Independent Testing & Reviews

October, 2008

We arrive at Galaxhidi, on the Gulf of Corinth, after an excellent sail that included an hour under spinnaker. Into the little port and go stern-to, only to find the new wall so high that our passerelle forms an angle of nearly 45 degrees, far too steep to walk up or down.

May, 2007

Anchors, or the advantages and disadvantages of the various types, are rather a popular subject. After our attention on the remarkable Hydrobubble option, we were pointed by several readers to the Rocna anchor. The concept has been designed by a New Zealand yachtie, and therefore is subject to a lot of experience and expertise. 

December, 2006

How do you choose an anchor? Are you looking for a ‘lunch hook’ or heavy-duty hardware on which you can stake your life – and your H yacht – when a storm blows up and turns the anchorage into a maelstrom?

October, 2006

West Marine’s line-up of fourteen anchors included several anchors that are just copies and/or variations of other types. Such copies present concerning the West Marine / SAIL testing a tempting option, since they are usually cheaper than the genuine article. However, when a copier makes his imitation, he has two options. 

June, 2006

It’s been three years since we launched Growler, So over this season, I decided to try a couple of new our 36-foot lobster boat. We’ve taken her to the products and update some equipment already on board.

June, 2006

Long distance cruiser and boat builder Peter Smith designed the Rocna anchor, then tested a 50Kg prototype on his yacht, Kiwi Roa, during a circumnavigation of New Zealand. I borrowed a 25Kg version for my 12 metre Ganley cutter over the summer.

February, 2006

Many sailors will remember Peter Smith as the founding partner of Cavalier Yachts from the days when New Zealand was still building production yachts. In the 20 or so years since then he has delivered yachts and built boats all over the world. An issue that always arose was the choice of anchor, with both clients and friends complaining about each anchor’s peculiarities.

May, 2005

Peter, the founding partner of New Zealand’s Cavalier Yachts basck in the 70’s, has returned to New Zealand after 20 years of professional sailing, yacht deliveries, and boat-building all over the world, including 10 years running his own yard in Colchester, England, where his current boat Kiwi Roa was built.

May, 2005

The Boeing 747 landed in the predawn darkness, after a late evening takeoff from Los Angeles International two days before. With the combination of crossing the international date line, a night landing toward the extreme southern end of the globe, and the fact that it was the first day of winter in June — I was definitely in touch with being somewhere different.