More

  • Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy

    [caption id="attachment_50120" align="alignright" width="200"] Solar Flare: © NOAA[/caption]

    Navigation experts are warning about the possibility of decreased GPS accuracy and possible outages over the next months... Read More

  • 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... Read More

Reports

  • South Africa, Port Owen: Highly Recommended for Extended Stay

    Date Published - April 24, 2016

    A very affordable, safe place to leave a boat and an economical place to have work carried out.
    ... Read More

Engines

Businesses

  • Baja Filters

    Address: 337 W. 35th Street Suite G, National City, California, USA, 91950

    Small company but excellent service.... Read More

  • Evinrude Parts

    Address: USA,

    Product Related Questions Parts Catalog +1-847-689-7090 Accessories +1-847-689-7090 Literature +1-847-689-7090... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Fischer Panda Generators Inc.

    Fischer Panda Generators Inc.

    https://fischerpanda.com/... Read More

  • Marine Diesel Basics

    Adventurer and long-term liveaboard Dennison Berwick has put together this very useful basic guide on how best to maintain your diesel engine. With easy to... Read More

Reports

  • South Africa, Port Owen: Highly Recommended for Extended Stay

    Date Published - April 24, 2016

    A very affordable, safe place to leave a boat and an economical place to have work carried out.
    ... Read More

Marine Supplies

Businesses

  • Action Yachting Chandlery

    Address: c/o Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road, Capetown Harbour, PO Box 370, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town (Table Bay), South Africa, 7420

    Marine Supplies, laundry service, gas bottle refilling service, yacht repairs, sourcing agents for yacht spares.... Read More

  • Artisans Custom Mattress Inc.

    Address: 2200 S. Hamilton St., Saginaw, MI, USA, 48602

    Tempur-Pedic® beds in every imaginable shape with limited warranty. Authorized by the Tempur-Pedic company to customize since 1999. International shipping available. For free estimate call... Read More

  • GP Marine Management

    Geoff Pratt

    Obtain and Ship parts and equipment to Caribbean.... Read More

  • GR Pro-clean

    Deep Clean Protection for fibreglass boats.... Read More

  • Mactra Marine

    Address: Unit 20, Worle Industrial Centre, Weston-Super-Mare, Worle, Somerset, BS22 6BX

    Supply and install specialist modems required for receiving emails via Sailmail.... Read More

  • PolyBat (Lumber, etc)

    Address: PolyBat Vehia Mozelle, Tīpaeru'i, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia,

    Source of wood, sheets of plywood and construction material. Similar to a Home Depot for construction.... Read More

  • Rok Max Sports Fishing

    Address: Venture West, Greenham Business Park, Thatcham, UK, RG19 6HX

    Supply fishing tackle, frequently for ocean-going pleasure boats.... Read More

  • Sailorman – Fort Lauderdale

    Address: 350 East State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, FL 33316

    New and Used... Read More

  • WaayCool Handlines

    Address: 107 Harborview, Madison, AL, USA, 35758

    Handlines designed for the rigors of offshore bluewater fishing. Can be shipped worldwide.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Fishing: Go Saltwater Fishing

    A valuable source of saltwater fishing tips, tackle, and techniques for offshore sailors both on passage and at anchor.

    https://www.go-saltwater-fishing.com/... Read More

  • Gill

    Sailing clothing company.

    https://www.gillmarine.com/gb/... Read More

  • Mailspeed Marine

    One-stop shop for all boating needs.

    https://www.mailspeedmarine.com/... Read More

  • Online source for links to sailing equipment vendors

    Online source for links to sailing equipment vendors

    http://www.boat-links.com/linklists/boatlink-04.html... Read More

  • Rutgerson

    Deck Hardware.

    https://www.rutgerson.se/... Read More

Reports

  • South Africa, Port Owen: Highly Recommended for Extended Stay

    Date Published - April 24, 2016

    A very affordable, safe place to leave a boat and an economical place to have work carried out.
    ... Read More

Sails & Rigging

Businesses

  • Dolphin Sails

    Address: 400 Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 4DN

    Sailmaker/repairs... Read More

  • Sailclamps – Emergency rollerfurl repair

    Address: 107 Crown Lane, Bellingham, WA, USA,

    An invaluable and inexpensive emergency repair method when roller furling fails. It can also be used to convert a roller furl sail to hanked on.... Read More

