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We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

Andersen winch: Laser focus on a simple, reliable, high-quality design


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As part of the Ronstan brand, Andersen are 100% focused on providing simple, reliable high quality sailing winches. Anderson made the decision early on to focus on one standard range and do it well. This blog will look at the Andersen range and outline some of the features and benefits of their easily recognisable design.

Adding a Bowsprit can Provide your sailboat a Downwind Turbo-charge

Facnor Bowsprit

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Facnor is a specialist in designing and manufacturing furling systems, and therefore it should come as no surprise that they have a retrofit bowsprit solution.

Guest Blog - Turbo-Charge your Ride with a Staysail

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One of the great spectacles of the recent Volvo Ocean Race was seeing the VO65s charging along with a trio of headsails flying in neat formation in front of the mainsail. In the fourth blog post of this series, Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu describes the growing appeal of the staysail in both the racing and cruising scenes.

What’s so special about the Ronstan Orbit Range?

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Well known around the world, Ronstan is a great choice for blocks and sheaves for a variety of sailors. They have developed a number of ranges from the basic Utility range to the advanced precision Orbit range.

An introduction to the all-new!

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This year is’s 5th anniversary, and to celebrate we are pleased to announced the launch of an all-new website platform, which we have been working on for the last 6 months. This site and the underlying technology is a major transition/transformation and so we felt it was an appropriate moment to re-introduce ourselves and explain what we are trying to achieve.

Gottifredi Maffioli Cruising Lines Explained

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Family run, Italian rope makers, Gottifredi Maffioli, have an international reputation as one of the leading brands across the full spectrum of yachting lines from Olympic class dinghies, grand-prix TP52s and mini-maxis to the largest superyachts.

Karver’s Double Whammy at the DAME Awards


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The Dame Awards are the leisure marine industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, awarded every year at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), held in Amsterdam each November. They are awarded to recognise products that demonstrate excellence in design and innovation.

Armare Ropes: Local Ropemaker to America's Cup Supplier

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Despite being a small, family-run business, Armare Ropes are operating at the top of their game.

Boasting five generations of knowledge, the traditional ropemaker has earned its place as a leading specialist, and is now proud to be the official Emirates Team New Zealand rope supplier.

Robline Rope: Cruising Ranges Explained

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The success of Robline as an international rope brand is based on decades of expertise in manufacturing fibre ropes, the experience of professional sailors in the company, and the intensive collaboration with Olympic gold medalists and regatta-winning sailors.

nke Depth and Speed sensors explained


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The marine industry has been awash with new and exciting technological innovations in recent years and, standing at the forefront are companies like nke marine electronics. nke are the standard for the majority of mini-transat and IMOCA 60 classes. They provide electronics for many different functions and for many different types of sailor. You can find out more about the full range of nke products available on our website here.