Superyacht chandlers: Your one-stop shop
Last updated: 24/08/2017
Just about everything need to run a yacht can be procured from a chandlery, most of which will have online access and can ship your purchases in a few days if required. Most marina-based chandleries will also operate a 'man-in-a-van' type service who can meet your every need.
Yachting Pages investigates the wonderful world of chandlery to bring you the latest hot products available on the market, as of Summer 2016.
The latest hot products you should be aware of and may have to source...
Robust waterproof camera - The V.360° camera
This camera captures everything in full 360°; it has a single lens, which can be used on land, in air or in water. The camera has a 6x view, stereo sound, capture action sensors, long battery life and is IP67 compliant.
It allows you to take 8MP panoramic images with the touch of a button, even while recording a video. With selectable burst mode you can capture 5 sequential panoramic photos. There is a time lapse recording option with adjustable settings of 2s, 5s, 10s, 30s and 60s.
Activating surveillance mode turns the V.360 into a 360 degree security camera.
See the camera in action here.
The V.360° camera is currently retailing at $449 and is available at a range of stores and chandleries worldwide.
New 3M Marine Polishing System
This new product created by 3M, allows for a highly polished finish to be applied on gel coated hulls. Despite most commercially available polishes being designed for hard automotive finishes, this new system is specifically formulated to provide optimum finish on marine production gel coats.
Based around 3M’s Marine Imperial Compound and Finishing Material and designed by material scientists at 3M, the product can be applied after sanding, using a wool pad, to remove grade P600 or finer sand scratch marks and gel coat oxidisation quickly and easily, leaving a high quality finish with no swirl or scratch marks.
3M Marine Imperial Compound contains no wax or silicone and has been optimised for machine application with air or electric buffers operating at 1500 to 2500 rpm, using 3M Superbuff or Hookit compounding pads. It can also be applied by hand using a soft cloth.
Available from: www.3m.com
FUELSTAT resinae PLUS – fuel maintenance
Arguably, the first stage to any fuel maintenance schedule, should begin with fuel testing and if you haven’t heard already, Conidia Bioscience has created the new FUELSTAT resinae PLUS test kit.
This onsite fuel test can be conducted wherever fuel is manufactured, stored, distributed or consumed and can be used prior to bunkering to check the fuels quality before loading on board. This product is capable of detecting all known organisms, which grow in fuel and in fuel systems within just 10 minutes, unlike current growth-based tests, which require a minimum of 72 hours to provide any results.
It can be directly sourced from Conidia Bioscience or selected chandlers: www.conidia.com/fuelstat-diesel-test-kit/
It’s reassuring to see that safety procedures and services are improving on what seems to be, a daily basis. With 2015 marking the year anniversary of the RIB accident in Cornwall, where a father and daughter were killed, this new wireless kill cord could be of interest to superyacht tender drivers.
The Coastkey worked as a wireless engine kill switch. If the driver falls overboard, the communication between the RIB and driver is disrupted, thus meaning the engine will stop immediately and the signal beacon is activated.
The device also allows the driver to start, stop and tilt the engine at the touch of a button, up to 15m away.
You can purchase this at various chandleries or find a dealer at: http://www.killcord.co.uk/
Casyvac by Fenzy
The Casyvac is a respiratory escape hood with inner half-mask equipped with A1B1E1K1 P3 filter to offer protection against toxic gasses, vapours, organic gases, acid gases, ammonia and organic amino derivatives.
Please note: the Casyvac can only be used with a Fenzy Casyvac half mask.
Available from Yacht Shopping
Nano sealer technology
According to Jose from Pinmar Supply, nano technology in cleaning has become more and more popular, due to its ability to allow you to seal glass without having to apply further cleaning products. Nano sealers in particular are taking over from teak oil, as a more efficient way of cleaning a yacht, according to Jose: “Everything used to be teak oil, now everything is about sealers. Technology is also a big influence on the market, and products just keep getting better.”
Available from: www.pinmarsupply.com/category/paints-varnishes/
Yacht Crew caller
Crew, just when you thought you found a ‘quiet space’ on board the yacht you’re working on, the industry brings out the Yacht Crew Caller!
The Yacht Crew Caller is an on-board intercom system designed specifically for the marine environment and works as an intelligent, easy to use, communication call point device. Simple to use, a captain, yacht owner or charter guest would simply have to press the select button and scroll through to choose their chosen call point area.
This well-known device is available throughout numerous outlets and chandleries worldwide.
Vaavud Smartphone wind meter
The Vaavud smartphone wind meter accurately takes wind readings, at speeds from 2 – 20 m/s (up to 24 m/s on an iPhone 5s) and works off a downloadable and free app. By inserting the small tool into the headphone socket, it will allow the user to create a real-time graph and map on their smart phone. Currently retailed at £34.95.
Available from: www.thinkboat.com