  • Winchmate

    Address: P.O. Box 3885, San Rafael, California, USA, 94912

    Self-tailing conversions for Barient and Barlow winches.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • 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,... Read More

Self-steering

Useful Resources

  • Hydrovane

    Hydrovane

    https://hydrovane.com... Read More

  • Windpilot Self-steering

    Windpilot Self-steering

    https://www.windpilot.com/... Read More

Watermakers

Useful Resources

  • Getting, Storing and Using Water While Cruising

    A helpful article by Cruising Compass on how to get, store and use water. It covers watermaker options, water catchment, tanks & pumps.

    http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/getting-storing-and-using-water-while-cruising/

    April 2017.... Read More

Wind Generators

Businesses

  • Bright Green Energy Ltd

    Address: 26 Woodmere Way, Beckenham, Kent, UK, BR3 6SL

    Specialist renewable energy (solar and wind-powered products).... Read More

  • Marlec

    Address: Rutland House, Rutland House, Corby Northants, United Kingdom, NN17 5XY

    Marlec's range of Rutland Wind turbines are renowned for the silent but powerful operation onboard yachts. The latest Rutland 1200 has many modern and highly... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Choosing a Wind Generator

    Increasing energy produced from wind and sun are part of ongoing power projects on SV Totem. Read about how they found their wind generator of... Read More

Businesses

  • Action Yachting Chandlery

    Address: c/o Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road, Capetown Harbour, PO Box 370, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town (Table Bay), South Africa, 7420

    Marine Supplies, laundry service, gas bottle refilling service, yacht repairs, sourcing agents for yacht spares.... Read More

  • Artisans Custom Mattress Inc.

    Address: 2200 S. Hamilton St., Saginaw, MI, USA, 48602

    Tempur-Pedic® beds in every imaginable shape with limited warranty. Authorized by the Tempur-Pedic company to customize since 1999. International shipping available. For free estimate call... Read More

  • Baja Filters

    Address: 337 W. 35th Street Suite G, National City, California, USA, 91950

    Small company but excellent service.... Read More

  • Bright Green Energy Ltd

    Address: 26 Woodmere Way, Beckenham, Kent, UK, BR3 6SL

    Specialist renewable energy (solar and wind-powered products).... Read More

  • Dolphin Sails

    Address: 400 Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 4DN

    Sailmaker/repairs... Read More

  • Doyle Sails Northland

    Address: Opua Marina, 753a Puketona Road, Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 0200

    Peter Boyd, owner, is a highly experienced sailmaker and services a wide range of local and offshore cruising yachts and launches. He is also a... Read More

  • Evinrude Parts

    Address: USA,

    Product Related Questions Parts Catalog +1-847-689-7090 Accessories +1-847-689-7090 Literature +1-847-689-7090... Read More

  • GP Marine Management

    Geoff Pratt

    Obtain and Ship parts and equipment to Caribbean.... Read More

  • GR Pro-clean

    Deep Clean Protection for fibreglass boats.... Read More

  • Heraco Lights

    Address: 8 Whatney, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, USA, 92618

    LED lights, fixtures, DIY parts, plug 'n light kits.... Read More

  • M Power Mfg

    Address: 7520 Sand Street Bldg #17, Fort Worth, TX, USA, 76118

    High output alternators.... Read More

  • Mactra Marine

    Address: Unit 20, Worle Industrial Centre, Weston-Super-Mare, Worle, Somerset, BS22 6BX

    Supply and install specialist modems required for receiving emails via Sailmail.... Read More

  • Marine Electronic Services Ltd.

    Address: Bristol Head Office,

    Specialist marine electronics supplier for Europe.... Read More

  • Marlec

    Address: Rutland House, Rutland House, Corby Northants, United Kingdom, NN17 5XY

    Marlec's range of Rutland Wind turbines are renowned for the silent but powerful operation onboard yachts. The latest Rutland 1200 has many modern and highly... Read More

  • PolyBat (Lumber, etc)

    Address: PolyBat Vehia Mozelle, Tīpaeru'i, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia,

    Source of wood, sheets of plywood and construction material. Similar to a Home Depot for construction.... Read More

