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Polar Ocean Boat on icePolar Ocean Challenge Sponsorship

We loaned a Schenker Smart 30 watermaker to David Hempleman Adams on his recent polar expedition. Click here to visit the website for polar ocean challenge




Superwind EditorialSailing Today Superwind Editorial December 2013

Read the Sailing Today magazine's editorial by Duncan Kent detailing comprehensive testing of 9 different wind turbines to see which performs best. The Superwind 350 was given a 5 star verdict. You can download the article in PDF format from our Superwind Press Articles page below: Click here to visit the Superwind Press Articles page

Project TorpedaloProject Torpedalo

Mark & Mike pedal 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to raise £250,000 for charity. Mactra Marine have sponsored Project Torpedalo with a Schenker Smart 30 for the crossing which is due to start at the end of this year.

Talisker Whisky Atlantic RowThe Talisker Whisky Atlantic Row

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Row started on the 6/12/11, 17 boats set out for the passage and now we are down to 11. The first 6 have finished and 5 of them had Mactra Marine Equipment on board. The 3rd Boat to finish was Atlantic 4 who have been sponsored by us with a Schenker Smart 30 for the crossing. The winner of the Race Toby & Nick on Box No. 8 used their Kataydn 40E for the crossing. And following closely the 2nd Boat in was Andrew Brown on JJ with a Schenker Smart 30 onboard. For all the details on the race as all the boats come in visit:

Solo Atlantic RowSolo Atlantic Row 2011

John Beeden set of on his unsupported Atlantic Row on the 23rd November 2011 kitted out with a Schenker Smart 30 for his Atlantic adventure ahead. 'Jim and Ann MacDonald arrived from Mactra Marine to check out and give me the low down on my water maker. Turns out it had a small leak and Jim spent an hour sweating in my small cabin scrapping his knuckles to get it fixed. Truly above and beyond Jim, many thanks for proving there are still real businesses out there that provide outstanding service. There is only one company I will ever recommend for the type of work you do and you’re it. Anne very kindly blessed the boat for us and she sprinkled some Champagne on the boat (and me), thanks Ann. Add that to the shooting stars and the omens are looking good.' After 53 days at sea John completed his crossing. To see full details and read John's Blog go to

Indian Runner 3100The Indian Ocean Rowing Race Back in 2011

Mactra sponsored Indian Runner 3100 with a Schenker Smart 30 for there 75 day long trip. The two boat race consisted of a 2 man team and the 4 man team Indian Runner 4.

Jock Wishart and the Ice BoatWorld's First 'Ice Boat' Unveiled Ahead of Record Breaking Arctic Adventure!

British adventurer Jock Wishart, who is sponsored by Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, unveiled a specially designed 'ice boat' in December 2010 which will be rowed in a pioneering arctic expedition - The Old Pulteney Row to the Pole. The bespoke boat has been constructed to withstand some of the harshest conditions on earth... read more on the World's First 'Ice Boat' Unveiled Ahead of Record Breaking Arctic Adventure

84 year old ocean rower Anthony SmithAdventurer, 84, to cross Atlantic on raft

Mactra Marine have loaned Anthony Smith A Katadyn 35 Survivor hand operated watermaker as a backup for this crossing. Anthony Smith, an 84-year-old adventurer who walks with a stick, is preparing to cross the Atlantic with his three crew on a raft made of plastic gas pipes... read more on Anthony Smith and his Atlantic crossing

WoodVale Atlantic Allum Cup 2011The Atlantic Allum Cup 2011

In celebration of the first ever pairs row across the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Woodvale Challenge are pleased to announce a new racing event "The Atlantic Allum Cup". On January 12 1971 the Allum cousins left Las Palmas headed for America. A drinking water shortage meant that the cousins had to cut their row short and Geoff and Don Allum arrived at Harrison Point, Barbados 73 days after setting off.. read more in the Atlantic Allum Cup 2011

Special Deals for Ocean Rowers and Racers

Mactra Marine Equipment offer special deals to ocean rowers taking part in Woodvale Challenge events read more about special deals for ocean rowers and racers

Sarah Outen soloing the Indian OceanSarah Outen soloing the Indian Ocean

124 days using a Katadyn 40E 12V watermaker supplied by Mactra Marine.
"This ocean rowing lark is a bit niche market - more folks have climbed Everest than have rowed across oceans. Just two men had made successful solo crossings before I set out and, in a twelve strong fleet of ..." read more on Sarah Outen soloing the Indian Ocean

Solo Rower Charlie Pitcher and Jim Macdonald from Mactra Marine EquipmentCharlie Pitcher Was the Winner of the WoodVale Atlantic Challenge 2009.

