Looking for the perfect case to protect your phone from the elements, or a GPS tracker to keep your belongings safe? Our first edition of Marina Kit has 9 perfectly practical buys for your time on board…
EDITOR’S CHOICE – WaveTrax App v1.0.5
30-day free trial
The popular sailing and boating app, launched last year, has had an upgrade for 2015. Version 1.0.5 of the logbook, which allows sailors to digitally record and share journeys, now includes Wi-Fi only syncing; a Pause Control function, which prevents users from forgetting to turn WaveTrax back on after a break or refuelling stop; and thumbnails using Google Map representations of the journey for improved image resolution on the web and PDF log printouts. WaveTrax is available through the iTunes store (search for ‘sailing logbook or marine logbook’), where the app can be downloaded to iPhone or iPad. Find out more at www.wavetrax.com.
Want professional-looking shots of your boat from above? You’ve got them with the incredible IRIS+ personal drone by 3D Robotics. IRIS+ offers up to 20 minutes of flight time as well as an optional stabilized GoPro gimbal for stunning and controlled aerial imagery. Powered by 3DR’s world famous autopilot, IRIS+ is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go. See more at www.3drobotics.com.
Musto Commemorative Volvo Ocean Race Collection
Fans of the Volvo Ocean Race can now show their support with this commemorative new clothing collection from British brand Musto. The striking red Ocean Race Jacket, priced at £475, boasts a three-layer Gore-Tex Pro membrane, which is twice as thick as the standard version, providing optimum protection and durability, while the stylish Newport jacket, £225, display an artistic representation of the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 on the internal mesh. Our favourite item is the Tour T, £25, which details the different stopovers being made during the race and the corresponding nautical mile information on the back. See more at www.musto.com.
Interested in the Volvo Ocean Race? You’ll love our ‘day in the life’ feature with the Abu Dhabi team skipper, Ian Walker here.
Maui Jim Makaha Reader sunglasses
The premium Hawaiian sunglasses brand Maui Jim have the world’s only lenses to protect your eyes with up to nine layers of glare-cutting, UV-eliminating and colour-enhancing technology. These new cutting edge, sporty frames offer clear and unobstructed views, as well as great protection against wind, blowing sand and debris. The frame is light and durable with extreme bending strength and a very secure fit. See more at www.mauijim.com.
Garmin GSD 25
Thank to Garmin’s new scanning sonar black box, the GSD 25, you’ll never have to guess what’s under your boat again. The new module offers traditional sonar, 1kW CHIRP, CHIRP DownVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar for a versatile, all-in-one black box. It’s the ideal solution for boaters or anglers who require both scanning capabilities and traditional sonar, providing vivid detail below and beside the vessel. See www.garmin.com for more.
The easiest way to take a selfie without falling overboard, these cool new Selfie Sticks and Poles from Selfie Pods are bang on trend. Perfect for taking scenery shots, they’re lightweight and made of aluminium so they won’t rust when you take them out to sea – perfect! For further info see www.selfiepods.co.uk.
Aqua Go Mist Aqua G2
Leading British marine footwear brand, Chatham, has just launched its Aqua Go technology range – its latest high performance active footwear design and the hero in its new summer 2015 collection. The brand new ‘Barefoot’ styles, ideal for watersports enthusiasts, include this Mist Aqua Go G2. It’s super lightweight and boasts ultra-grip in wet conditions. Strategically placed drain holes allow water to disperse from the interior of the shoe in less than 10 seconds, for super-fast drying, too. See more at www.chatham.co.uk.
Pro-Vis Waterproof Duffel and Backpack
From £84.99 and £64.99
Keep your belongings safe, waterproof at all times with the new Pro-Vis range from waterproof experts Overboard. Made using a durable high-vis PVC orange fabric and featuring large light-reflective strips, the Pro-Vis range is perfect for those sailors who may experience poor lighting conditions and hazardous situations. The backpack is available in a 20-litre and 30-litre options; the duffel comes in a 60-litre version and boasts an internal wet-to-dry pocket where you can store sports equipments, helmets and even tools. Smaller dry tubes are also available. Find out more at www.overboard.co.uk.
Zippo Hand Warmer
The Zippo Hand Warmer will help you to forget the harsh winds and cold air with a consistent warm heat lasting for up to 12 hours. Refillable and fitting seamlessly into both pockets and gloves, the Hand Warmer is the accessory to see you through your winter holiday. Available in Black Matte or Chrome. For more info see www.zippo.co.uk.
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