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Fresh water on top - Watermakers
Oct 2012 p84-87  (4.00 pages)
Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus: Watermakers
A watermaker is one of the key choices of long-distance cruising gear, and is becoming more popular on smaller boats for shorter passages. Elaine Bunting and Mike Owen at the gear and how it performed on last year's ARC.
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Powered up and ready to go - Generators
Nov 2012 p82-85  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Mike Owen and Elaine Bunting
Description: Gear fous: Generators
From watermakers, dishwashers, washing machines - as the comforts of home become the norm on bluewater yachts, Mike Owen and Elaine Bunting look at how to buy diesel generators - and find which is the bluewater skippers' choice.
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Water on demand
Nov 2011 p98-100  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Jim MacDonald
Description: Cruising special report - Watermakers
An essential piece of kit or a luxury? Cruisers are coming to consider watermakers the former. Marine surveyor Jim MacDonald describes how to get the best out of your watermaker and takes a look at what's on the market.
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The trouble with water
Oct 2012 p92-93  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruising guide / Gear & equipment / Practical / Seamanship & safety
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: Cruising special report - Water management
Water management is a basic, but essential art for a crew making a long passage. Elaine Bunting looks at how to maximise, conserve and replenish fresh water if you don't have a watermaker.
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Watermakers
Jun 1991 p55-57  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: James Boyd
Description: Equipment Guide
They've come a long way since mariners used to squeeze sea water through a pig's bladder.
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Spreading the word
Dec 2012 p72-75  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus: Data comms, ARC 2011
Ancient or not, mariners in last year's ARC were never alone on a wide wide sea thanks to the rally's stipulation that all boats have data comms systems on board. Mike owen discovers their choices and gripes.
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Atlantic Gear Survey - Diesel and alternative power generators, watermakers
Sep 2013 p66-72  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Description: Gear Survery: Part 1/3 - Diesel and alternative power generators, watermakers
No one escapes the confusion of choice when it comes to selecting equipment for a yacht. So each year YW draws on the experiences of competitors in the ARC in the only survey of its kind in the world.
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No-power steering
Aug 2012 p86-89  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Handling
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus: Windvane self-steering
Windwane self-steering is still popular on ocean cruisers, despite the march of technology. Mike Owen takes a look at the products on the market, the pros and cons and how suitable they are for different sizes of boat. How did they perform?
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Aug 2002 p60-66
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Category: Gear & equipment / Engines / Weather / Navigation
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description:
ARC Survey - Part 2: diesel generators, watermakers, comms equipment, radar, wind instruments, fridges and freezers
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Aug 2004 p38-44  (7.00 pages)
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Category: Product tests
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: ARC Survey part 2
Watermakers, generators, HF radio and communication equipment
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Jul 2001 p48-53
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Navigation / Product tests
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: The Great Atlantic Gear Test part 2
Top 30 items of equipment as voted for by Atlantic Rally for Cruisers skippers plus a look at generators, watermakers and refrigeration
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Jul 2003 p36-41  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Electrics & electronics
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: The Great Atlantic Gear Test part 2
Results of survey: performance of watermakers and communications equipment
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Clear as day
Jul 2012 p86-89  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Navigation / Practical / Product tests
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus: Thermal imaging cameras
Until recently thermal imaging cameras were the stuff of military operations, but as prices fall to as little as 1,300, manufacturers are bringing them into the domain of boat owners. Mike Owen goes out at night with Raymarine and Garmin thermal cameras.
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A hand on the helm - Autopilots
Sep 2012 p88-92  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Electronics / Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus: Autopilots
How they work & the result of our ARC Gear Survey. B&G H2000/H3000, Raymarine ST4000 / ST6000 / 8000 Series, ST70, Furuno Nav Pilot 511/ 700/ 7200, Simrad TP22, AP 16/25/26, 20/21/22, 24/28 and NKE Gyro Pilot.
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Which gear? Yachting World's unique Atlantic Gear Test has the answers
Oct 2010 p72-83  (10.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Product tests
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Atlantic Gear Test
There's a bewildering choice when you come to equip your yacht for long-distance voyaging. Toby Hodges presents the results of the 2010 Atlantic Gear Test, the largest independent survey of marine equipment in the world, to help you make the right choices
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Great Atlantic Gear Test
Jun 2005 p56-66  (10.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' guides
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: ARC Survey
Analysis of the performance of equipment used on the 2004 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (keywords: Autopilots, wind self-steering, diesel generators, wind-powered generators, water-powered generators, watermakers, electronic charts, communication equipment)
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Atlantic Gear Test Part. 1 Mechanics and Machinery
May 2011 p36-42  (7.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Product tests
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Exclusive Yachting World survey - Part. 1
If you're thinking about equipping your yacht for long-distance cruising, our unique annual Atlantic Gear Test, the largest independent test of marine gear in the world, is invaluable. Toby Hodges reveals the results of 220 boats in last year's ARC.
