Posted by: Scanstrut | November 27, 2014

The Blog is Back!

Welcome Back!

First of all we would like to welcome you all back to the Scanstrut Blog! It has been a little while since our last blog, but from now on we will be posting monthly updates aimed at keeping our readers informed about all the latest product updates and new launches, team activities and upcoming plans.

2014 has been a particularly busy year for the Scanstrut & Lifedge Team. Here’s a selection of snaps to highlight what we’ve been up to, including some new faces who have joined the team this year!

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Jessica, Sales & Marketing Assistant at Scanstrut & Lifedge, on METS 2014:

As one of the newest recruits on the Scanstrut/ Lifedge Team, I was very much looking forward to attending METS for the first time. As one of the busiest and best attended shows in the Marine Industry, I had heard it was going to be an intensive 3 days and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

The high footfall and general upbeat atmosphere surrounding the show meant that it was another extremely busy and successful year for the team. I had been told to anticipate a high level of interest in both the Scanstrut & Lifedge ranges, but the sheer volume of people who dropped by the stand to attend meetings, discuss products or chat to the team was incredible, and a little unexpected too!

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Our Electrical Accessories range once more attracted plenty of attention and there was also great interest in our Lifedge and Rokk ranges too. It was good to be able to discuss our plans for the Scanstrut and Lifedge ranges in 2015 and to introduce our customers to our brand new Horizontal and Micro Deck Seals which were on show for the first time. These new additions will be available to ship from January, but please contact your Account Manager for more information or to place a forward order.

A huge thank you to all of our customers for their ongoing support and hard-work, and to everyone who visited our stand over the course of the show; we certainly look forward to doing it all again next year!

Scanstrut Team Attend Ceremony Dinner for Venus Awards Finalist Sam (Scanstrut Finance Manager)

Back in September our Accounts & Finance Manager Sam was nominated for the NatWest Venus Employee of the Year Award by Scanstrut MD Tom in recognition of the fantastic job she does for both the company and team.

Sam breezed through the initial stages to become one of three finalists in her category and on Friday 21st November the Scanstrut Team turned out in force to support Sam at the Awards Ceremony Dinner held at Exeter University. Sam has been a key member of the team for many years now and despite coming second in her category, it was great to see her being recognized for her continued hard work and effort at such a prestigious event.

SAM VENUS

A thoroughly enjoyable evening – well done Sam!

Spot the Scanstrut:

Finally a big thank you to Pulse Marine in Dartmouth, who recently sent us these great installation shots of the Scanstrut 7” Rail Pod.

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SPR-7-RM back

With the recent increase in the popularity of smaller screens on sailboats, the Scanstrut 7” Rail Pod is ideal for installing your displays or standard instruments onto the rail, in a position which suits you. For further information please visit our website at http://www.scanstrut.com

If you have any images of a Scanstrut or Lifedge product in use or would like to send us some product feedback, please email sales@scanstrut.com – we would love to hear from you!

Reviews:

The Lifedge Waterproof iPhone & iPad Cases have been reviewed by a number of magazines, bloggers & retailers throughout 2014. We’re always grateful to our testers and reviewers for their balanced reviews of the Lifedge kit; if you are interested in receiving a sample to test and review please email hello@lifedge.co.uk

Our Top 5 Reviews from 2014 So Far:

  1. Panbo.com
  2. Misadventures.com
  3. Sidetracked
  4. Play3r
  5. Gear Institute

Remember to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn too!

http://www.scanstrut.com

http://www.lifedge.co.uk

Posted by: Scanstrut | February 21, 2013

Lifedge. A year on…

This time last year we were very busy preparing for the launch of our new brand Lifedge.

A year on, hopefully you have all heard of the brand and had a chance to get your hands on the first product in the range, a fully Waterproof iPad Case.

It’s been an exciting year and it has been great to hear how our customers have been using the case to enable them to use their iPad in environments that otherwise would not be possible!

Designed primarily as a case for use on the water by sailors, we have also seen the case used in a number of other ways. Diver planning, a training aid for swimmers, protection for over-zealous children (who are often more acquainted with iPad technology than their parents!), lab technicians, jet-ski riders and mountaineers among others!

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You will find a selection of customer photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Reviews

Our case has been reviewed by a number of online retailers and bloggers – if you are interested to see some of the most balanced and comprehensive reviews please click on the links below:

  1. iMum review – Tech blog for parents
  2. iPad case reviewer
  3. Sailing Today
  4. Out & About Live – Camping website
  5. Outdoor Magic gear reviews

Boat Shows

Attending and exhibiting at a variety of shows this year has given us the chance to meet our customers face to face and hear their reactions to the product and brand.

