In this section we discuss our favorite stuff...anything marine and a few other neat things that may be useful on a boat. Every item here has been used and tested by us or recommended by friends and other "yachties". Please feel free to submit all of your favorite items for our readers' perusal.
Dr. Sails Adhesive is a two-component epoxy adhesive especially designed to repair sails. It is ideal for fast, flexible underwater curing and emergency repairs on sails and other boat damage. It has a fast cure time (8 min) and can be applied on wet surfaces. Once cured, Dr. Sails is pliable and remains flexible. The glue can be used on sailcloth, fiberglass, carbon, Kevlar, metal, wood, and neoprene. It's easy to apply with the supplied mixing nozzle.
The Helicat looks like a helicopter but it is actually just a seafaring catamaran that, for some reason, was fashioned to look like it came out of a James Bond movie. While it won't be taking off to send riders soaring, the boat will let you ride through harsh waters at high speeds while remaining perfectly stable. The Helicat can be outfitted with a pair of 60hp to 90hp motors, allowing it to ride at top speeds of between 20 to 45 mph. VERY cool indeed.
Calypso Sea Pearl and Leather Jewelry is made by one of our former sailing school students, Tanya Burnett. Tanya is not only a diving instructor and photographer, but also an incredible artist. She crafts high-end jewelry from natural gems, ethnic beads, and pearls. I absolutely love, love, love her jewelry. Plus, part of the proceeds from Calypso Sea sales supports efforts to reverse the diminishing shark population around the world. Check out her collections!
Treat yourself to a subscription of the Cruising Outpost Magazine. It's the biker magazine for sailors. It has lots of very good information and great pictures. Bob and Jodi, owners of the magazine, are fun and interesting sailors who do a lot for the sailing community. A 1-Year subscription is only $45.00!
usedboatequipment.com is a favorite website here at Catamaran Guru. It has great used boat items for sale and you can list your own stuff to be sold. It is the place for boaters and the marine industry to buy and sell previously owned boating equipment. A great resource for boaters by boaters. We have used it to sell second hand gear and have had a great experience! Check it out.
Catamaran owners have lots of choices of different types of anchors as we have discussed before. But Stephen and I frequently recommend the Rocna anchor. We have used this anchor for the last 2 years on our own catamaran in different weather, current conditions, and seabeds. Its holding power is incredible. We cannot say enough good things about this anchor. It is pricey for an anchor, but worth every cent. As they say, a good anchor is cheap insurance.
The Rocna anchor was developed by Peter Smith (New Zealand), was commercially available in 2004 and has fast become very popular amongst cruisers. The Rocna uses a roll-bar like the Bügel anchor and both the high tensile steel shank and concave flukes are optimized to maximize efficiency, strength and durability. The Rocna will set reliably in almost any surface. The weight is concentrated on the digging part of the fluke and the a sharp chisel-like point helps fast setting of the anchor.
For more on the development of new generation anchors, and particularly the Rocna, read Peter Smith’s article on New Generation Anchors. Though he, of course, is biased as he is the creator of the Rocna, the article is free from overt advertising and chock full of good information.
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