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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner January 2020

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Practical Boat Owner is Britain's biggest-selling boating magazine, trusted and respected by all its readers. A source of useful and helpful information for both power and sail boat owners, PBO helps you get the most from your boat acting as a forum for interacting with like-minded individuals.

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1 min.
practical boat owner

CONTACT PBO EDITORIAL By email: pbo@ti-media.com Via our website: www.pbo.co.uk By post: PBO, TI Media Limited, Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 7BF By phone tel: +44 (0)1252 555176 Editor Rob Melotti Features Editors Laura Hodgetts Alison Wood News Editor Katy Stickland Chief Sub-editor Julian Peckham Art Editor Robert Owen Group Art Editor Neil Singleton Group Art Director Kevin Eason Senior Production Manager Peter Wesson Group Production Manager Becky Singleton Group Editor Marine Elaine Bunting Managing Director Kirsty Setchell Group Managing Director Adrian Hughes CONTRIBUTORS Fay Armstong-Boyes, Erin Carey, Nick Cowan, Tony Davies, Zoran Glozinic, Michael Goodlad, Rupert Holmes, Roger Hughes, Keith Ireland, Jim Mottram, Peter Poland, Ben Sutcliffe-Davies, DISPLAY ADVERTISING Head of Market Michael Beattie 07803 722007 Email: michael.beattie@ti-media.com Ad production Peter Burton peter.burton@ti-media.com CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Account Manager Chris Wilson 07989 428596 Email: chris.wilson@ti-media.com Account Manager Bella Yoloff 07950 189102 Email: bella.yoloff@ti-media.com Account Director Bess Cullis 07970 636444 Email: bess.cullis@ti-media.com NEWSAGENTS – TO STOCK PBO Contact Betty Wilkinson Email: betty.wilkinson@marketforce.co.uk PRIVATE…

2 min.
waiting for the tide

with the editor Maybe it is rocket science… We are probably all guilty of thinking in cliches and when I first saw the photo below, I thought: ‘Sailing; it’s not rocket science, is it!’ It’s the obvious conclusion: the rocket is bristling with next generation electronics, mechanics and materials, while the boat bobs gently using satellite positioning and micro-circuitry to assist the ancient arts of floating and moving under sail. But I was reminded of the scene in the 1995 film Apollo 13 when Mission Control in Houston were suddenly called upon to construct a carbon dioxide filter from the materials the astronauts actually had on board the vessel: spare socks, duct tape and some plastic tubing did the job. Even rocket science relies on DIY drama from time to time! On page 50, Roger…

2 min.
call for yacht defects database

An International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) campaign to establish a database of known boat defects has been criticised by some surveyors. The IIMS believes a database would help the surveying profession at large. It has also written an open letter to the worldwide yacht and boat manufacturing industry calling on it to be more open about latent defects. IIMS CEO Mike Schwarz and vice-president Geoff Waddington said that while some manufacturers acted correctly, providing repair teams to rectify problems, others took ‘a damage limitation attitude and approach, which is not good enough when the safety of life is potentially being put at risk’. “This is not a witch-hunt against yacht- and boatbuilders and equipment suppliers, rather an attempt to give the small craft surveyor some vital additional information as part of their…

1 min.
maiden to race in retro ‘whitbread’

Tracy Edwards has confirmed that Maiden will be competing in the retro Whitbread event, the Ocean Globe Race. The British skipper made history when she entered the 58ft maxi in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all female crew, winning two legs and coming second overall in class. “With so many yachts from previous Whitbread races being rescued and restored, as has Maiden of course, it seems only fitting that we should race them around the world again. COUNT US IN!” Edwards told organisers. The Ocean Globe Race will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread. It is scheduled to start in Europe in September 2023 and will have four legs taking in the Southern Ocean and the three great capes. Don McIntyre, who ran the 2018 Golden Globe Race,…

2 min.
maib wants mandatory guidance on keel maintenance

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is recommending that yacht manufacturers provide mandatory guidance on the inspection and maintenance of keels. Under existing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) protocol this is a recommendation rather than a requirement. It comes following the publication of the MAIB’s report into the capsize of the skippered charter yacht, Tyger of London off Tenerife on 7 December 2017. The UK-registered Comar Comet 45 Sport yacht lost its keel. The MAIB investigation found that the keel had not been manufactured in accordance with the yacht’s design intent. Specifically, the stainless steel keel rods forming the frame and their interconnecting plates had been only partially welded to the underside of the top plate, resulting in the joins progressively failing over time. The weakest part of the keel structure…

1 min.
scotland’s boat show success

More than 13,000 people visited the bigger than ever Scotland’s Boat Show which ran from 11-13 October at Inverclyde’s Kip Marina. Michael Schmidt & Partners reported more than ten boats sold, as well as ‘a host of strong enquiries to follow up afterwards’. Miles Stratton of Inspiration Marine said it had a “high level of interest in our new Hanses and our latest addition Ballistic RIBS. For us it was a roaring success and we are already looking forward to next year’s show.” As in previous years, visitors could experience boat handling with free on the water training sessions run by RYA Scotland. On shore the Cruising Association (CA) returned as sponsor of the CA Stage providing a popular schedule of talks and presentations, while exhibitors showcased the latest trends and development in boat…