  • Rok Max Sports Fishing

    Address: Venture West, Greenham Business Park, Thatcham, UK, RG19 6HX

    Supply fishing tackle, frequently for ocean-going pleasure boats.... Read More

  • Sailclamps – Emergency rollerfurl repair

    Address: 107 Crown Lane, Bellingham, WA, USA,

    An invaluable and inexpensive emergency repair method when roller furling fails. It can also be used to convert a roller furl sail to hanked on.... Read More

  • Sailorman – Fort Lauderdale

    Address: 350 East State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, FL 33316

    New and Used... Read More

  • Solbian Energie Alternative SRL

    Address: Viale Gandhi 21b, Avigliana, Italy, 10051

    Solar panels... Read More

  • Sun Powered Yachts

    Address: USA,

    Authorized dealer of SunPower® flexible solar panels. Lightweight, durable & powerful the SunPower® E-Flex series includes the 50W, 110W & 170W panels. Free shipping in... Read More

  • Trans Marine Pro

    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... Read More

  • WaayCool Handlines

    Address: 107 Harborview, Madison, AL, USA, 35758

    Handlines designed for the rigors of offshore bluewater fishing. Can be shipped worldwide.... Read More

  • Winchmate

    Address: P.O. Box 3885, San Rafael, California, USA, 94912

    Self-tailing conversions for Barient and Barlow winches.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Aero-hydrodynamics and the Performance of Sailing Yachts

    The science behind sailing yachts and their design

    Drawing on state-of-the-art performance testing techniques in wind tunnels and towing tanks, this ground-breaking book provides invaluable new... Read More

  • AIS versus Radar

    A great article by Ocean Navigator.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/Web-Exclusives-2016/AIS-versus-radar/

    January 2016.... Read More

  • Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual

    Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual

    Nigel Calder

    Adlard Coles Nautical

    3rd edition 2005

    UK recommended price £45

    ISBN 0 7136 7226 9

    Nigel Calder has attempted to deal in one single... Read More

  • Buying in Europe and selling in Australia

    Interesting discussion on Cruisers Forum on the "in's" and "out's" of a one-way adventure.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f128/buying-in-europe-and-selling-in-australia-166427.html

    Posted May 2016.... Read More

  • Choosing a Wind Generator

    Increasing energy produced from wind and sun are part of ongoing power projects on SV Totem. Read about how they found their wind generator of... Read More

  • Computers Aboard

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

    http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/computers-aboard

    Posted February 2014.... Read More

  • Considerations for marine lightning protection – survey results

    This survey, undertaken by Marie Dufour of MY Domino

    [caption id="attachment_47732" align="alignright" width="200"] Panama © Marie Dufour[/caption]

    and published July 2013, gathered information about lightning strikes from... Read More

  • Cooking with a solar oven aboard

    SV Totem has one of these and has written a great article about the advantages of using one of these pieces of equipment on board.

    https://www.sailingtotem.com/2014/05/cooking-with-solar-oven-aboard.html?... Read More

  • Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific

    Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific... Read More

  • Cruising Equipment – What’s your most valuable list?

    Cruising Equipment - What's your most valuable list?

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/cruising-equipment-whats-your-most-valuable-list/... Read More

  • Dinghy Bottom Cleaning

    A simple trick, but one you perhaps haven't considered before.

    https://theboatgalley.com/dinghy-bottom-cleaning-made-simple/... Read More

  • Fischer Panda Generators Inc.

    Fischer Panda Generators Inc.

    https://fischerpanda.com/... Read More

  • Fishing: Go Saltwater Fishing

    A valuable source of saltwater fishing tips, tackle, and techniques for offshore sailors both on passage and at anchor.

    https://www.go-saltwater-fishing.com/... Read More

  • Flag Etiquette

    Apart from the ensign, flags commonly worn by a cruising yacht comprise a burgee and a house flag (Private Signal), and when entering a new... Read More

  • Foot Powered Laundry Machine – YiRego

    Drumi: All you need is water, detergent and foot power. 5-10 minutes per load. Approx. 100 Euros. Lightweight and compact.... Read More

  • Getting, Storing and Using Water While Cruising

    A helpful article by Cruising Compass on how to get, store and use water. It covers watermaker options, water catchment, tanks & pumps.

    http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/getting-storing-and-using-water-while-cruising/

    April 2017.... Read More

  • Gill

    Sailing clothing company.

