• Øyvind Bordal

    Øyvind Bordal is a Norwegian writer and sailor, based in Denmark and Caribbean.

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    Mathieu Bonnier has—among other wild adventures—rowed single-handedly across the Atlantic and the Northwest Passage. This gave him plenty of time and opportunity to ponder how a lightly driven yet stable rowboat should look. Recently he teamed up with one of the leading designers of fast-performance sailboats, Sam...

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    Fast & foiling, sustainable & recyclable—and a wider array of sizes and designs. Here are our impressions after touring the biggest boat show on the planet.   This January, almost 2,000 exhibitors from 68 countries occupied 220,000 square meters of exhibition area in Düsseldorf, Germany. These numbers are huge in the...

    This could constitute the beginning of a new generation of motorboats, initiated by Rand Boats: Lightly driven with lightweight hulls, in this case inspired by sailboats, made for a quiet and relaxed presence on the water, they also have extremely low fuel consumption. Loxo 32 is produced by Pogo, one of world’s...

    German-built Bente 24 is part of a wave of planning, trailerable performance boats that also includes Seascape, Saphire, Focus, Django and Reacher. These boats focus on the fun factor of sailing, and not necessarily in a racing environment. They are fast, but also fairly simple and cruising-oriented. Small, new...

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    Imagine a fleet of solar-powered rental boats available to all in major cities throughout the world. It’s already happening in six cities, and 150 others are interested. We spoke to Carl Kai Rand, founder of Denmark’s GoBoat.     “You might say that the idea came out of frustration,” said Carl Kai Rand. “I love being...

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    Abandoned boats are piling up, and the industry has no efficient system for dealing with them. The good news is that fiberglass can be recycled, but the big issue is volume.   Two years ago, the industry organized a conference on reuse and recycling at METS. At this year’s show, the subject is drawing renewed...

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    With more and more boats permanently moored in marinas, space for visiting vessels can be hard to find. The Smart Marina concept facilitates access to marina services and booking available berths through wireless networks and the Internet of Things.   The average boat in a marina leaves the dock only three days per...

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    The seven VO65’s racing 45,000 nautical miles around the globe will be crunching massive amounts of data. That means Big Data is onboard.  This concept refers to huge amounts of information being stored, sorted and analyzed by computers. In a race where all the boats are identical, the tiniest detail can mean the...

    Gender equality is a goal in every sport, and offshore sailing is no exception. New rules in the Volvo Ocean Race are designed to promote female participation. Teams can opt for different gender configurations. The new rules reduce the size of an all-male crew from eight to seven. But if the team includes one or two...

    This article was published in January 2017 in NautixExpo e-magazine #6. You’ve probably seen them: loops of Dyneema rope, so called “soft shackles,” or blocks in which certain elements are textile rather than metal. Even textile deck fittings are entering the market and becoming increasingly popular.   This quiet...