The case was a highlight of the London and Dusseldorf boat shows, attracting many visitors to the stands which had the Lifedge plinth on display. The display was designed to invite attention and hopefully this is something we have achieved! If you have use for one of these displays, please contact the Sales team.

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Product

We have been working hard to stay current with the updates to the Apple iPad and the newest model of the iPad case will fit the iPad 2, 3 and iPad with retina display (iPad 4).

The long-awaited Scanstrut Rokk mount range will be available at the end of March. Compatible with the Surface Mount Kit, they offer further mounting options for your iPad on board.

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Brand

The ethos behind Lifedge is to inspire people to get outdoors – to go and do more.

If you have any pictures of a Lifedge case in use, have product feedback or even suggestions for future products, please email hello@lifedge.co.uk – we would love to hear from you!

Remember to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

http://www.lifedge.co.uk

Posted by: Scanstrut | February 20, 2013

London Boat Show 2013

Natalie, Sales & Marketing Assistant at Scanstrut, reports back from her visit to London Boat Show…

Being one of Scanstrut’s newest recruits I was really looking forward to the Boat Show season and London certainly didn’t disappoint this year. Considering the weather forecast and the negative feeling surrounding the 2013 show I was pleasantly surprised by the upbeat vibe and high footfall presented to me when I arrived on the opening weekend.

I had the pleasure of assisting one of our dealers, Marine Electronic Services (MES) with promoting and selling our Lifedge case over the course of the show and it was a big success!

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As ever, the Lifedge plinth was an eye-catching display drawing customers of all ages to the stand. The footfall at the show exceeded 90,000, which was excellent considering the snow that threatened to cause havoc towards the end of the week.

After visiting a number of our dealers at their stands it was great to see that Scanstrut and Lifedge were represented well and the brand is continuing to grow in a positive manner.

Sam Taylor-Nobbs, (the Sales & Marketing Director from ICOM UK) said “fantastic Show and fantastic response from customers old and new. Love the new hall, it has an amazing atmosphere. We feel very positive going into 2013. We have had a huge increase in sales on 2012 and have over achieved our expectations. We have signed up for 2014.”

The large motorboats on show were an amazing spectacle inside the Excel centre and they certainly attracted the crowds. I was lucky enough to be invited to showcase the Lifedge case with SailTV by dunking the case into a large pool whilst discussing its main features and benefits – certainly an interesting experience!

The European show season has well and truly begun and everyone at Scanstrut is looking forward to meeting new friends and catching up with old ones!

Like our Facebook page to keep up with the latest boat show news and photos.

Posted by: Scanstrut | February 18, 2013

Sarah gets a Promotion!

Sarah Vosper, sales extraordinaire, friendly face and the best note-taker in the business has been promoted to the role of UK & European Marine Sales Manager here at Scanstrut.

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Sarah’s work experience prior to Scanstrut centered around event planning working in London for a PR firm and more locally, with Riverford Organic Vegetables.

She began her Scanstrut journey three years ago when she joined the team as sales and marketing assistant, but has really grown into her role and is now even known (at times) to give presentations in French to major electronics brands which is a major achievement in anyone’s book!

Her new role will focus on key account management and developing new opportunities within the market. As well as this, Sarah is keen to maximise the distributor-dealer relationship within Europe by ensuring all current customers have all of the tools necessary to effectively promote the Scanstrut brand.

“I am very much looking forward to making more contact with a greater number of our European accounts and being more involved in the running of these markets.”

Although we are only a couple of months into 2013 Sarah has already been to the London and Dusseldorf Boat Shows and is currently back in the office before heading to Stockholm for the annual Scandinavian Boat Show.

Last month in London, Sarah attended the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event organised by the British Marine Federation, which enabled her to make contact with a large number of potential new customers in a relatively short space of time and by all accounts it was a big success.

“I am looking forward to working more closely with a wider group of our customers as well as developing and strengthening the Scanstrut relationships that already exist. I hope that I can improve my languages in the meantime to help me with my ongoing discussions and to help improve relations between us and our dealer/ distributor base.”

Apart from excellent organisational skills, Sarah has brought her positive attitude and fresh ideas to the new role to help build brand awareness for Scanstrut within the marine industry.

I am sure you will join us in wishing Sarah the best of luck in her new role and thanking her for all her hard work and dedication so far!

If you have any questions for Sarah or would like to get in contact, please email her at sarah@scanstrut.com or call the office on +44 (0)1803 863800.

Posted by: Scanstrut | January 23, 2013

MOUNT GPS & VHF ANTENNAS ONBOARD

Our mounting products for radar and satcom antenna are what Scanstrut is best known for. What you may not be aware of is that we have a new range of affordable GPS and VHF antenna mounts.

