RAILBLAZA Pix Running LightBy: John Kerr

One of the biggest complaints we hear from our readers is ‘why we don’t run more new products’. They often say; “if we don’t know we can’t buy” and there is truth in that. There are lots of new niche products launched every year, but few are advertised and promoted widely and many sadly are never found. We have begun a quest to look for the ‘neat stuff’; the products that are actually here in Canada and in stock at your local chandlery.

One product I love is RAILBLAZA, it’s a wonderfully designed mounting system with numerous accessories and tons of flexibility. Made and designed in New Zealand, this is a quality product from packaging to presentation. Installation was very easy, it literally took minutes using just a simple screw, nut, and screwdriver at the four points of the rectangular base. More common in the kayak and fish space, RAILBLAZA has a ton of applications on bigger boats too!

RAILBLAZA is built around its StarPort mount HD – a rectangular, four-point installation base. This comes with everything you need, including high quality stainless fasteners. All their products are made from high quality, UV stabilized, engineered polymers, stainless steel and anodised aluminium. The design engineering is brilliant, where extra strength is required, the polymers used are fiberglass reinforced.

What I love about the StarPort mount is that it can be surface mounted and remain in 2 variations for a lower profile. Its rail version is well done; it allows so much flexibility and versatility in mounting anything on your rails like phones, and tablets. From top to bottom, the base measures less than 1” at it’s tallest point. For comparison, other deck mounts sit 2” off the deck.

On my old boat I am always trying not to drill holes and RAILBLAZA allows me to have the equipment mounts anywhere I need them while providing a strong and robust attachment I can count on. The camera mount is perfect! Very lightweight, yet durable and adjustable to many directions. My pictures all look like a professional took them. GoPro easily mounts to this accessory! What I really like with RAILBLAZA is the slide locking mechanism fits to all of the bases and the versatility of effortlessly re-tasking the numerous accessories from one base to another. On our boat, we are consistently moving drinks, cellphones, tablets and cleats all over the boat depending on the day and crew.

I also like the RAILBLAZA’s running lights (optional) and its ability to be on board as a second system or effortless mount on the dinghy when night running is required.

All in this a great product and I bet you don’t just buy one! My solution; start with two! Take the time to visit: www.railblaza.com

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Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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AXOPAR 37 XC

 

Axopar 37 XCWhole new ball game…

 

Set aside your assumptions and expectations for a few minutes while we try to describe the new Axopar 37 XC that made its American debut at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show. This boat represents a whole new ball game in terms of design, performance, seakeeping and functionality. In fact, I’d say it takes a ‘clean sheet of paper’ approach to boating – it’s that different.

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I thought to myself that I should probably sort through the bucket and get rid of the stuff that isn’t useful. I quickly realized, though, that each of the items in my bucket (except that had gone bad) were useful, and each is used for a particular job.

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