Marine Electronics

February 14, 2010


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West Marine's Top Picks for 2010

February 14, 2010

Practical Sailor hasn’t tested any of these products yet, but we’ve evaluated plenty of Harken gear, a variety of gadgets from Blue Sea Systems, and various apparel from West Marine in the past.
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Superwind 350 Wind-gen Upgrades

February 14, 2010

The Superwind 350 was Practical Sailor’s top pick of the five wind-generators we reviewed in the July 2007 issue and it was named to PS’s 2007 Gear of the Year list. Since that test, the Superwind’s manufacturer has made some improvements in the unit’s design and function, including the new carbon-fiber Silent Power Blades.
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Antifouling paint prices hold steady

February 9, 2010

I just finished my first run-through on bottom paint prices and noticed that, for the first time in recent memory, I don’t see any significant price jumps. Naturally, with the lagging economy, it behooves paint makers to offer the best value to consumers. Nevertheless, I was surprised by some of the prices, particularly since copper prices have regained much of the ground they lost last year. Several of our “Good” paints in our six-month checkup fell right around $100/gallon mark.
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Miracle Protectants, Ataturk, and Deed-restricted Communities

February 3, 2010

Several readers have forwarded me a press release on the latest high-tech nano-coating – a spray on glass coating designed to protect a wide range of surfaces from . . . well, just about anything. According to the press release, the nanotechnology product, developed in Turkey and owned by a German company, yields a harmless spray that can protect virtually any surface against dirt and mildew and weathering for up to a year.
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Environmentally-friendly Antifouling Paint Test

January 28, 2010

The bottom paint update coming up in the March issue of Practical Sailor will feature more than a dozen new antifouling paints, and many of them are no-copper or low-copper varieties. While paint manufacturers could potentially save a bundle by reducing the copper content in their paints, the costs associated with bringing an effective alternative biocide to the market are a big impediment. (No, simply adding cayenne to a cheap bottom paint doesn’t work.) If there is to be any motion in a green-paint direction, government policy will be the prime mover.
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Reader Questionnaire

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