It is time I changed the 27Mhz to a VHF unit in my noelex 25. What do people recommend? And where do you recommend mounting it?

David Willcox, NX887

The fridge/cooler on a Noelex 25

Being a new owner, I do not know what to expect from the Fridge., Up to now it has been disappointing and runs continually, Keeps things cool but it appears not cold enough. With continuious running it would soon drain the batteries. I have let it run continually with highest setting on the thermostat but […]

Turn your laptop into a chart-plotter/navigator

To guide you into that anchorage tucked away in a bay or harbour, to find that channel or river entrance, or to locate that red-hot fishing spot all you need is a low cost hand-held GPS unit such as a Garmin Etrex. These can be had for well under $100 if you look online. […]

Toilets for cruising comfort on

It always seems strange to hear charter companies in the Whitsundays advise skippers on VHF radio when finishing their bareboat charter and returning to Abel Point marina at Airlie Beach to “Please ensure your holding tanks are emptied before reaching Pioneer Rocks” ( in the passage and about 4nm from Airlie Beach). Doubly strange since […]

New generation anchors on “Sure Thing”

This is not an endorsement or recommendation for any anchor but represents a very limited experience in a specific location with specific tackle on a Noelex 25 trailer-sailer yacht. Very happy with our upgrade to a Manson Supreme 15lb anchor following cruising in the Whitsundays through September & October 2011. It set immediately every time […]

Boarding ladder for inflatable tender

Having been frustrated for many years by attempts to discover an easy way to climb back into our Zodiac tender after snorkelling, it was a revelation to come across a simple and effective device manufactured by St.Croix Marine Products Inc, Minneapolis, USA. It was a revelation to see a 95kg person climb unassisted into our […]