Practical Boat Owner Jan-2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: What are your boating plans for 2019? We’ve got a few: a brandnew seven-part series on yacht design by decade, some thoughts on the psychology of sailing (from a qualified head shrinker) plus gear tests, boat tests, seamanship and more. But before we get to any of that, we have a huge favour to ask: there is a January Sale subscription offer on page 53 (valid immediately!) and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get somebody new to join the club. This month’s brilliant issue is enough to get anyone hooked: David Harding goes to Falmouth for a gathering of the Wharram catamaran clans, Peter Poland scours the UK’s used boat shows and Jake Kavanagh…

3 min
maiden ready to make waves again

Maiden, the first all-female crewed yacht to be sailed in the Whitbread Round the World Race, has started a new voyage which aims to break down barriers. Over the next two years, the crew of the Bruce Farr design yacht will be stopping in 13 countries to promote girls’ education. Maiden has come a long way since being rediscovered abandoned and rotting in the Seychelles. Tracy Edwards, who successfully skippered the 58ft maxi to second overall in her class in the Whitbread, brought the yacht home in April 2017, before 18 months of refit work got underway at Hamble Yacht Services. “The refit was a lot harder than we thought it was going to be,” explained Edwards, who said the initial survey showed that Maiden’s hull was less than one millimetre thick in…

2 min
increased cost for boat owners on ea waterways

From 2019 it will cost boaters more to register their vessels on waterways managed by the Environment Agency (EA). Around 29,000 sailors who use the non-tidal River Thames and Upper Medway and Anglian Waterways, including the Great Ouse System and Stour, will face additional charges. The increase could range from £6 to £100 over two years, depending on the size and type of boat, although specific costs vary by location. The EA, which consulted on the increases, said the rise would bring in an extra £930,000 by 2021. This will help meet the shortfall between the cost of running the waterways and the income currently generated from annual boat registrations. But the move has angered some boaters. The Medway River Users Association worked with the EA on the consultation. Its chairman, Mark Smurthwaite, said many…

1 min
british marine backs london on-water show

British Marine has announced it is partnering with the organisers of the London On-Water Boat Show. It has joined forces with Informa, which runs the Monaco Yacht Show and Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for the 5th London On-Water Boat Show in May 2019. The event, which has previously focused on the luxury market, is held at St Katharine Docks. British Marine has also announced it is to hold a two-day business-to-business event on 26 and 27 March 2019 at Southampton.…

1 min
scrubbing off regulations likely to be relaxed

Licenses to clean lightly fouled hulls in UK waters could be scrapped under new plans by the government. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is currently consulting on proposals to streamline parts of the marine licensing system, including exempting in-water hull cleaning on lightly fouled recreational boats. It is also looking at removing the need for divers to have a license to retrieve marine litter and giving harbour authorities permission to use boats and vehicles to remove all marine litter. Previously they have only been able to remove objects that present an immediate risk of obstruction or danger to navigation. DEFRA said it was reviewing in-water hull cleaning after concerns were raised about the unreasonable cost of haul out for light fouling. It said it was also aware that some…

1 min
end of an era for the finn class

The Finn class, which proved so successful for the likes of Sir Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott and Iain Percy, has been scrapped from the Paris 2024 Olympics. World Sailing said it made the decision, which will take a year to be ratified, because the all-male class failed to meet the Olympics’ gender equality requirements. It has instead adopted the Mixed Two-Person Keelboat class to replace the Finn. The president of the International Finn Association, Balazs Hajdu, said many young sailors had now had their campaign ambitions for 2024 “cruelly shattered.” “We feel the Finn class has become collateral damage in the quest for gender equality and Olympic TV rights income for World Sailing,” he stated. The 2015 National Finn champion, Ben Cornish, told PBO that the decision was “a big disappointment”, especially as the…