• Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. Michael is the copy editor of NauticExpo e-magazine.

    French start-up INOBO is aiming to push kitesurfing into a new dimension, both technical and commercial. The very name of the company embodies this spirit. Ino was a figure from Greek mythology involved in watery adventures. The three letters of her name also evoke innovation, while “bo” stands for board. Each unit is...

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    In northeastern France, Boathome is rethinking the houseboat. The company started with the notion that living on the water should open new horizons rather than constituting obstacles to be overcome. The vessel’s catamaran hull supports a platform measuring from 10 to 20 meters long and five to 10 meters wide, with...

    Italy’s Grand Soleil captured the 2017 i-Novo Design award for its GS 52LC sloop. Produced in collaboration with Nauta Design and naval architect Marco Lostuzzi, the bluewater cruiser features three double cabins, each with head. There is also a tender garage and a sail locker/crew cabin. Layout options include...

    Cross an autonomous sailing drone with high-tech sensors and what do you get? The latest in cost-effective, remote ocean data collection. Britain’s Delta-T Devices recently announced that its SPN1 Sunshine Pyranometer is being used aboard two autonomous sailing craft created by the California’s Saildrones. Resembling...

    The 2017 i-Novo Eco prize went to the Solarwave Silent-75, a catamaran cruising yacht with hybrid propulsion. The Swiss manufacturer claims unlimited range for its globe-straddling cruiser, thanks to paired electric motors producing 135 kW of power each, with a 400 kW option. The roof over the main cabin, flybridge...

    Austria’s Kormaran took home the 2017 i-Novo Tech trophy for its K7 transformable three-seater runabout. While standard operation is in catamaran mode, the sleek monocoque vessel also features monohull and trimaran configurations. To shift from one to another, a hydraulic system adjusts the position of the teak-decked...

    The Scanstrut ROKK Charge+ waterproof USB socket was nominated for a DAME Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging award at the 2017 METS marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam. The UK manufacturer says it’s a world first, and the only charge outlet that is both waterproof and capable of rapid charging—up to three times...

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    TeamO’s Autolock Tether received a nomination for a DAME award in the Lifesaving and Safety Equipment category at this year’s Amsterdam METS marine equipment trade show. The British manufacturer calls it “a breakthrough innovation in tether design” because it adjusts automatically to the sailor’s position onboard, yet...

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    Opac’s retractable louvered hardtop was nominated for a DAME award in the Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging category at this year’s Amsterdam METS marine equipment trade show. The Turin-based manufacturer claims this is the first-ever automatic top of its type. The locking system allows it to remain open safely in any...

    This year’s METS trade show included the 27th Design Award METSTRADE (DAME) competition. There were 122 entries from 22 countries in a variety of categories—marine electronics and software, and lifesaving and safety equipment, among others. The jury chose both category and overall winners, in addition to citing...