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Can old systems still be safe?
Feb 2003 p83-89  (7.00 pages)
Category: Product tests / Used boats
Author: David Harding
Description: Boat Check
Testing of the electrics and gas instalments on a 22-year-old Westerly Discus. Batteries, pipes through bulkheads, flexible hoses, gas alarms.
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What to watch as your boat grows older - Electrics
Mar 2003 p82-87  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics
Author: David Harding
Description: Boat Check: Inspecting the electrics and electronics on Westerly Discus
Returning to the Westerly Discus we visited last month, our electrical expert concludes his investigation into the state of the batteries, wiring and switch panel, while the electronics also come under scrutiny.
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Is my switching system safe?
Jun 2002 p47
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Category: Questions & answers / Electrics & electronics
Author: Jim Harvey/James Hortop
Description: Inside Information
Battery systems
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How safe are your circuits?
Jan 2002 p101-106
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Category: Seamanship & safety / Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: James Hortop/Pat Manley/Richard Morley
Description: Boat Check
Onboard a Moody 31 checking electrics, the engine and RNLI safety check
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AC distribution - Electrics made simple
Mar 2000 p108-112  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics
Author: Alastair Garrod
Description: Electrics Made Simple - Part 6 - In the last of this series, Alastair looks at AC distribution.
Now we turn to the various onboard systems and the devices that help make them safe. Portable power. Fixed systems. And a full blown AC installation which includes sources of AC other than shore power.
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GPS - How safe are we??
May 2004 p18-19  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Navigation
Author: William Sandford, FRIN
Description: Navigation
Safety considerations of Global Navigation Satellite Systems
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All systems are go!
Apr 2000 p115  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: Tim Bartlett
Description: Practical Motorboating
Motor boats - check everything before going to sea. Fuel, oil & air, cooling & controls. Electrical systems. Turbocharger.
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Yr boat needs U! - Remote boat monitoring systems
Sep 2005 p48-52  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Mark Turley
Description: On Test: Remote boat monitoring systems (keywords: Text security systems)
Now your boat can send you a test to tell you it's in trouble. We tested the systems on the market, and we think you'll be as impressed as we are: BlueRay Secure Boat, Bridgetek, Harbourcall, Harbourmaster, VoiceAlarm, Watchmonitor, Yacht Watch.
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Rigged and ready? Westerly Discus
Nov 2002 p58-61  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Boat tests / Sails, rigs & rigging / Used boats
Author: David Harding
Description: Boatcheck
PBO boat team sail a Westerly Discus
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Westerly 33/Discus
Sep 1995 p112-113  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Used boats
Author: Peter Nielsen
Description: Second look
Introduced in 1977 the Westerly 33. A versatile centre cockpit cruiser. Later became the Discus, in 1980 with a choice of aft or centre cockpit. Owner's speak highly of the boats seakeeping qualities.
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MOB alarms
Apr 2011 p60-63  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide
Author: David Pugh & Ben Meakins
Description: Gear test - MOB alarms on test
Simple alarms; Autotether Screamer, Deckband, Mobilarm Crewsafe, NASA MOBi, Navicom RT-650 MOB, Raymarine LifeTag. Direction-finding alarms; Sea Marshall, Sea Safe.
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Lights! Music! Alarms! Action!
Sep 2010 p88  (1.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Electronics / Navigation / Product tests
Author: Tim Bartlett
Description: Boat master: New Nav: The latest kit and navigational issues
Simrad C-Zone and Sonic Hub add-ons allow total control of your systems from your NSE screen
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Better safe than sorry - RNLI's Sea Check service for your boat
Jul 2004 p64-67  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Seamanship & safety
Author: Michael Knight
Description: Ownership: RNLI's Sea Check service
WOuldn't it be good if you could have an expert cast his eye over your boat and advise you about any outstanding safety issues? Well, you can. And it won't cost you a bean.
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All systems go
Jul 2009 p84-87  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Engine / Engines / Practical
Author: Neale Byart
Description: Marketplace Part. 2: Mechanical and electrical systems
A boat's mechanical and electrical systems can be incredibly complex, so they deserve particular attention.
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Double standards
Dec 1992 p80-84  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Engines / Practical / Practical, maintenance & repair / Seamanship & safety
Author: Emrhys Barrell
Description: Back-up systems Part. 1
Better safe than sorry, they say. But if an essential outboard system fails, have you got a back-up? In the first of two features, Emrhys Barrell suggests some contingency plans.
