Boat Equipment: Is Cheaper Always Better?

When buying boat equipment, sometimes it’s hard to know when you should splash out and when there’s no need to pay more for quality. This week, we ask some of the MaxSea partners for their advice on when to spend big and when you can be frugal.

Splurge or save

Team Jolokia

In our experience, there are certain items that must be of high quality. Don’t try to use cheaper items as you will most likely need to re-buy them again! Here are some examples of these types of products:

  • Torch
  • Blunder
  • Bucket
  • Pumps

Isabelle Joschke

There is some boat equipment that costs less but is not any lower in terms of quality. In this case, we should take advantage of the cheaper product! But sometimes I prefer to choose quality even though it is more expensive. In this way, I will not need to repurchase new equipment every year. This is certainly the case for tools, which can deteriorate rapidly.

Sail boat

IMERPOL

In general we always try to buy the best item we can afford. Otherwise we wait until we can afford it. Here are some tips to follow:

  • It is not necessary to have absolutely every tool related to your boat, just the items that match your real needs.
  • Equipment wears away on a boat than at home due to movements, saline air, sunlight etc.
  • Yachting stuff is sometimes calculated for an occasional use and don’t last long.
  • It is sometimes better (and cheaper) to buy home equipment than products from a ship chandlers’.
  • It is not necessary nowadays to dress in old clothes and full of paint stains and I prefer comfortable and smart ones, especially shoes and oilskins which are part of security.

Do you have any examples you’d like to share? If so, leave us a comment below!

Learn more about the activities of each of these MaxSea partners:

Team Jolokia

Isabelle Joschke

IMERPOL

 


 

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MaxSea at IceFish – the Icelandic Commercial Fishing Show

Last week, Regional Sales Manager Thibault Hua represented MaxSea at the IceFish exhibition which took place in Reykjavik. IceFish is the must-visit event of the commercial fishing industry. Here he tells us how it went.

MaxSea products were displayed at the stand of Iceland’s Furuno distributor Brimrún. Special emphasis was placed  on our PC-radar and fishing-PC sounder solutions with Furuno sensor integration. The new WASSP interface was also very successful because of the increase in productivity and time it represents for bottom mapping tasks.

WASSP - MaxSea integration

WASSP – MaxSea integration

Learn more about the new WASSP-MaxSea compatibility!

MaxSea and Brimrun Representatives

MaxSea and Brimrún Representatives

Brimrún has been the exclusive MaxSea distributor in Iceland for the last 3 years, and is highly-knowlegable on our software. Their input has always been priceless to the improvement of our products. Brimrún spends time training customers on how to use MaxSea. They have organised several training seminars and more are planned for the future. Get in touch with Brimrún to learn more.

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Iceland boat show2

Thibault would like to thank them for their support over the past years and for their welcome during the show.


Visit Brimrún’s website or send them an email if you would like to know more about this Icelandic distributor of MaxSea.


 

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IMERPOL continue their Navigation Through Newfoundland

Joëlle & Janusz Kurbiel are members of the polar navigation expedition group IMERPOL and use MaxSea TimeZero software on board. In July they updated us on their current expedition which is taking them through Newfoundland. Here is the latest news from their travels.

Well, the storms and autumn weather are well and truly here!

Luckily, we were able to complete all our planned observations in the North this season and the results are very promising.

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Now it is time to focus our attention on the gallant Vagabond’elle vessel to prepare for the harsh winter. There will be lots of snow and temperatures as low as -25°C north of Newfoundland.

IMERPOL's polar navigation

We must repair some damage to the boat, the most important being a leak that we have not yet localised, abnormal engine vibrations, some equipment failures, and especially re-do the paint and varnish work again. All the charms of a wooden boat!

But for now the wind howls in the rigging and we need to wait for a lull…

It gives us great pleasure to share this wonderful adventure.


 

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MaxSea Commercial Fishing Software Installation for Namibian Fisheries Patrol Vessel

MaxSea distributor Radio Electronic CC is located in Namibia and tells us about a recent installation of the commercial fishing software MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on one of Namibia’s Fisheries Patrol vessels, AK Mungunda.