    https://www.gillmarine.com/gb/... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • How to buy a used yacht

    Great guidelines by ybw.com

    https://www.ybw.com/boat-ownership/buy-used-yacht-8305... Read More

  • How to navigate with Google Earth

    Free article in Yachting World: Meteorologist Chris Tibbs explains how to navigating using Google Earth and shares his experience of using this software.

    https://www.yachtingworld.com/bluewater-sailing/navigation-briefing-navigate-google-earth-124096... Read More

  • Hydrovane

    Hydrovane

    https://hydrovane.com... Read More

  • iPad Navigation Across an Ocean

    If you’re looking for a comprehensive navigation solution, an iPad-based system might be right for you. Cruising World has an interesting article on this option.

    http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/ipad-navigation-across-an-ocean

    Posted... Read More

  • 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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8l75_Q3zQ4&feature=youtu.be... Read More

  • Liveaboard cruisers – most useful smartphone & tablet tools

    Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat. It’s no different from smartphone and tablet apps for voyaging. Here is... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    With the Earth’s north magnetic pole currently moving

    [caption id="attachment_48587" align="alignright" width="200"] Magnetic North is Shifting[/caption]

    at an unusually rapid 50 km (30 miles) a year, researchers... Read More

  • Mailspeed Marine

    One-stop shop for all boating needs.

    https://www.mailspeedmarine.com/... Read More

  • Marine Diesel Basics

    Adventurer and long-term liveaboard Dennison Berwick has put together this very useful basic guide on how best to maintain your diesel engine. With easy to... Read More

  • Marine Safety Electronics

    Great advice from Ocean Navigator on how to wade through all the options.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/November-December-2015/Marine-safety-electronics/

    November 2015.... Read More

  • Multihull Cruising Web Site

    Dedicated to multihull cruising this non-commercial site offers forums on every make of catamaran, a multihull links library, free classified adverts, product reviews and more.

    http://www.multihulls4us.com... Read More

  • Multihulls – ever more popular for cruising

    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... Read More

  • MyBoatsGear.Com

    Reviews of the best boat gear.

    http://myboatsgear.com/... Read More

  • Online source for links to sailing equipment vendors

    Online source for links to sailing equipment vendors

    http://www.boat-links.com/linklists/boatlink-04.html... Read More

  • Outfitting a boat to sail around the world

    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"... Read More

  • 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,... Read More

  • Preparing your boat for Ocean Cruising

    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... Read More

  • Rutgerson

    Deck Hardware.

    https://www.rutgerson.se/... Read More

  • Selling a Foreign Flagged Boat in the USA

    John Boyle gives a detailed report on how they went about selling their UK registered yacht in the USA.

    https://www.noonsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Selling-a-Foreign-Flagged-Boat-in-the-USA.pdf

    Posted November 2017.... Read More

  • Selling your Sailboat

    Whilst this article by Practical Sailor is aimed at how to prepare and present your cruising boat for sale, it's actually quite a good summary... Read More

  • Skippertips.com

    Not just navigation articles here, but also engine repair/maintenance, weather, boat handling etc. Some free resources, but very reasonable sign-up fee.

    http://www.skippertips.com... Read More

  • Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy

    [caption id="attachment_50120" align="alignright" width="200"] Solar Flare: © NOAA[/caption]

    Navigation experts are warning about the possibility of decreased GPS accuracy and possible outages over the next months... Read More

  • Spring Fitting Out Checklist for Your Boat

    Useful checklist of tasks to get your sailboat ready for the season by Cruising World magazine.

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/spring-fitting-out-checklist-for-your-boat/

    Published April 2018.... Read More

  • Spring Fitting-Out Checklist for your Boat

    A useful checklist of tasks to get your sailboat ready for the season by Cruising World magazine.

