• 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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    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,”...

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    Rolls-Royce’s latest Azipull Carbon C65 steerable thruster has been designed as a low drag, high-efficiency propulsion system for yachts with key characteristics of course stability and low noise and vibration levels. To achieve a lighter weight product for vessels where weight distribution and displacement are...

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    This year’s Southampton Boat Show saw Key Yachting showcase two new models to the market, the Grand Soleil LC46 (Long Cruise) and the J/Boats J/112E, both nominated for the European yacht of the year award. The Long cruise range is a new development from Grand Soleil and has been designed for those wishing to discover...

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    The Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) aims to be an innovative solution that will drive down fuel costs for vessel owners. “The VLJ was developed with the vision to combine the best elements from the two existing technologies namely conventional screw propellers and water jets,” says David Bendl, ship and propulsion...

    There are many commercial options for shipowners to make their fleet more environmentally friendly and to meet new regulations.  One option on the market is for shipowners to slow down: Opting for slow steaming can cut both fuel costs and emissions. Over recent years the shipping industry has been hit by environmental...