Here’s one for the I’ve-seen-it-all-now department: a dinghy seat that opens up to reveal an array of solar panels and wind generators to charge the battery for the tender’s electric motor. Pull the dink up on the beach, and it’ll recharge its own battery while you’re having a rum at the tiki bar. The brainchild of French company GEPS Techno, the “Hybrid Bench” is not yet in production, but full marks for ingenuity. How about extending the concept to a liferaft?
Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers
The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more