A solo entrant he finished in first place in a time of 56 days! Charlie beat other solo rowers, pairs and fours to win the event... read more on Charlie Pitcher - winner of the WoodVale Atlantic Challenge 2009

16th to 20th November 2009

Jim & Ann MacDonald will present in Las Palmas Marina with two Schenker Factory technicians to check all Schenker watermaker installations on boats leaving on the 2009 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). The ARC fleet of over 200 yachts leaves for St Lucia on Sunday 22nd November. This service is free of Charge and part of Mactra Marine Equipment and Schenker Watermakers commitment to customer service.

20th to 23rd November 2009

Jim and Ann MacDonald will be in San Sebastian La Gomera offering technical support to users of Both Schenker and Katadyn watermakers participating in the 2009 Woodvale Atlantic Challenge 2009. Mactra have supplied a lot of watermakers to participants in this event and this service is provided Free of Charge as part of their support to the rowers before they row across the Atlantic to Antigua in December 2009.

Mactra Marine Sponsor Charlie Picher

Mactra are also sponsoring solo Rower Charlie Picher in his attempt to row the Atlantic Solo. All at Mactra wish him well in his attempt.

Mactra Marine Equipment Events


Crick Boat Show 2018 IconCANCELLED - BOATS2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd

BOATS2020 is an event not to be missed this summer! With the opportunity for serious boat buyers and enthusiasts to see the latest models, debuts and equipment available, you'll discover an impressive line-up of over 90 boats. The boats are compliments by over 60 landside exhibitors bringing up to date marine products and equipment. Come and meet the Mactra Marine team at the BOATS 2020 boat show at Mayflower Park, Southampton, UK.

Dates: 11th to 20th September 2020 - EVENT CANCELLED
Area/Stand: B010


British Marine Showcase 2019 26 27 March IconBritish Marine Showcase 2019

We were at the 2019 British Marine Showcase, Southampton, UK.
Dates: 26th & 27th March 2019
Area/Stand: A08


Boat couple sea oceanLondon Boat Show 2017

We were at the London Boat Show 2017 between 6th and 17th January at the London Excel on stand E041.

We have had watermakers in the following events:

The Big 5 Kayake Challenge

The Big 5 Kayak Challenge

The Big 5 Kayak Challenge is about a small team taking on 5 distinct and unique expeditions, paddling some of the most challenging water on the planet. They are also supporting some great causes. The Inside Passage - Vancouver to Alaska - 1000 miles, avoiding orcas and bears.

Ostar 2009

Ostar 2009 Plymouth to Newport Rhode Island USA Single-handed race.

Woodvale Indian Ocean Challenge

Woodvale Indian Ocean Challenge Rowing race from Australia to Mauritius.

Sarah Outen's solo attempt to row the Indian Ocean

Sarah Outen's solo attempt to row the Indian Ocean single-handed as the youngest single woman

0Steve white - Vendee Globe

All at Mactra Marine (suppliers of Steve's Katadyn Watermaker) wished Steve White all the best for the Vendee Globe (the race has finished). The Vendee Globe is a 27,000 mile non stop, single handed round the world sailing race. Steve White and Spirit of Weymouth gathered in France prior to the start of the Vendee Globe they were among few sailors prepared to undertake the rigors of a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Please visit to read more.

Mactra Marine supported Aldo Diana in his Atlantic crossing


Mactra Marine supported Aldo Diana with the loan of a Schenker Smart 30 Watermaker and a Katadyn 35 Survivor emergency watermaker for his single-handed 3000 mile rowing attempt across the Atlantic in a wooden rowing boat. For more information on Aldo and his rowing mission to raise funds for the charity RAFT (a charity that restores the lives of people who have been disfigured).

Pan Atlantic Team Atlantic rowing Race 2007 Results

Congratulations to the Pan Atlantic Team for successfully completing the Atlantic Rowing Race 2007 - Sixth Place. Komale crewed by James Burge and Niall McCann (UK), finished Tuesday 5th February 14:05 GMT - crossing time 63 days, 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Mactra Marine Equipment Sponsor Pan Atlantic Team

Mactra Marine are loaned watermakers (1 x Schenker Smart 30 and 1 x Katadyn Survivor 35 ) to the Pan Atlantic team who rowed the Atlantic Rowing Race 2007 more about the Pan Atlantic team and their story

Jim and family - Spirit of ARC 2003Spirit of ARC" 2003 award

We (Jim Macdonald & his family) completed an Atlantic Circuit with our two children in 2003 / 2004. We went through the process of preparing our own Westerly 33 Ketch for ocean sailing.

Photo © Tim Wright 2003
Jim (back left) and family receiving the "Spirit of ARC" 2003 award.




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Last updated: 23rd August 2021
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Unit 13, Worle Industrial Centre, Worle,
Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England BS22 6BX
Tel: +44 (0) 1934 517288
Facebook Mactra Marine Equipment on Twitter
Proud member of British Marine - leading the industry World Cruising Club Corporate Member

Last updated: 23rd August 2021
© Mactra Marine Equipment Ltd