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Code-Zero furling for shorthanded sailing…

I was talking recently with a good friend who is preparing his beautiful Bowman 42 for a round the world adventure. He was describing the complexities of trying to navigate the various options for mounting suitable headsail gear to make the boat sail well; keep things manageable; but not go to far in terms of gadgets and untried systems.

I got quite interested in at least trying to get a list of all the options one might consider.

The first supplier that you might want to check out is Bartels GmBH. They supply a range of products

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More gadgets…

Its funny what a response I get to my Xmas Gadget List from all over the place …one of the most useful products that was sent to me by a blogger was the Big Kahuna Shower.

• 6 or 13 Gallons • Shower Hose: Long Coiled Hose • Variable Pressure Controlled Shower Head • Hose, Container, & Lid Absorb UV To Warm Water • Easy To Operate – Patented Water Tight Lid • 12-Volt , Submersible Pump • Includes 12-Volt Accessory Plug



For those of us that dont have ultra

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Xmas Gadget List 2010…

It seems that my Xmas gadget gift list is getting more and more popular each year.

You might want to check out the Xmas Gadget List 2009 and Xmas Gadget List 2008  too – there may still be something that takes your fancy there…

So here is my 2010 list of stuff, some practical, some bizarre and some bizarrely practical 🙂

Why not send this link to your kids and your better half …. 🙂

If you’re looking for a small, portable solar powered light that you can stick just about

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3D braille map that talks….


The Brainovi is a conceptual portable device designed to assist the visually impaired with navigation.

The unit interprets voice commands from the user and relays navigational information via a touch display and bluetooth headset for spoken directions from the handset.

The touch display uses a pin matrix surface to show roads and buildings in the immediate vicinity (surrounding ten meters) and provides the correct orientation with a built in compass.



The Brainovi was developed by Korean designers Seung-Hyun Yoon, Seol-Hee Son and Ji-Youn Kim, I think this concept device has great promise. They

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Lasers to measure wind 1000m away…


Optical Air Data Systems (OADS), LLC, a small, award-winning high-technology business in Manassas, Virginia, is a world leader in the high power fiber-optic laser business with additional expertise in Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR)

The Vindicator® laser wind sensor (LWS) is a forward-looking LIDAR system capable of measuring real-time three-dimensional wind speed and direction data at varying ranges. The sensor design is based on state-of-the-art fiber laser technology developed and patented at Optical Air Data Systems.

Catch the Wind Inc  have licensed the OADS technology and create equipment that enables engineers to optimally

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