Designed to offer a solution for customers who want to mount multiple VHF/GPS antenna mounts, but do not have a lot of space available on their deck. The three products in the range include the T-Bar, T-Pole and Rail Mount.

“The GPS Mounts range was designed due to demand from customers looking to mount multiple VHF or GPS antennas on a simple and good value product. The range provides internal cable routing, compact design and simple installation onto any boat.”

Rob Upton, Scanstrut Head of Design & Engineering

T-Bar

The T-Bar can hold up to four GPS/VHF antennas, and can easily be installed onto pushpit rails and decks to provide the perfect installation solution for power and sail boat owners looking for the secure and neat storage of antennas.

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T-Bar

Marine grade 316 stainless steel has been used to create an elegant finish and avoid any corrosion caused from the ongoing exposure to sea water. The aerial bar on the mounting bracket can be rotated during installation to determine the ideal position for the antenna to ensure aerials are always vertical. To ensure a neat appearance once installed, the customer is able to route cables through the mount internally.

Part no: TB-01

T-Pole

The T-Pole is a cost-effective mount for up to 4 GPS/VHF antennas. It is extremely easy to install and ideal for both sail and powerboats.

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T-Pole

It offers a versatile mounting solution with a fully adjustable base the fits onto any surface, sloping or flat. The height can be customised by shortening the 1.5m pole upon installation. The cable routing can be hidden during installation to ensure a neat solution.

Part no: TP-01

Rail Mount

If you are looking to install a single GPS or VHF antenna to the pushpit rail, this is the perfect solution.

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Rail Mount

The Rail Mount can be fitted to rails of 25mm (1”) in diameter and comes with a watertight seal for additional protection against exposure to the sea.  The Rail Mount has been manufactured using stainless steel to ensure durability and an attractive finish. As with all the GPS Mounts Range the Rail Mount allows for internal cable routing to ensure a neat installation.

Part no: RA-01

The products in the GPS Mounts Range are all in stock and available to purchase now – please contact the sales team for more information at sales@scanstrut.com

Posted by: Scanstrut | December 19, 2012

The 2012 Show Season Round Up

It has been a tough year for everyone in the marine industry but the footfall at the shows has been positive and here at Scanstrut we are remaining optimistic for the up-and-coming season.

METS 2012 was once again a big success with visitor attendance totalling 19,617 and an unprecedented 43% of exhibitors already pre-booking stand space for 2013 before the end of the show.

Scanstrut METS 2012 Stand

For Scanstrut METS was a great event, it was great to meet new customers, as well as catching up with old ones.  We were very pleased to introduce the ‘new look’ Rok-Lok and our single instrument Scanpod range – both of which received excellent reviews from our customers.

The introduction of the Scanstrut and Lifedge Dealer Awards was a big success and have only strengthened existing customer relationships. Our stand was consistently busy so we’ve come away from the show feeling positive about 2013!

Furuno France - European Customer of the Year

Furuno France – European Customer of the Year

Both myself and Sarah, who has recently been promoted to the position of Scanstrut European Sales Manager, have been extremely busy visiting all of the major boat shows this season which has given us a good overview about the current state of the industry.

In general, most shows were down on exhibitor numbers and stand sizes. However, the feeling amongst exhibitors was that the enquiries were of a good quality, and that life is returning to the industry. METS continues to perform as an international show – the model of a well-organised, successfully promoted and strongly supported event.

Across the Atlantic, the USA marine market seems to be achieving a cautious recovery and the Annapolis shows were evidently more positive than the previous 2 years – with recorded visitors slightly up on 2011.

Defender Stand at Miami Boat Show

Defender Stand at Miami Boat Show

Over 500 new boat sales were made by BJT at the Paris Boat Show – extraordinary given the current French economy. Looking forward to 2013, London is clearly a show with problems that need to be addressed, but Dusseldorf is becoming increasing influential as a European and International event.

In summary, the general feeling is that the industry is still bumping along at the bottom, but there are very encouraging signs of improvement in both new boat sales and the retro-fit market. They say, when you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails….at Scanstrut, we continue to expand our product ranges, and invest in new product developments.

With the show season well underway, the Scanstrut team will continue to be present at all the major shows, whether exhibiting or attending, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

By Adam Ramsden, Scanstrut Sales Director

Posted by: Scanstrut | December 19, 2012

The Evolution of the Scanpod

The market for marine electronics is constantly changing and over the last year we have seen a trend emerging. Customers are favouring smaller, more compact instruments from the marine electronics brands.