Walvis Bay, Namibia

The vessel, “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”, is one of two Namibian Fisheries patrol vessels, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia:

Commercial fishing vessel: Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda

Namibian Fisheries Patrol vessel, the “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”

She was built in 2003, is 59m in length and has a gross tonnage of 1413t.

As two of the Namibian Research vessels are already outfitted with MaxSea TimeZero installations, it was a logical choice to have the same type of system installed on this patrol vessel – for ease of sharing user data, such as PBG bathymetric data, among each other.

The installation

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT software, integrated with:

  • Standard GPS device
  • Depth, sounder
  • ARPA and AIS input

What makes this installation a little unusual is the 32-inch monitor which was used to display the commercial fishing software:

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MaxSea TimeZero PLOT displayed on a 32-inch monitor in the vessel’s helm

About the dealer

Radio Electronic CC, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia has been installing MaxSea products for the past 15 years.

You can contact Radio Electronic CC by email, post or telephone:

 info@recc.com.na

 17 Fourteenth Road, Po Box 670, Walvis Bay, Namibia

 +264 64207483


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MaxSea Tales from the Field: Hamburg, Germany

Last month, MaxSea Inside Sales Representative Irina Kuca, had the opportunity to visit two MaxSea distributors located in Hamburg, Germany: HanseNautic and Furuno Deutschland.

Day 1: Hansenautic

On her first day, Irina visited HanseNautic, a long-time partner of MaxSea. The HanseNautic store is located besides the biggest harbor of Hamburg. During her visit Irina answered the employees’ questions and provided training for MaxSea customers.

The HanseNautic store front

The HanseNautic store front

Hansenautic and Irina Kuca

Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr

HanseNautic store

The MaxSea TimeZero installation at HanseNautic

In the evening, Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr took time to show Irina the Hamburg harbour. Coincidentally, the the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, the Queen Mary 2, was docked there. The day ended with a typical “German” dinner: schnitzel with French fries.

Queen Elizabeth II

Irina Kuca pictured with the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship

Day 2: Furuno Deutschland

The next day, a meeting with John Dempsey, Ruediger Engel and Claus Frederiksen from Furuno Deutschland was scheduled. Furuno Germany greeted Irina with a nice welcome message, which was placed on the screen at the entrance. John Dempsey introduced her to the whole crew of Furuno Germany.

Furuno Germany with Irina Kuca

Irina Kuca with John Dempsey and Kai Thiede

The two day trip to Germany was successful and Irina together with MaxSea are looking forward to work with Hansenautic and Furuno Germany for many years to come.


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The MaxSea-WASSP Seminar in Barcelona

Last week, MaxSea and ENL (Electronic Navigation Limited) co-hosted a training seminar event in Barcelona. Over 46 distributors and partners attended from 21 different countries around the world in order to learn more about MaxSea TimeZero software and the WASSP multi-beam sounders.

Dates: August 26th – 30th, 2014

Speakers: Iker Pryszo (MaxSea), Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty (ENL)

Programme:

MaxSea-WASSP seminar

The Classroom Training

The Group Sales Manager at MaxSea, Frédéric Algalarrondo gave an introductory speech, welcoming all the particpants to Barcelona, and explained the schedule of the week.

Iker Pryszo then spent one day giving a technical training session on TimeZero Coastal Monitoring, a turnkey surveillance system that can be configured for a range of commercial applications, such as for ports, harbors or oil rigs.

On the second day, Iker presented MaxSea TimeZero PLOT, which is designed for commercial fishing and can now be integrated with WASSP multi-beam sounders, resulting in an extremely effective and powerful fishing aid. The MaxSea WASSP Module is required for this software-hardware integration.

The third day of classroom training was a techical training on the WASSP multi-beam sounders, presented by Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty.

