- Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 20:00
Scotty has a winner with their new trap puller. Fitting into a standard Scotty gunwale mount, this puller will haul up about 100 lbs, enough for up to three prawn traps and perhaps two crab traps. The 12-volt high-torque motor draws only about 15 amps. With a horizontal windlass and an extension arm and directional pulley, it is easy to mount and use. It can also be dismounted when it’s time to switch to a down-rigging fishing system. Finally, fishing and trap gear on one mount. About $500.
- Published on Monday, 28 January 2013 14:46
When it comes to making environmentally friendly choices, the tradeoff is not always paying more for something that doesn't work as well. Boat owners seeking a "greener" sacrificial anode have an option that works better than the old, familiar zinc versions while costing less: aluminum anodes.
Aluminum is a far better environmental anode choice than zinc. Though zinc is a heavy metal—not particularly desirable to have in excess quantities in water—the bigger concern is with the percentage of cadmium that zinc anodes must contain in order to work as anodes.
Cadmium is a nasty heavy metal, with its use and disposal becoming increasingly restricted and regulated. In anodes, it's of considerable concern to scientists studying estuarial pollution and its inevitable presence in aquatic life, especially once in the human food chain.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 20:09
Some tender lift solutions are expensive, some are poorly designed, unattractive or heavy. FreedomLift has technology which allows tenders to be affixed to boats and carried with minimal hassle and effort.
FreedomLift's Removable Lift Arms enable the tender to be elevated much higher above the water, providing it with safety and protection from rough sea conditions and ensuring that the tender remains in good condition.
- Published on Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:47
With Webasto's new Series 40 Marine Sunroofs, boat owners can bring more of the outdoors inside. This new roof platform offers a sleek, low-profile and is designed to fit in smaller boat roofs.
The Webasto Series 40 features a reliable, intelligent E-Drive system that self calibrates. This sliding sunroof operates on 12V DC. With an attractive design and safety glass, it offers a 74" x 54" opening. Similar to other Webasto Sunroofs, the Series 40 is extremely quiet and has a watertight seal. Options include a sunblind/fly screen, fixed panel for panoramic views
- Published on Friday, 24 August 2012 17:13
Setting a spinnaker just got easier thanks to the introduction of a totally new approach – a top-down roller furling mechanism from Pro-Furl. This impressive product helps tame one of the most frustrating, and sometimes dangerous jobs in sailing, setting and retrieving a spinnaker. Traditionally this has meant some monkey-like fore deck work and some awkward retrieving sail hardware from a little-used storage bag, then reversing the process and trying to stuff a large and sometimes wet sail into a bag that seems too small, and doing all this with poor footing on a heaving deck with no hand-holds for steadying.