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/spring-fitting-out-checklist-for-your-boat... Read More

  • Steering without a Rudder

    This useful guide tests a number of methods and a variety of equipment that any well-prepared cruising yacht would have onboard for an offshore passage.

    https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2014/04/14/guide-steering-without-rudder-methods-equipment-tested/

    Published... Read More

  • The Book of Sail – Gadgets and Ideas for the Cruising Sailor

    New gadgets to make life easier for the cruising sailor appear regularly. Some are worthy but many are not. This website examines new gadgets, ideas,... Read More

  • Tools we Use

    SY Rejoice has photographed their toolkit and outlined uses for every tool in the toolbox. A very useful summary of what you will need onboard... Read More

  • Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat

    Yachting World article - December 2015.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/yachts-and-gear/top-ways-to-use-your-tablet-or-ipad-on-board-your-boat-69357

     ... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • What Worked, What Didn’t Nine Years Later

    A report for BWS by Patrick and Rebecca Childress, who sailed away from Newport, Rhode Island nine years ago on what was supposed to be... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • Windpilot Self-steering

    Windpilot Self-steering

    https://www.windpilot.com/... Read More

  • Wintering: Dangers of Storing With The Mast Stepped

    http://www.morganscloud.com/2014/11/01/the-dangers-of-storing-with-the-mast-stepped/... Read More

  • www.morganscloud.com

    Information for cruisers on a variety of topics including high-latitude sailing in Greenland and working with aluminum boats.

    http://www.morganscloud.com... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Floating Studio – Working On Board Efficiently

    Date Published - August 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner have been operating their traveling studio,off-the-grid, for nearly 5 years as they circumnavigate the Pacific. Here they share the lessons they... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Living Off Grid

    Date Published - April 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner purchased their sailboat "Pino" in 2016 with plans to rely on the grid as little as possible. During the following 4... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Arctic Vlog – Diesel Heaters Compared

    Date Published - March 27, 2020

    Finnish sailor Juho Karhu has lived aboard his boat s/y Sylvia above the Arctic Circle for a couple of years and has sailed through two... Read More

  • France – Old Engines will be Refused Service

    Date Published - January 19, 2019

    The law in France is such that any mechanic working on a marine engine will be held responsible for any incident that may subsequently arise... Read More

  • Compliments to CMP for replacement of bent Rocna anchor

    Date Published - July 31, 2017

    I would like to share a good experience with CMP, manufacturer of Rocna anchors. In 2009 we purchased a Rocna 33 kg for our Allures... Read More

  • South Africa, Port Owen: Highly Recommended for Extended Stay

    Date Published - April 24, 2016

    A very affordable, safe place to leave a boat and an economical place to have work carried out.
    ... Read More

  • Ordering spares whilst cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

    Date Published - January 19, 2015

    We are currently outside the USA boating around the eastern Med (Turkey currently).

    In the winter, we order and receive our spares parts.

    Some go to a... Read More

  • GPS: Tips on Replacing memory battery in Raymarine Raystar 120

    Date Published - October 23, 2014

    We were having trouble with our Raystar 120 GPS getting sats and holding them. I found that the memory lithium button battery was flat -... Read More

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

    Date Published - March 26, 2014

    I’ve just had a GOOD experience with eZone and I thought I’d write to tell you about it.

    My wife and I have been in the... Read More

  • Electrics: Tips from an unplanned re-wiring

    Date Published - November 20, 2013

    SV Totem have a useful blog post

    [caption id="attachment_49711" align="alignright" width="200"] © SV Totem[/caption]

    with tips and tricks to help make it easier and safer to manage... Read More

  • Caribbean Boatyard Safety: Good Grounding Saves Lives

    Date Published - November 13, 2013

    If you have a boat with a European type 220 volt AC system, this report by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net could just help... Read More

  • Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific

    Date Published - October 13, 2013

    Tips and advice have taken from the Yahoo group "Pacific Puddle Jump"... Read More

  • Buying the ideal boat for you

    Date Published - October 09, 2013

    Whether you are buying new, second-hand, for blue water cruising or northern latitudes, the following reports offer some great advice and tips.... Read More

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

    Date Published - September 01, 2013

    Starting with a now patent-protected concept, a clean slate, and a healthy dose of patience during over three years of trials, North Cloth has combined... Read More

  • Considerations for marine lightning protection – survey results

    Date Published - July 11, 2013

    This survey, undertaken by Marie Dufour of MY Domino and published July 2013, gathered information about lightning strikes from a number of cruisers on the... Read More

  • How to Extend Zinc-Anode Life

    Date Published - January 25, 2013

    Our thanks to Finike Yachting Agency for forwarding this report to noonsite.... Read More

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

    Date Published - July 30, 2012

    Just a short note to recommend Matt Moreno at M Power Mfg, a high output alternator manufacturer in Texas. First of all, we used our... Read More