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Outsmart the thieves - Security Systems
Dec 2012 p54-57  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Practical / Seamanship & safety
Author: Neale Byart
Description: Product preview - From datatagging to infrared video alarms, we review the latest security devices to help protect your boat
Boat Warden, Yacht Sentinel, Duotraq S100, Garmin GTU10 Tracker, C-Pod, Monitor, Chip and Trace Pro, Datatag Marine, Smartwater, MarineGuard, CIA Boat Watch, Back 2 You tracker.
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Westerly 28
Feb 1968 p68-70  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Boat tests
Author: John Burningham
Description: Boat Test
Westerly 28 is a beamy light displacement boat, designed as a safe family cruiser, with good performance.
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Ignition systems
Feb 1993 p65-67
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Engine / Engines / Practical / Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: J. McCormack/Bill Thomson
Description: Boat Electrics Part. 4/4: Fault finding on ignition systems
Fault-finding on a petrol engine's ignition system is an important skill to have. Bill Thompson and John McCormack round off our series on beginner's boat electrics.
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Westerly 33 & Discus
Jun 1997 p43
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Category: Boat tests
Author: David Harding
Description: Boat Test (Sailing Cruiser)
Sailing Cruiser
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Flare Safe Torch
Mar 2007 p105  (1.50 pages)
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Category: Product tests
Author: Greg Copp
Description: Tried & tested
Flare Safe Torch
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The screening room - Integrated systems
Mar 2010 p64-69  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Mark Turley
Description: Product review: Integrated electonics
The fast moving world of marine navigation has never been so active. To help you keep track, here's our guide to the best integrated systems on offer. From 3D mapping to engineroom monitoring, uniting chartplotter and radar.
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Westerly Merlin 28
Jan 1985 p116-119  (3.50 pages)
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Category: Boat tests
Description: On Board: Westerly Merlin 28
Westerly Merlin. Designed to attract the first-time buyer with dependable cruising comfort. Our two days aboard the Merlin established that she is, indeed, a safe, comfortable and easily-handled family cruiser.
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Creating the boat of the future
May 2008 p68-71  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Product tests
Author: Nigel Calder
Description: Cruising
Nigel's new boat is a test bed for a range of cutting-edge systems: diesel-electric propulsion, computer modelling, batteries, power distribution, weight, pumps and lights, sails
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Upgrade your battery and charging system
Jun 2010 p72-77  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: Mike Westin
Description: Electrics - the complete guide. Part 2. Batteries and Charging
Batteries form the centre of any boat's electrical system, so it's vital to select them carefully. In Part 2 of our guide to boat electrics, Mike Westin explains how he chose and installed new battery and charging systems on his Vancouver 27
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How safe are you?
Jul 2002 p116-120
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Andrew Simpson
Description:
Good Gear Guide: ensuring you stay safe whilst onboard and stay with the boat
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Electrical health check
Apr 2000 p48  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: Nigel Calder
Description: Fitting out - Batteries
Electrics expert Nigel Calder runs through a basic pre-season check-up, designed to ensure your battery is fighting fit and ready for action. Batteries, alternator, connections.
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Integrated systems - All systems go
Jan 2006 p54-58  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Practical
Description: Gear Round-Up: The days of chartplotters, radars and echo sounders each outputting to a different screen are over, thanks to a new generation of intergrated systems.
Furuno NAVnet vx2, Garmin 3000 series, Koden-MDP/K-Link, Lowrance LCX/LMS series, Navman 8120, Nobeltec, Northstar 6000i, Northstar 8000i, Raymarine C-series, Raymarine E-series, Simrad CX series, Standard Horizon CP1000C.
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How safe is your lifejacket?
Mar 2005 p93-94  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Product tests
Author: Peter Bruce
Description: On Test
Professional scrutiny of Peter Bruce's lifejackets and CO2 canisters
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'B' safe, be seen
Jul 2006 p82-84  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Navigation / Technical / Electrics & electronics
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Electronics Special
Automatic Identification System (AIS) Class B sets
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Keeping control
May 2000 p137  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Boat handling / Engine
Author: Tim Bartlett
Description: Practical Motorboating - Engine control systems
When changing from sail to power, there are differences in the engine controls you should be wary of. Dual station systems. Cable runs. Single lever, single station. Steering systems. Tabs and trim.
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MOB Rescue Systems: Getting them back to the boat
Dec 2001 p72-78
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Category: Buyers' guides / Seamanship & safety
Author: Tim Bartlett
Description: Team tested
Team testing rescue equipment: Compass Rescue Sling, Baltic Swedebuoy, Sowester Crew Link, Kim MOB Rescue Sling and Jon Buoy Recover Module
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