Isotherm Smart EnergyWith Isotherm Smart Energy Control, Indel Webasto Marine offers the opportunity to dramatically reduce on board power consumption for refrigeration appliances.

This kit can be easily retrofitted to upgrade the energy saving capabilities of your existing Isotherm refrigeration product. The new CRUISE Elegance line provides a pre-formed location in the cabinet.

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There is no end of LED lights available now, entire fixtures as well as replacement bulbs.   But Dr. LED’s new 360-degree festoon bulb replacement caught our attention recently because it is an excellent replacement for the bulbs found in established Perko navigation light fixtures. There are thousands of such navigation light systems installed and the Dr. LED festoon is designed to replace the Perko Fig 71 bulb.

Smart PlugOverheating due to poor electrical conductivity is the #1 cause of shore power failure.  Older plug designs are notorious for burning out as a result of loose connections and corrosion.  SmartPlug's 30 amp connector and inlet have many features that greatly increase conductivity and reduce the possibility of overheating.

 The 30 amp inlet contains a trip thermostat, which cuts power in the unlikely event of overheating.  It's set to trip at 200ºF, just before wire insulation begins to soften, and restores the power once it has cooled back down to a safe temperature of around 120ºF.        

The SmartPlug's sleeve design means that the body of the connector bears that tension, rather than the electrical pins.

With increased electrical loads on larger boats these days, more marinas are being asked for 100A service when all they available on their dock is 50A service at a maximum. The new Hubbell Y Adapter will allow a safe marriage of two 50A outlets to one 100A cord to satisfy that demand from larger boats. The new YQ100Plus adapter is intelligent, in that it senses polarity and avoids any mis-wiring, using indicator lights to warn the operator if connections are correct or not. If needed, this adapter can also be used with only one 50A outlet band to balance the vessel needs with whatever power on the dock is available.

Extending the cruising system is the aim of the newly introduced Climma reverse-cycle heating and cooling systems for boats from 20 to about 55 feet in length. The Climma Compact systems are well-engineered from Europe and use the best of heat-pump technology that provide both heat in the shoulder seasons and welcome cooling in the sultry summer months – both from one compact system. All the components are included with the necessary plumbing and controls. AC power is needed for the compressor but the fans and pumps can be wired to use onboard 12v power.

Small vessel security does not have to rely on awkward cables and locks, and easily lost keys. Instead GOST (Global Ocean Security Technology) has a very effective immobilizer technology that had a successful introduction after its launch at year ago. Winner of an Innovation Award at the Miami Boat Show, the new GOST immobilizer provides security by de-activating the battery so the start sequence is blocked if the user is unauthorized.

SmartPlug is extending its line of shore cord products with the recent introduction of 50-amp products. Complementing the successful 30A product line, the 50A series is designed for larger boats that had no alternative to the existing shore-cord and adapter system, one that has proved unreliable over time. SmartPlug has addressed the deficiencies of existing power cord systems with a positive connection design that leaves no room for arcing and hence increases reliability and electrical safety.

We were delighted to learn that one of the best-respected manufacturers of electrical components was fully recognized with an Innovation Award at the boat builders’ conference, IBEX last fall. The Charles IMC charger (IMC = Intelligent Marine Charger) took top honours in the electrical components category and for good reason. The new IMC line has all the important features that are needed in today’s complex marine electrics systems. It will charge up to four different battery banks in either 12 or 24-volt configurations.

How often have you seen another boat with no stern light driving at night? These pole-mounted lights catch on lines, get bent by canvas and snap off when used as an emergency hand-hold! Also, when Transport Canada-required 360° lights aren't needed during the day, they're often stowed to save space and eliminate visual obstruction. Rather than removing them, where they can be lost or damaged, Perko's Fold Down White All-Round Lights simply fold out of the way.

altPerfect for tenders, dinghies, motorboats and sailboats up to six tons, Torqeedo's next generation of tiller control electric outboards offers all-around improvements. The new Cruise 2.0T and 4.0T are stronger, faster, more robust and more efficient than earlier models. A new, innovative display on the tiller shows information regarding battery charge status, remaining range, speed over ground and input power.

Destinations

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An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Lifestyle

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Boat Reviews

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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DIY & How to

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