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SAILPROOF - The Rugged Tablet Dedicated to Boating From the Offshore Racing Academy

22nd July 2022
Kenny Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy (left) on the dock with Sailproof's Jean-Michel Waroquier
Kenny Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy (left) on the dock with Sailproof's Jean-Michel Waroquier

As the world of electronics develops further and further and comes more commonplace onboard all boats from dinghies to yachts and small ribs to large powerboats, there becomes a necessity for boat owners to have electronics that can deal with the rigours of the harsh outdoor saltwater environment…

Introducing in collaboration with the Offshore Racing Academy, the Sailproof rugged tablet.

The Sailproof tablet is unique and offers the following features;

  • a high-capacity battery, to last more than a long day’s sailing without any problems,
  • a screen that is REALLY readable in full sunlight,
  • a waterproof casing, at least IP67, and shock-proof,
  • a good quality GPS chip, ideally combining GPS and Glonass and even Galileo,
  • a processor and sufficient memory,
  • a recent Android OS, to avoid planned obsolescence and to take advantage of the latest improvements (especially in terms of battery management),
  • a Wifi + 4G connection to access GRIBS weather and current files,
  • a relatively accessible budget.
  • full specifications here

Kenny Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy has been using and testing the Sailproof in the rigorous Figaro 3 circuit in France over the last two years, in his words, ‘The abuse the Sailproof can take is unbelievable, we have had it mounted on deck for the entire duration of races, enduring intense heat and sunlight and also being fire hosed with saltwater in 40+knots of wind!  There is simply no better product on the market now dedicated for boating!’

The tablet is cheaper than many of its more common rivals and easier to use as there is no clunky case to have to opt in and out of.  With an android operating system, you can download many of your favourite apps such as Navionics or the Raymarine and B and G apps to integrate with your electronics system on board.

Through the Offshore Racing Academy, we are delighted to offer a discount when you order yours here on their website here 

Just enter discount code at checkout ORACADEMY2022 for your discount!

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The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is based on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier on Dublin Bay and in the heart of Ireland's marine leisure capital.

Whether you are looking at beginners start sailing course, a junior course or something more advanced in yacht racing, the INSS prides itself in being able to provide it as Ireland's largest sailing school.

Since its establishment in 1978, INSS says it has provided sailing and powerboat training to approximately 170,000 trainees. The school has a team of full-time instructors and they operate all year round. Lead by the father and son team of Alistair and Kenneth Rumball, the school has a great passion for the sport of sailing and boating and it enjoys nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. 

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