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Cruising Helmsman February 2019

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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what is it about tasmania?

THE month of February this year brings Tasmania’s My State Wooden Boat Festival. The largest boat festival in Australia and possibly the largest wooden boat festival in the world. Incredible stats. What started out as a great idea to honour, enjoy and share the wooden boats of Tasmania back in November 1994 by boating enthusiasts and friends, Cathy Hawkins, Ian Johnston and Andy Gamlin, it has grown to become a major attraction for the state bringing in over 500 wooden craft and over 200,000 visitors every two years. From the outset it was always much more than a chance to show off and gawk at wooden boats: seminars, lectures, demonstrations, competitions combine with the showcasing of Tasmania’s wondrous food establishments, along with stalls selling all manner of maritime goods and services. It also…

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new rules for nz yachts

MARITIME New Zealand has legislated tighter rules on NZ-registered yachts, following the disastrous Platino incident in 2016. Platino was a 20 metre sailing yacht built in 1997-98 to Ron Holland design and extensively refitted in 2015. It was certified to Category 1 standard by Yachting NZ. The yacht, with five crew, was sailing from Auckland, bound for Fiji after purposefully missing the start of the Auckland to Denarau yacht race due to concerns over predicted unfavourable weather conditions. The yacht was purchased by the owners in February 2014 and underwent a reported NZ$4 million “no expense spared” refit. The owners had limited experience sailing the yacht, but all five crew had extensive offshore sailing experience. The refit was to a Category 1 ocean racing standard but the investigation into the incident concluded that…

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row a boat at awbf

ONE of the American wooden boats visiting this month’s MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival is Spirit, a monohull, six-oared pilot gig. Spirit is almost ten metres long and built of oak and cedar. She was designed by John Gardner and built by the Apprenticeshop, a facility dedicated to wooden boatbuilding and seamanship situated in Rockland Maine, USA. Launched in 2017, Spirit is similar to over 200 pilot gigs currently used for recreation and racing in the southwest of England. The pilot gig design was gradually developed over 200 years. The early boats of this design were created to be the fastest boats in which to ferry a pilot out to incoming sailing vessels arriving from across the Atlantic. Spirit is one of ten similar gigs operating within a 15 mile radius of…

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sleep with a lady

IF YOU are struggling to find reasonable accommodation during Tasmania’s MyState Wooden Boat Festival you can stay onboard the Lady Nelson. The Lady Nelson will be berthed at Elizabeth Street pier, right in the centre of all the attractions, bars restaurants and all the action. This accommodation will suit people who like and are used to being on boats with other people. You will not only be located in a prime position but also supporting the Lady Nelson. There are only a few spots onboard and the accommodation will be available from Friday afternoon the 8th of Feb through to Tuesday morning. It is $70 per night and starts directly after the ship appears in the parade of sail on Friday afternoon. There are three cabins to share with other people. You will need…

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science entrepreneurs aim to end ghostfishing

A SMALL device, developed in Norway, will now be used in the battle against environmentally-unfriendly ghost fishing caused by lost or forgotten fishing gear. Fishing nets have long lifetimes and can cause major damage to marine life if they are abandoned at sea. There are examples of lost nets that have continued to trap fish for periods of up to 30 years. Ghost fishing by lost or forgotten pots kills thousands of lobsters and crabs every year. However, it was an award-winning underwater photo of an unfortunate marine turtle, completely entangled in green net mesh, that shocked Tone Berg, a SINTEF researcher in Norway and now entrepreneur, into getting to grips with the problem. “My first thought was that if anyone could take the initiative here it would be my own institute,…

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duflex website full of information

ATL Composites launched its updated website specifically dedicated to Duflex composite panels: www.duflex.com.au. The site includes information on the panel options available in the range, basic applications techniques, downloadable data sheets and projects. Duf lex composite panels were developed by ATL in the early 1990’s to reduce construction time and optimise structural weight in the production of lightweight composite structures. Time consuming laminating, coring and vacuum bagging steps normally required to fabricate composites are avoided and material waste, labour and tooling costs are greatly reduced. Over the years, Duflex has become widely accepted in the marine industry. Hundreds of projects have incorporated the system, both in Australia and internationally, where there is demand for lighter, stronger, stiffer, durable structures. Complex forms can be created relatively easily, broadening design freedom and offering rapid…