• Samantha Fisk

    Samantha Fisk worked at RINA (The Royal Institution of Naval Architects) for 7 years and has now gone into freelance, working for European magazines.

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    Hull cleaning and inspection are everyday elements of maintaining a vessel. With remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), shipowners can carry out these tasks efficiently and without excessive costs. Rotterdam port’s EXCEL initiative, for startup businesses, has seen further developments in unmanned technology. One such...

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    As part of the Robert Allan ‘Rave’ development, the Canadian-based naval architects have introduced it latest offering to the market the Carousel- RAVE The Carousel-RAVE is a development from the Robert Allan RAVE design that utilises both a different form of towing system and a new propulsion drive arrangement. The...

    The Port of Vancouver is paying closer attention to the wildlife in its local waters. Its EcoAction program potentially saves ship owners up to 47% on charges if vessels meet certain classification criteria. Orla Robinson, program manager for Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program, says that one of...

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    Monitoring a boat has been significantly expanding with owners now able to monitor vessels from their phone or iPad thanks to apps. Choosing a technical solution is not always easy, but the development of ‘smart boating solutions’ is making that process and the task of monitoring boats a little less complicated. One...

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    FLIR’s Ocean Scout thermal camera could ease the challenge  of spotting things when out at sea either at night or day. This camera relies on thermal imaging as it picks up the heat that objects emit. Pocket sized, it displays data on a high-resolution LCD display. An InstAlert mode can be used in case of “man...

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    Swiss-based electronic instrument manufacturer JDC has launched recently its latest weather station, the Skywatch BL500. This pocket-sized device (26*116 mm) is able to measure wind speed, temperature, humidity, pressure and UV Index. All these data are then both displayed and recorded automatically on a smartphone,...

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    Dokensip allows boat owners to monitor their boats through a mobile app. The company launched its system in 2015 aimed at boat owners who do not have time to visit their boat regularly. The app allows monitoring of the bilge, batteries, shore power, temperature, intrusions and switch relay. Jon Brizuela, a sales...

    A new area in the market is starting to appear for sailing yachts, and Oyster Yachts‘ latest designs aim to broach it. Both the yachting and shipping markets have seen vessels getting larger over the last decade or so, and owners are looking to trade up in size of vessels. Currently, the yacht market is divided in two...

    Speed is of the essence for any competitive sailor, but keeping ahead of the pack in racing also means keeping up with the latest design developments, whether they affect the aesthetics of the boat for the better. This is also true for the Mini Transat 6.50 race, also known as Transat 650, a solo transatlantic yacht...

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    Lampuga has recently launched its latest in the electric surfboard market with its own inflatable jet drive surfboard designed to fold down and ride fast. The modular design lets the surfer “swap the jet drive between four different hull styles, from the standard 6.5ft (2m) surfboard to a short, lie-atop body board,”...