  • Great Customer Service Bosch, Istanbul

    Date Published - February 18, 2012

    In April last year, we bought 3 Bosch batteries from Anfora Yacht Equipment in Marmaris, being assured that they were deep cycle. We thought that... Read More

  • Re-Filling LPG Cylinders Worldwide

    Date Published - April 20, 2011

    In Europe, US, Canada and Australia (and in many other countries around the world) it is illegal to re-fill cylinders which are over 10 years... Read More

  • Reply to Poor Service from Quantum Sails

    Date Published - January 10, 2011

    Posted 2008-10-15

    Some time back I purchased a Main Sail from Quantum Sails, Cape Town. Unfortunately, its life expectancy was very poor for the material used... Read More

  • Iridium Airtime – How it Works

    Date Published - April 23, 2010

    On 03/19/2009 I purchased a SIM card Iridium for 500 minutes/1 year at the Satphonestore.com of Miami and on 06/16/2009 I activated the card.

    After the... Read More

  • Are Propane and Butane interchangeable with most boat systems?

    Date Published - January 19, 2010

    Question posted 2009-01-17

    Hello,

    We are a US boat sailing in the South Pacific and have a propane-based cooking system. I need to know if we can... Read More

  • Aquapro Inflatable Boats – Warrantee Claims

    Date Published - September 19, 2009

    Subject: AquaPro inflatable tenders

    Posted 2009-08-08

    Message:

    Kevin Comer posted a message in 2007 (see below) concerning the poor quality build of AquaPro tenders and the refusal of... Read More

  • European Regulations Regarding Insurance Cover and AIS Equipment

    Date Published - September 13, 2009

    The 11th March 2009 package approved by the European Parliament for maritime safety may have two ramifications for leisure sailors who visit European ports. The... Read More

  • Propane verses Diesel cookers

    Date Published - July 06, 2009

    We recently purchased a sturdy 1972 Whitby 42 and found on board a pretty ancient diesel cooker. Horror of horrors! Instant thought, "That's got to... Read More

  • Which Self Steering System?

    Date Published - September 06, 2008

    I am preparing my boat to go from Britanny (France) to French Polynesia. I want to buy self-steering because I have no Genset and I... Read More

  • Report: Dismasted Mid-Atlantic

    Date Published - June 09, 2008

    A PDF of the report Dismasted Mid Atlantic, can be accessed via the World Cruising Club website.... Read More

  • Managing Emergencies – Rudder Failure

    Date Published - June 09, 2008

    A PDF of the WCC Article on Rudder Failure can be accessed via the World Cruising Club website. Written by Chris Tibbs.... Read More

  • Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part V: Equipment

    Date Published - August 18, 2002

    NOTES ON HORNBLOWER's EQUIPMENT

    by Michael Frankel

    If there is less to go wrong, less will.

    Like any sport or recreational activity, sailing has its share of specialized... Read More

News

  • Multihull Owners: Recall issued for Goiot escape hatches

    Date Published - March 05, 2020

    If you are sailing a Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Catana-Bali, or Nautitech multihull contact your dealer or manufacturer immediately to find out if this escape hatch... Read More

  • FCC Petition RM-11831 Threatens Amateur Radio Services

    Date Published - April 24, 2019

    The FCC has opened for comment RM-11831, a proposal which will affect Pactor, Winlink, and D-Star. Comments Close April 27, 2019.... Read More

  • Upcoming GPS Week Number Rollover: Problems for Older GPS Units

    Date Published - March 09, 2019

    On April 6th, 2019, GPS units manufactured ten or more years ago which have not had their firmware updated may well become unreliable.... Read More

  • UK: Working Group Formed to Review Entanglements with Fishing Gear

    Date Published - January 29, 2019

    Getting caught on buoys marking nets or pots, has been a perennial problem for yachtsmen. As a result a consortium of UK Maritime agencies have... Read More

  • UK: Finding a solution for the disposal of old and abandoned boats

    Date Published - January 28, 2019

    End of lifeboats abandoned on swinging moorings and in waterways are a growing problem in the UK.... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    Date Published - January 12, 2019

    The Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting so rapidly that steps are being taken to ensure it doesn't impact navigation in the Arctic.... Read More

