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Cruising Helmsman February 2018

Cruising Helmsman is devoted exclusively to all types of cruising under sail. We focus on cruising destinations and how to get the most out of them, provide expert advice for the practical sailor and have a range of real-life accounts from seasoned cruisers and their on-board experiences.

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3 Min.
nature and nuture

YACHTIES by nature, I reckon, are lateral thinkers. You only have to read the Ideas Locker pages every month, this month on pages 34 and 35, to see how inventive yacht owners can be. Is it learnt from necessity or is it part of a yachties DNA? Are sailors natural problem solvers, or vice versa, or have sailors had to become lateral thinkers when a problem has arisen when out at sea? I am often reminded whenever I read IL of the old Royal Navy saying I was once told: “don’t wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it your bloody self.” The reason for this tough DIY adage of course is, when at sea, no-one is magically going to appear and get you out…

3 Min.
citizen science author first paper

FOR four years, all around the world, sailors and other seafarers have been lowering round, 30 centimetre white disks into the sea from the side of their boats to study the ocean’s phytoplankton for a global citizen science project. The disk the seafarers are using is called a Secchi Disk, named after the Pope’s astronomer who invented it in 1865. The first data from this global study has been published in the public library of science One journal (PLOS ONE) (journals.plos.org/ plosone/article?id=10.1371/ journal.pone.0186092) with the Secchi Disk contributing seafarers listed as collective authors. The paper reveals importantly, that seafarers are not only good citizen scientists, but that their measurements of the phytoplankton in the sea may be vital to helping us better understand the oceans’ changing biology. The paper is free…

2 Min.
are you looking at a post-cyclone lemon?

BOAT Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is America’s largest organisation of recreational boaters, with more than a half-million members. It considers itself to be the boat owners’ voice. The organisation constantly informs and educates its membership and its latest newsletter warns its members to be careful when looking at a used yacht to purchase. While many of the more than 63,000 boats damaged as a result of 2017 hurricanes in the United States will be repaired and have more years of life on the water, some used boat buyers in 2018 could end up with storm-damaged lemons. Potential buyers are cautioned that some boats affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are beginning to hit the market, lessons to be learnt are just as useful for Australians as well, in…

1 Min.
best of the web

CHAIN MAIL All cruisers recognise the importance of maintaining a yacht in order to ensure that it remains safe and seaworthy. One of the most important things in keeping a vessel safe, however, is its berthing/ mooring chains and lines. A number of factors affect the service life of a mooring chain. This includes not only physical wear but also galvanic or electrolytic corrosion. Because of these mooring lines and chains corrode at rapid rates. In order to prevent claims arising from vessels breaking mooring, insurance companies recommend both the mooring lines and chains are checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are not corroding or wearing to a point they will fail. Topsail Insurance recommend and Lloyd’s Insurer’s would require, that moorings are professionally installed, serviced annually and certified for size…

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eden breakwater extension underway

A LOT of marine work is beginning to take shape that will impact cruising in the Eden area. The Port of Eden is in the process of transformation with two major construction projects currently underway. They are the ‘Eden breakwater wharf extension project’ and the ‘Safe harbour project’. In the December report, expressions of interest had been announced to build a wave attenuator to provide safe marina berths for yachts. This attenuator is to be built so as not to impact on the breakwater where cruise ships berth. The Port of Eden is an active working port, a premier location for whale watching and fast becoming a popular destination for cruise ship stopovers. The key features of the breakwater wharf extension project comprises extending the existing wharf, deepening the adjacent berth pocket…

1 Min.
better forecasting for the bight

AN ocean mapping system developed in South Australia is to provide real-time ocean forecasts to fishing industry and emergency services, which will also be freely available to sailors in the area. The mapping system, available through the eSA-Marine website, uses real-time satellite data to monitor sea level, wind direction and ocean currents for the entire south coast of Australia. The forecast technology was developed by researchers from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Adelaide. SARDI researcher Professor John Middleton noted that, “each day the Bureau of Meteorology produce a forecast for today and tomorrow and so on. Those forecasts give estimates of wind speeds, directions and also temperature. The bureau provides those forecasts so people can plan ahead. “What we’ve…