In answer to this, we have introduced a number of new Scanpod’s this year. Read on for an overview of our new launches and what is coming up in 2013…

Multi Instrument Pod

Earlier this year we added a couple of multi instrument pods to our Helm and Deck range. The SPH-4XI-W (Helm) and SPD-4XI-W (Deck). Designed for the easy viewing of 4 x standard instruments or 2 x standard instruments + 7″ screen.

In stock now.

SPD-4XI-W

SPD-4XI-W

7” Display Scanpod

With the introduction of smaller instruments from the likes of Simrad (NSS-7), Raymarine (e7) and Garmin (700 Series) there was a need for a scaled down version of our Deck Pod. The 7” Deck Pod has a smaller adjustable base and packs all the same great features of the full sized pods.

In stock now.

The size of the 7” Pod means that it is too small to fit within a standard pedestal so two new mounting solutions have been designed to fit the Scanpod to the rail.

Available Spring 2013.

SPR-7I-AM

7″ Rail Arm Mounted Scanpod

Compact 8” and 12” Pods

New compact models in the Helm and Deck Pod range are designed to cater for the new slimmer chartplotters. The new Compact Pods minimise front face size and pod depth for the ultimate compact installation.

In stock now.

8" Scanpod

8″ Scanpod

Single Instrument Pods

Introducing the new single instrument Scanpod.  Designed for entry-level electronics such as the Furuno FI-50 STD instruments or the Raymarine i70, the instrument Scanpod is available as a Rail Mounted pod (as shown below) or a Rail Arm Mounted pod (see previous picture).

Available Spring 2013. 

Single Instrument Rail Mount Pod

Single Instrument Rail Mount Pod

Suncovers

Created to protect your Scanpod and instruments, the Scanstrut Suncover is manufactured from high quality, UV stable material and includes a pull cord to tighten which ensures maximum protection. There are sizes to fit all Scanpod models.

In stock now.

Helm Pod Suncover

Helm Pod Suncover

Click here for further information on our Scanpod product range

Posted by: Scanstrut | December 19, 2012

Resident Gold Medallist Heads Down Under

Natalie, our latest addition to the Scanstrut Sales & Marketing team, has just returned from a very successful trip to Australia where she competed in the 2012 World Bowls Championships.

After winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, there were high hopes for another podium finish.  Read on to see how she fared…

“When you think of lawn bowls, there are rarely moments that come to mind that involve anyone under the age of 65. However, at 23, I am somewhat different to the stereotypical bowler and thoroughly enjoy breaking the mould!

The World Championships are the most gruelling of all International events due to the tight schedule and amount of group games that have to be played in order to qualify. We arrived with five full days of practice ahead of us, which initially seemed far too much, but come the end, none of us felt fully prepared for what was to come.

A practice triples match against China

A practice triples match against China

The Worlds are different to other events, in that you are able to play in two disciplines – so actually get two ‘cracks’ at getting a medal – which kicked off with the triples.  We had a really tough group which included Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, who are three Countries that are paid professionally to play bowls full-time so it was always going to be difficult to qualify.

After beating Australia in a really tight game we were in good spirits, but unfortunately on the second to last day we fell short of beating NZ and Malaysia and failed to qualify. It is fair to say that we were absolutely devastated, but we had no time to sulk as the very next day we were onto the next discipline, which for me was the singles.

The view from our apartment balcony

The view from our apartment balcony

Singles is probably my most comfortable discipline. Being completely on your own leaves no room for error or poor performance and there is no one else to blame if something goes wrong! I had a great run of seven wins in a row, but then – the wheels fell off the wagon in a big way. I lost three games in a row and had to win my last game against South Africa to top the group and progress straight through to the semi-final which guaranteed a bronze medal.

The pressure was on, but I remained cool and managed a win, which was quite a relief! However, bypassing the quarter finals meant that I had three days without any competitive games – whereas my opponent, Karen Murphy from Australia, had two. This made a big difference when it came to our game as she was ‘match ready’, whereas I had not played on the greens and was not confident on the pace.

Our match was played on the TV rink which meant that we were both wired up with microphones (we had to remember to switch off for toilet breaks!), had cameras in our faces and were playing to a big crowd.  All of this meant for an interesting experience, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Unfortunately I lost 21-15 but was pleased with my performance and genuinely enjoyed the game. Karen is a legend in the sport and is one of the most successful female bowlers of all time, so it wasn’t a complete failure that I lost. I believe all the filmed matches will be on Sky Sports early next year. Enjoy!”

The four ladies singles medallists - all under 40!

The four ladies singles medallists – all under 40!

Posted by: Scanstrut | August 30, 2012

Jeanne Socrates Completes her World Record!

