Motor Boat & Yachting’s team of technical writers run the rule over the best gear, kit and equipment on the market

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Sealander: The boat that’s also a caravan

Referring to any vessel as a ‘floating caravan’ is usually regarded as an insult, but in this case it’s entirely accurate. Inventors of the German-built Sealander looked at the humble two-berth caravan and wondered whether it couldn’t do a little more than simply get dragged around by a car slowing…

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Yamaha 425hp outboard: Most powerful V8 set-up tested

While Yamaha is not a company to shout about power, most of us already know how extraordinary the specs for the new XTO are. Taking the mantle as Yamaha’s flagship motor from the established F350, this naturally aspirated direct injection 5.6-litre V8 generates an output of 425hp, making it the…

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Raymarine Element: Next gen chartplotters promise life-like clarity

Raymarine Element is a new series of sonar/GPS chartplotters from Raymarine that slot between its budget Dragonfly and top-spec Axiom models. Unlike the Axiom range, these are keypad controlled, rather than touch screen. Raymarine describes them as ‘optimised for a simplified user experience’. However they still use a Lighthouse operating…

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Solo SF150: The personal waterskiing machine

That looks like a high tech training shoe, what is it? It’s the new SOLO SF 150 Personal Ski Machine. Intriguing, what does it do? Pop it on the water and you can water ski behind it. But what’s wrong with a boat? Nothing, provided you have two other people…

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AIS B+ explained: How to see and be seen on the water

Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) may have originally been conceived as a collision avoidance system for commercial shipping but in recent years they have become a popular safety aid for leisure boats as well. Not only does AIS allow you to see and be seen, even when out of sight due…

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Hempel Silic One: Is this the future of antifouling?

As with many more experienced boat owners Harry and Vikki Metcalfe decided to make the switch from sail to power when the appeal of beating into the wind at an angle for hours on end began to lose its appeal. After years of cruising and racing a variety of sailing…

Raymarine ClearCruise brings augmented reality to boating tech

Never before have leisure boat owners had access to such a sophisticated array of navigational electronics. The leading manufacturers are on a never-ending mission to make navigating on the water safer, more intuitive and more inventive. Thermal imaging and the use of tablets, smartphones and even smart watches to control…