Graham Snook

Technical Editor

The Nub is essentially a lower friction (17% less apparently), lighter (at 16g), stronger (4.5 ton breaking load) friction ring, in plastic instead of alloy. ‘Racing,’ you say. And you’d…

Why Lady’s Hook? It’s usually the gent hogging the wheel leaving his long-suffering lady to do all the mooring athletics. This device, a 0.5kg, 90cm length of stainless steel with…

A great idea to keep on board for emergencies. These clever composite repair packs from Dr Sails can be used to repair carbon or fibreglass, there is even a pack…

The Aurora Sky-lite red distress flare can propel two red stars up to 60m by hand held launcher. It’s ideal for smaller boats and is small enough to throw in…

When his 41ft steel fishing boat sank in seconds, leaving Australian boater Scott Smiles and his crew no time to grab safety kit, he knew there had to be a…

After a summer in Scotland, of all places, Nigel Calder found that solar outperformed wind 2.5:1. This is Scotland, mind. Solar is coming on stream and Solar Cloth System is…

What is the best sailing app? The answer probably depends on you and your sailing, but pretty soon you’ll have plenty more to choose from. A group of sailor geeks…

The self-locking adjustable T- toggles come in three varieties. T-Close K a toggle in a loop of Dyneema for creating adjustable soft shackles. T-bat K an easily adjustable loop suitable…

Unusually for a head torch, the RAW Pro is waterproof and shockproof – ideal for a life on board. The strap is comfortable to wear and there’s no need for…

New for 2016 is the Garmin hand-held GPS 73. With a clear monochrome display and highly sensitive GPS, it’s perfect for either the cost-conscious sailor or someone wanting a back…