Press Releases and Articles

Furling Systems

Furling systems are no longer just for cruisers: racing boats can now take advantage of reduced workloads without sacrificing sail power.

Empower Your Boat

How to air-condition your boat without needing a generator. Victron Batteries and Inverters, Ampair wind-generators, Solara sun-power panels, Webasto air-conditioners and Balmar Alternators.

Victron Quattro 3000

The Quattro is a unique energy system for boats. Both shore power and a generator can be connected at the same time without a separate transfer switch.

Rocna Marine Anchors



The International Telecommunications Union has a facility to search for details of registered EPIRBs and the vessels to which they are registered.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council Article

Hong Kong's Trade Development Council interviewed Simon Boyde, Technical Director of Storm Force Marine about how he founded the company.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 1

Upgrade your sailing yacht or buy new? Simon Boyde takes you through the options.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 2

Upgrade it is. Major issues: weight and the sail plan. The boat is overweight and over-powered. Here's how we trim it off.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 3

The underwater stuff. Re-aligning a slightly-bent keel, and new, deeper rudder and a new steering system.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 4

The steering is installed and we rip off the lovely, heavy, retro-fitted teak deck.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 5

We lighten the cabin by removing plywood and never-used lockers and sofas and using honey-comb glass fibre boards instead of marine ply. We even install a lighter head.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 6

Electrical - phased installation and replacing end-to-end power cabling with a distributed cabling system and computerised signalling to save even more weight - and cost.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 8

The Telecommunications equipment installed: VHF, MF/HF, AIS, EPIRB, SART, SAT C, NAVTEX and good, old-fashioned RADAR. And if you don't know what this stuff means, read on.

Upgrade Your Boat - Part 7

Telecommunications. Cave Canem is dragged into the 21st Century and plans to install equipment that might actually be useful in an emergency.


The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System is a system of terrestrial and satellite communications to enable fast response to distress situations at sea from shore-based resources. Simon Boyde explains why you need this.