  • Recycling Plastic Bottles into Docklines

    Date Published - November 21, 2018

    Marlow ropes, using their technical and engineering expertise have created an environmentally conscious innovation; a rope that is made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles.
    ... Read More

  • Navionics data breach exposes hundreds of thousands of boaters

    Date Published - October 10, 2018

    Hundreds of thousands of boaters who use Navionics electronic navigational charts had personal data – including names and email addressed – exposed to any would-be... Read More

  • UK: Oyster Yachts Sold

    Date Published - March 22, 2018

    Richard Hadida, a British entrepreneur and founder of global software business Evolution Gaming Group and a lifelong sailor, has been confirmed as the new owner... Read More

  • MAYDAY! On passage from Mo’orea to Huahine catamaran “Tanda Malaika” violently hits an unmarked reef

    Date Published - July 25, 2017

    When they asked us what happened and we told them that our chart did not show a reef, they asked us if we had been... Read More

  • USA: EPA enforcing compliance on yachts imported into the USA

    Date Published - June 22, 2017

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping up enforcement on all yachts imported into the United States. Foreign-built yachts imported for ownership by a US... Read More

  • End of Life (EOL) for Inmarsat Fleet 33/55/77

    Date Published - May 25, 2017

    Inmarsat has announced EOL (end of life) for the older Fleet 33 (and 55/77) terminals. Data will stop functioning on 31st December 2017.... Read More

  • Europe’s version of GPS reaches operational milestone

    Date Published - December 16, 2016

    On December 15, the European Space Agency (ESA) officially announced that the Galileo satellite navigation system, the European version of the U.S.'s GPS, is now... Read More

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

    Date Published - July 05, 2016

    Designed and published in England for nearly 200 years, Imray charts feature popular, carefully edited and award-winning cartography. Having worked with Johnson Outdoors Canada Inc.... Read More

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

    Date Published - February 25, 2016

    Realising there were countless cruisers who were not utilising the DSC capabilities of modern marine radios, Alan Riches of Brunei Radio and Terry Sparkes of... Read More

  • LED Bulbs not be used in navigation lights

    Date Published - September 10, 2015

    Colored light fittings designed to use filament bulbs are not suitable for LEDs, claim the Cruising Association’s Regulation and Technical Services team (RATS), and therefore... Read More

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

    Date Published - August 14, 2015

    Oyster Marine issues an official statement on the loss of a 90ft Oyster which sank with five crew on board off the Spanish coast in... Read More

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

    Date Published - December 03, 2014

    The wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Vestas Wind on a remote Mauritian reef is a reminder of the chief danger of modern... Read More

  • West Marine Recalls Folding Bikes

    Date Published - March 14, 2014

    West Marine recently issued a recall on two models of folding bicycles sold in their stores; the Jetty Express 2 and the Port Runner 2,... Read More

  • NOAA Releases Interactive Chart Catalogue

    Date Published - February 17, 2014

    As reported by Cruising Compass.... Read More

  • NOAA announces end of traditional paper nautical charts

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    NOAA-certified Print-on-Demand partners will continue to sell up-to-date paper nautical charts... Read More

  • AIS concern – serious vulnerability to hacking

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    That AIS system you have such faith in may not be so secure after all. Hundreds of thousands of vessels, including many sailing boats worldwide,... Read More

  • USA: NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    Is this the new way to go? Are paper charts becoming obsolete? Will the publishers of charts from other countries take the same route.... Read More

  • Yamaha Outboard Safety Recall

    Date Published - August 08, 2013

    Safety alert from Yamaha Motor Corp. which applies to certain newer outboard motors 4hp to 70 hp manufactured after April 2011.... Read More

  • Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy

    Date Published - June 19, 2013

    A dramatic example of the effects of space weather occurred in March 1989 when a solar storm knocked out power in Quebec, leaving 6 million... Read More

  • The Crash Test Boat

    Date Published - January 10, 2013

    How Yachting Monthly magazine took a 40ft boat through 8 disaster scenarios.... Read More

  • Crewsaver 290N Lifejackets recalled

    Date Published - November 29, 2012

    Survitec has issued a recall for its Crewsaver Crewfit 290N Advanced Lifejackets manufactured from 1st June 2011 to 31st October 2012.

    The company says these lifejackets... Read More

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