Jeanne Completes her solo sail around the world via the Southern Ocean’s Five Great Capes

Back in April we gave you an update on Jeanne’s progress. Since then she has been a busy lady completing her journey with several long passages:

  • Cape Town to Hobart (56 days of often-stormy S. Ocean passage)
  • Hobart to Tahiti (37 days – another difficult passage, passing S of New Zealand)
  • Tahiti to Kauai, Hawaii (21 days, crossing the Equator and the ITCZ)

The Londoner actually set a world record on her return earlier this month…. as the oldest woman by far to have sailed solo around the world via the Five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean. She is about to celebrate her 70th birthday and this October she plans to attempt the same but this time non-stop.

Jeanne Socrates

With just over 250 days at sea and sailing over 28,800 miles on this circumnavigation, how has this trip affected Jeanne?

Using her Wi-Fi – which happened to be in the laundry room – we managed to find out the highs and lows of the journey and why these have culminated in her wanting to do it all again!

1. What were the lowest points of the navigation?

There are always low points of any navigation and after the knockdown caused major damage to the boat while hove-to during a storm on 5th January last year, I was forced to stop at Ushuaia for repairs. I wondered whether I was ever going to get away – it was freezing cold and windy – and there was so much damage to put right before I could sail away.

The weather also caused problems in the S. Ocean when huge swell meant I had to heave-to or lie to the Jordan series drogue to stay safe both on my way to Cape Town and also on to Hobart and around New Zealand.

2. Despite this, what were the stand-out moments?

There were so many ‘stand-out’ moments, including the albatross, which were near the boat for weeks – particularly in bad weather. The sunsets and sunrises were also spectacular, especially around the last two of the Five Great Capes.

The wildlife was magnificent and dolphins often came over to greet me when nearing the Capes and little storm petrels, feet in the water, flitting close to the sea always.

3. What was your most important piece of kit?

Definitely my pressure cooker! It allowed me to cook up big, thick, warming stews – which were especially good when a storm was expected.

4. The navigation is so challenging – both physically and mentally. What makes it all worthwhile?

It is difficult to explain the exhilaration and sense of awe at times, when you’re in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from land, with those large albatross soaring nearby so majestically – day in, day out, staying near the boat….especially in bad weather. When the seas build, more birds seem to appear and they really impress with their flight, using the uplift off the waves.

It has become a bit of an addiction. Not many people have managed the challenge – boat gear breakages posing the main problem, but the privilege of being out there, in the wild ocean, watching scenes of such natural beauty and being a part of it is what spurs me on to continue with my attempts.

Jeanne – who hails from London, is sailing on “Nereida” (a 38ft cutter-rigged Najad 380) and has been trying, through her solo sailing, to raise donations in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care – a charity that supplies specially trained nurses free of charge, to enable the terminally ill to spend their last days in their own home.

Nereida

This amazing lady is not even coming up for air before she sets off again in October due to all the necessary repairs needed on Nereida. Her story is one of determination and sheer will power – something we are very impressed by. We are sure you will join us on wishing Jeanne the best of luck on her next attempt – we will be watching closely!

Out sailing……

 

Her website, with regular news and position updates posted by her while on passage, is:

 

http://www.svnereida.com

Posted by: Scanstrut | August 3, 2012

Scanstrut Strengthens Team

Here at Scanstrut, great products and exciting design put big smiles on our faces.

The design team is rapidly evolving with the hiring of Will Hitchcock, new Product Design Engineer and we have welcomed him with open arms (after a quick desk shift around).

As well as a new designer –  the promotion of Nick Robson to the newly created role of Operations Manager will ensure our products reach all corners of the world swiftly and effectively!

An award-winning Product Design Engineer – Will Hitchcock will design for both Scanstrut and the recently launched Lifedge brand.

Will Hitchcock

Will’s previous experience includes design engineering and product development roles with Dyson Appliances Ltd and Herman Miller International. Will has also worked closely with an international supplier base and leading design agencies including Yves Behar. He has been responsible for project ownership, from concept to production and is already pen in hand, scribbling away!

As the new Operations Manager at Scanstrut, Nick Robson will be responsible for continual improvements in customer service, stock management and logistics, as the business develops, grows and becomes more complex.

Nick taking part in the 2011 ARC Race

To help further enhance the experience for Scanstrut and Lifedge customers Nick will provide a critical link between sales, marketing, product design and logistics’ operations.  Specifically he will focus on key operations such as faster deliveries and delivering high quality product to more customers around the world.

We are very excited here in the office (especially as Will makes an exceptional cup of tea) and thought we would share our good news…….

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