Editor's Choice: OLAS Guardian wireless kill cord

The kill cord is arguably the most important piece of technology on your boat but the familiar red lanyard, though cost effective, is easy to forget to attach and, once done, means you’re tethered to the helm and can’t move around the boat.The OLAS Guardian, which is designed and assembled in the UK, is the perfect solution to this and sends low energy Bluetooth transmissions from a control box to a wearable transmitter. If that signal is broken by the transmitter entering the water the control box cuts the engine and the MOB can either swim to […] This article Editor's Choice: OLAS Guardian wireless kill cord appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Editor's Choice: OLAS Guardian wireless kill cord

The kill cord is arguably the most important piece of technology on your boat but the familiar red lanyard, though cost effective, is easy to forget to attach and, once done, means you’re tethered to the helm and can’t move around the boat.

The OLAS Guardian, which is designed and assembled in the UK, is the perfect solution to this and sends low energy Bluetooth transmissions from a control box to a wearable transmitter.

If that signal is broken by the transmitter entering the water the control box cuts the engine and the MOB can either swim to the boat and climb back on board and be rescued by other crew members.

After five seconds the system resets so that those on board can start the engine and perform the rescue procedure.

With a signal range of 50ft, the OLAS Guardian gives its wearer the freedom to move around the boat to attach lines and fenders – or dash up on to the quayside – without the engine cutting out, which if you’re boating on your own is particularly useful.

Up to 15 transmitters can be connected to the OLAS Guardian, useful on larger vessels where the skipper may struggle to keep track of where passengers and crew (and pets!) are.

In this instance, via the OLAS Wireless Marine Safety app, the skipper’s tag can be set to kill the engines on contact with water but passengers’ tags activate a MOB alert without cutting power.

The app, available for Apple and Android, adds to the system’s functionality and allows the user to track each tag individually, check their battery status, pause and restart tracking and set up a non-emergency services contact who is alerted by SMS if the wearer’s tag is triggered.

So convinced are we by this product’s abilities, Deputy Editor Jack had one installed to his new boat.

Price: £229

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Editor’s Choice: Baltic Athena lifejacket

We're not planning on going overboard here, but once in a while a new lifejacket comes along that's definitely worth a big shout out – which is exactly the case with the recently-launched Baltic Athena range.The Baltic Athena is the company’s first female-specific lifejacket. As such, it’s a lightweight, slim and supple piece of kit which has been designed both to look good and be comfortable and unrestrictive enough to be worn at all times while onboard. And that’s key, for as Baltic themselves rightly point out, lifejackets only work […] This article Editor’s Choice: Baltic Athena lifejacket appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Editor’s Choice: Baltic Athena lifejacket

We're not planning on going overboard here, but once in a while a new lifejacket comes along that's definitely worth a big shout out – which is exactly the case with the recently-launched Baltic Athena range.

The Baltic Athena is the company’s first female-specific lifejacket. As such, it’s a lightweight, slim and supple piece of kit which has been designed both to look good and be comfortable and unrestrictive enough to be worn at all times while onboard.

And that’s key, for as Baltic themselves rightly point out, lifejackets only work if they’re worn – and their experience is that lifejackets which are comfortable and provide freedom of movement are the ones most likely to succeed on that front.

To further add to its appeal, the Baltic Athena has been ergonomically designed to make it easy to put on without having to pass over the head.

It’s easily secured with a padded Velcro and quick release buckle, and the auto-inflation valve is uniquely positioned on a diagonal axis low down away from the bust to prevent chafing.

Available in a singe size, 40-120 kg, the 165 Newton jacket is fully adjustable and can accommodate a chest width of 70 to 140 cm.

Completing the Baltic Athena’s lengthy list of features are padding for extra comfort, an airy mesh lining and a choice of three colour combinations; white/pink, navy/white and black/grey.

We all know it makes sense to wear a lifejacket, and if you ever happen to slip into the drink (after a drink, perhaps…) you’ll be pleased and relieved that you were wearing yours as you take the plunge.

So we applaud Baltic, who have been manufacturing lifejackets for over 40 years and live by their philosophy that it is impossible to compromise on quality and function, for this new and attractive addition to its range.

Price: £149.99 (inc. VAT)

Buy it now on Baltic.se

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Read YBW’s guide to the best lifejackets on the market.

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