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?
Cruising: Holland to Norway
In 2015, we cruised to Norway’s Lofoten Islands on our Nordic 40, Juanona, which we’d sailed transatlantic from Maine to England. Our 2016 plan was to cruise through the Netherlands to the Kiel Canal, sail into the Baltic as far as Stockholm, then cruise the western coast of ...read more