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Buying a VHF Unit

Nick Cohen takes a look at buying a VHF, aerials and provides a comprehensive list of VHF units available in New Zealand and Australia. There are a couple of basic

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AIS Collision Avoidance Technology

An AIS transponder helps you to see and be seen in all weather conditions, automatically identifying vessels in your area. But what is AIS and why should you consider installing

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Lighting Down Under

Barry Thompson looks at underwater lights and what’s available for today’s trailer boat, flybridge cruiser or superyacht owner. Since Underwater Lights introduced one of the first recognised underwater lights for

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LED lighting Tips

Everyone knows the benefits of LED lighting compared to traditional incandescent bulb based lighting. It is well published that LED Luminaires are some 90% more efficient and offer up to

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Trim Tabs

Gone are the days of playing around with your trim buttons to get the boat’s attitude right. You can now leave it all to highly advanced electronic systems that do

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Charging With Solar Panels

Using Solar is green. It is renewable, available anywhere, durable, eco-friendly, cost effective, easy to install, utilises lower voltage and saves energy. It is becoming more and more popular on

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Lock it or Lose It

EVERY YEAR, MORE BOATS, BOAT TRAILERS, PERSONAL BOATING ITEMS, ELECTRONIC AND BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT ARE STOLEN. FREDDY FOOTE INVESTIGATES THE LOW DOWN ON VESSEL SECURITY AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO

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Understanding Your Battery

Batteries for marine use, whether engine start or house batteries (Deep Cycle), can mean the difference between blissful boating or an exercise in crisis management. Evan Honore introduces the technology

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Refit of Colonsay

WHEN THE OWNER first purchased Colonsay, he knew that he would sometime have to replace the old electronics. For a start, some of it wasn’t even working. The Autohelm autopilot

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Truth about Boat Sounders

How deep do you need to see the bottom? You can buy boat sounders today that can probe the depths to thousands of metres, but realistically, how deep do you really need

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Testing the Seakeeper Gyro

For no other reason than that a gyro was in the process of being fitted to a 16.8m Maritimo cruiser during a recent visit to the Maritimo manufacturing facility in the Gold Coast Marine

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Lithium-Ion Batteries Explained

Seachange is a privately owned, 15m aluminium catamaran used for recreational purposes cruising the coastal waters of Northern Australia. Originally constructed as a live-aboard for a cruising couple, Seachange recently changed ownership and was relocated to

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Let There Be Light: The Evolution of the LED

A solid-state source, LED is often more compact, energy efficient and more durable than any lighting technology that has gone before. Already proven by leading marine lighting manufacturers as an effective technology for navigation lamps, courtesy

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Keeping in Touch

Twenty five years ago few people had heard the term ‘Internet’. When it became commercially available years later most people were trying to figure out why they would ever need it. Now most people worry how

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