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Atlantic Gear Survey - Autopilots and self-steering, data comms and email
Oct 2013 p60-66  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Electrics & electronics / Electronics / Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear survey: Part 2
Crews may have griped about the lumpy quartering seas of the ARC 2012, but hose conditions sure put autopilots to the test, providing a bumper crop of reports and opinions for our survey. Mike Owen pores over respondees' verdicts.
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Firm favourites - Kit
Jan 2013 p84-89  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Matthew Sheahan, Toby Hodges and David Glenn
Description: Gear focus: What's in our kitbag?
The wet British summer of 2012 provided an excellent test of all sorts of sailing gear. From foulweather gear to sunglasses, here's what the Yachting World team think about the kit they've been trying out all year.
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Instant replay
Sep 2011 p40-44  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus: Tracking
Real-time or replay, regatta or round the world, tracking technology has changed the way we view racing online. Mike Owen investigates systems that provide everything from high-production America's Cup animation to tracking your local club fleet.
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Aug 2007 p40-46  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Product tests / Races & racing
Author: David Pugh
Description: ARC Survey
Autopilots; Power generation and watermakers; Wind self-steering; Electronic charts; Who takes part in the ARC?; The winners
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See and be seen with AIS
Jul 2011 p36-39  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Gear focus: AIS
All competitors in the Fastnet race this year will have to carry AIS, the automatic vessel identification system. Toby Hodges explains the benefits of the equipment, which is becoming popular on cruising boats too.
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A faithful imitation?
Jun 2012 p82-85  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Practical / Practical, maintenance & repair / Product tests
Author: Mike Owen
Description: Gear focus - Synthetic decking - For less than a third of the cost, you can have a good-looking deck that looks like teak, feels like teak, but weighs much less and needs much less maintenance.
Mike Owen investigates the new alternative synthetic teak decking: Flexiteek, Tek-Dek, Dek-King, Permateek, Treadmaster and Esthec.
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Jul 2006 p43-53  (10.00 pages)
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Category: Product tests / Gear & equipment
Author: David Pugh
Description:
Survey of over 200 yachts taking part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers: autopilots, windvanes, diesel generators, wind generators, water-powered generators, watermakers, charting software, electronic charts, winners from this survey
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Round The World Survey
Aug 1992 p90-92  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Jimmy Cornell
Description: Part 9: Food And Water
Fridges, freezers and watermakers have changed the face of long-distance cruising. Jimmy reports on how the fleet of Europa 92 dealt with the difficulties of keeping fresh produce and allocating water.
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On course with a iPad
Dec 2011 p30-34  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Navigation
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: Gear focus: iPad navigation
You can use one to plot your position, navigate and download weather, go online, check your email, write and edit spreadsheets, phone home, watch streamed TV or listen to music. Could the iPad do for marine electronics what the iPod did for music?
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Redbay Stormforce 650
May 2010 p50-51  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Engine / Engines / Gear & equipment / Gear tests
Author: Clare Frew
Description: Trailboat & RIB - Long-Term Test
Are two drives better than one? The Cruising Club puts its first twin-engined support RIB to the test. Our Suzukis performed faultlessly, hitting a top speed of around 40 knots.
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Dee's top gear
Aug 2006 p42-45  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: Gear
Best items of equipment on board Aviva during round-the-world record
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ICOM IC-M91D VHF - More from your handheld
Nov 2012 p78-79  (1.25 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Product tests
Author: Mike Owen
Description: New gear
The ICOM IC-M91D VHF and 4 of the rest: Standard Horizon HX851, ICOM IC-GM1600E, Lowrance and Simrad twin sets.
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Transatlantic Gear Survey 2014
Jul 2014 p36-42  (7.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: Transatlantic Gear Survey: ARC 2014
In our annual survey based on experiences of skippers in the ARC rally together sailing almost one million ocean miles, Elaine Bunting looks at the boats, crews, routes sailed and crucial power solutions.
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The Great Atlantic Gear Test
Jul 2008 p42-51  (8.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: David Pugh
Description: ARC Survey
Autopilots, Wind self-steering, Diesel generators, Wind generators, Towed generators, navigation, watermakers, communications, the winners
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