Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • It's just like Christmas with Seabung

    P1050798 Opening our first box of Seabungs reminded me of Christmas's past. The great anticipation as the parcel's opened and the joy of getting the perfect present. Seabung, we think, will be on everyone's wish list this season and as for Christmas in an awful lot of sailors stockings. We anticipate great demand from powerboaters, coastal cruisers, round the can racers and those guys seeking 'blue water adventure'. The first shipment is almost sold out with Seabungs now winging their way across to the States, Eire, Norway and France as well as Scotland, Wales and of course England, please note there is no need to panic as another consignment is on its way!

  • Garmin Marine


     About Garmin

    Our Mission

    To be an enduring company by creating superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor, and sports that are an essential part of our customers’ lives.

    Our Vision

    We will be the global leader in every market we serve, and our products will be sought after for their compelling design, superior quality, and best value.

    Our Values

    The foundation of our culture is honesty, integrity, and respect for associates, customers, and business partners. Each associate is fully committed to serving customers and fellow associates through outstanding performance and accomplishing what we say we will do.

    Built to last.

    Three simple words that describe our products, our company, our culture…our future. As a leading, worldwide provider of navigation, we are committed to making superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and sports that are an essential part of our customers’ lives.

    Our “vertical integration” business model keeps all design, manufacturing, marketing and warehouse processes in-house, giving us more control over timelines, quality and service. Our user-friendly products are not only sought after for their compelling design, superior quality and best value, but they also have innovative features that enhance the lives of our customers.

    AIS Systems



    Cameras - CCTV

    Communications - Fixed VHF


    GPS - Handheld

    GPS - Plotter / Fishfinders Combo

    GPS - Plotters & Chartplotters

    Instrumentation - Garmin

    Instrumentation - Nexus

    Multi-Function Displays



  • 4. Top Tips Tuesday - Leading Lines Aft With Barton

    If you are a bit like me, finding it a little harder to clamber over your boat and haven’t already done so, why not consider leading your lines aft? Those nice guys at Barton Marine who produce excellent kit have allowed me to reproduce their article.

    To view the article in a new window please click here

  • Going North This Year? - Cruising Scotland and N.Ireland


    Going North This Year? - Cruising Scotland and N.Ireland

    If Scotland is your destination this year, why not pop in and collect the latest edition of WELCOME ANCHORAGES 2014, your FREE complete facilities guide for mooring and berthing. Locations include Scotland’s West Coast, North East Coast, Northern Isles & Ireland’s Northern Coast. Don’t forget we also stock the complete range of Imray, Clyde and Irish Cruising Club pilots as well as the excellent RNYC sailing directions that covers the area Humber to Rattray Head. For charts, the Admiralty leisure chart folios have proved very popular as an economical way of covering a relatively large area and are recognised by the MCA as meeting UK national chart carriage requirements for either fishing or MCA coded vessels under 24m. Imray Charts are however printed on water resistant paper and are approved by the MCA for use on small vessels.

  • 3. Top Tips Tuesday's - Be A Bright Spark and Check Your Navigation Lights

    If your mast is down, why not take advantage and check out the masthead navigation lights. Not too many moons ago we had the job of re rigging a classic little sailboat, built in the sixties I believe. Looks wise she was a stunner, despite her old age (bit like me I muse). However once the mast was off the boat it was discovered that the masthead tri-colour and steaming light lens were in such bad condition that the theoretical ‘range’ of the lights was down by more than 50%, safety being seriously compromised? With a bit of simple mathematics, under ideal weather conditions and the navigation light lens in good condition the range is over two nautical miles. A ship traveling at 20 knots, North Sea ferry perhaps, has 6 minutes until impact. However if the lens is in poor condition the contact time drops dramatically! As can be seen below the same watt bulb inside the old and new lens provides a tremendous contrast. This is of course assuming the boat had not been picked up by the ferry’s radar but that’s another story! We carry stock of Aquasignal, Lalizas and AAA nav lights as well as replacement bulbs.

    Alternatively, whilst the mast is down maybe now is the ideal time to change to LED navigation lights. If you have an Aquasignal QUICKFIT tricolour, anchor or combined tri/anchor light, you can now get an LED replacement which simply pushes straight onto the existing QUICKFIT base so no rewiring or drilling required. It’s so simple it can even be done with the mast up!

    Tuesday Late Night Opening Offers are as follows :

    Nav Lights
  • 2. Top Tips Tuesday - Save Yourself A Load Of Money With ... Seabung

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    Scenario 1:  Imagine you've got friends onboard your power boat and one of your guests decides to put something down the Jabsco toilet ‘that hasn’t been eaten’,you end up with a blockage. Then it gets worse still as you remember the waste outlet seacock was very stiff last season and you never got round to servicing it last lift out! Your thoughts, as it's the start of your summer cruise, carry on and adopt the ‘bucket and chuck it’ method of waste disposal or go for an emergency lift out at the nearest marina with the cost implication and the loss of at least a day of your precious holiday.

    Scenario 2: Consider a windless day, you are punching a foul tide and the engine alarm sounds. You chuck the hook out and on investigation the water strainer is bone dry which would most probably indicate a raw water intake blockage. Your course of action? Wait till the tide turns and the breeze fills in? or call out the lifeboat?

    Or in both cases use your newly acquired Seabung to get you out of the s*!t! 



  • 1. Top Tips Tuesday - Pre-season Anode Checks

    1.  Tuesdays Top Tip: "Pre-Season Anode Checks".

    In hull Anode?!

    MG Duff helped us put it all together however the accompanying image (above) of an anode installed INSIDE a hull (now I’ve seen it all) that came from a different source!

    • Check you are using genuine MGDuff anodes

    • Check for any sign of corrosion to propellers, shafts, sterndrives and other hull fittings.

    • Check that your anodes will last for the duration of the forthcoming season. Renew if more than 50% wasted.

    • Check that the surfaces of your anodes are free of paint and chalky corrosion deposits.

    • Check that your anodes are securely fastened, the fixing bolts, nuts and washers are tight.

    • Check all internal bonding to ensure that the connections are clean and the cable is clipped up where necessary. If you have an MGDuff Electro Eliminator check that the springs are sound and it is positioned so the brushes are in contact with the shaft.

    • Check that you are fitting the correct anode material for the waters you are in i.e. Salt Water = Zinc or Aluminium; Fresh Water = Magnesium.

    • When fitting a new anode you should also replace the serrated fan disc washers under the nuts and change the backing sheet on wood and GRP hulls. Exposed fixing studs, nuts and washers should be well greased or painted after assembly.

    • For further information visit MGDuff’s website:






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