MaxSea

The Welcome Dinner

After the first day of training, all the seminar attendees plus the MaxSea Naval staff enjoyed a dinner together. Some people stayed out later than they should have, but the details of this night are highly confidential and cannot be publicly disclosed…

MaxSea-WASSP Seminar Dinner

This was only the beginning…

Onboard Training

The last part of this seminar took place on the MaxSea boat. Attendees were invited to board at the Barcelona marina and see the installation of WASSP multi-beam sounder integrated with MaxSea TimeZero PLOT in action.

MaxSea WASSP onboard training

Seminar attendees

The MaxSea WASSP onboard training

The view from the boat!

Brice Pryszo, CEO and President of MaxSea

Brice Pryszo, CEO and President of MaxSea

The MaxSea Naval staff

The MaxSea Naval staff

You can view more photos from the onboard training in this MaxSea Facebook album.

We would like to thank everyone for coming to the seminar, and it was a pleasure to meet so many distributors and partners and have the opportunity to have an enjoyable and informative week together.


If you would like to learn more about the products featured in this seminar, please use the below contact details:

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT: info@maxsea.fr

TimeZero Coastal Monitoring: info@tzcoastalmonitoring.com

WASSP Multi-Beam Sounders: Fill out this contact form


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Sailing Europe: Croatian Boating Itinerary

If you are considering sailing Europe, then Croatia could be the perfect destination. This beautiful coastline off the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea offers pristine beauty and more than 1500 islands.

Our contact Romeo Demes from Charter Orvas has given us some insider tips on the nicest areas to sail to in Croatia.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the Lastovo Archipelago Natural Park and the Island Mljet National Park where you can view exotic flora and fauna. There are several yacht charters where you may rent a boat and sail on your own or you may choose to use the numerous cruise tours offered by different hotels.

Highlights: Dubrovnik is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of Croatia. This walled Medieval city whose walls have totally stood the test of time is a beautiful coastal town that borders the Adriatic. It is home to quite a number of islands like the Elafiti Islands which make the perfect environment for an exciting sail and excursion. For a feel of some great historical architecture, visit Kornati town located on the Kornati Island where you’ll also find the knight’s game of Moreska is still practiced.

Recommended route: Dubrovnik to Lopud to Saplunar Bay to Pomena to Lastovo to Korcula to Polace and back to Dubrovnik and at each stop, it is best to spend a full day so as to enjoy all that Croatia has to offer.

Sailing Europe: Croatian guide

Image source: Orvas Yachting

Kornati Islands

The Kornati Islands are a cluster of many islands including the Pag, Pasman, Dugi Otok, earning it the name Kornati Archipelago. Its indented coastline together with the perfect wind conditions provide the thrill needed for an exciting sail around these islands.

Highlights: The islands are home to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Kornati Islands National Park in case you want to get in touch with nature. The historical towns of Zadar and Sibenik are also nice spots to visit.

Recommended route: Sail through to Biograd then to Bozava Bay, to Telascica Bay then to NP Kornati. From there sail to Zlarin, to Skradin, to Vrgada Island, to Biograd then, back to Kornati. Along the way, enjoy the rich Croatian culture, the beautiful weather, warm beaches, deserted islands and the serenity and calm of the waters.

Sailing Europe: Croatian guide for Kornati

Island of Vis

Vis, the hidden gem of Croatia is home to some of the most exciting features of the Mediterranean.

Highlights: Head to the Blue Cave also known as the Blue Grotto and the Zelena Spilja, the Green Cave. These are great places to dive and enter, using their below sea-level entrances. The beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic and the beautiful beaches at Vis make an ideal environment for diving, snorkelling, swimming and excursions.

Recommended route: A great route to follow is from Kastela to Maslinica Bay then to Komiza, then to Bisevo, to Islet Budihovac to Stonicica. From here, sail to Hvar, to Stari Grad to Milna and back to Kastela.

Sailing Europe: sailing in Croatia


Croatia is a sailor’s paradise. Most of it is almost untouched by man. The spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, peaceful waters and picturesque sights will keep you glued to this country once you visit it.

 We would like to thank Romeo Demes from Charter Orvas for writing this article.

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