Practical Boat Owner May 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

1 min
waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: Waking up to a new season Fool’s spring is what they call it, and rightly so – because although the temperatures were forecast, only a fool would have actually believed it possible to spend an entire day out on the water without feeling the cold even once. In February! The weather has reverted to type now, but the new season is well and truly in my bones. If only someone could convince me that climate change isn’t real… So what does 2019 hold for you? Almost certainly a brand new boat show experience by the looks of things. Beaulieu Boatjumble is cancelled and Beale Park has also fallen by the wayside, so why not strike out for a new…

2 min
consultation on red diesel ban

Boaters are to be consulted in the spring on plans to axe the use of red diesel to propel leisure craft in the UK. The consultation is being held by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which has liaised with the RYA, the Cruising Association, British Marine and the Inland Waterways Association on its plans. In a statement, HMRC said: ‘The consultation will seek information on the impact of this change to help inform how and when it can be introduced.’ The scrapping of red diesel, which only applies to recreational boaters, follows a ruling by the European Court of Justice last October, which found that by allowing leisure vessels to use marked diesel the UK wasn’t complying with the EU Fuel Directive. A similar ruling was also made against Ireland, which has…

1 min
sustainable new alloy cat is largely recycled

A new 40ft catamaran, which has been built using mostly recycled materials, has been unveiled by the Dutch boatbuilder Vaan Yachts. The Vaan R4 has a hull made of 50% recycled aluminium recovered from old window panes, traffic signs and number plates. Other parts have been made using 75% recycled aluminium as a result of Vaan’s partnership with the Norwegian aluminium and renewable energy company, Hydro. Natural materials have been used for the catamaran’s interior, such as the silk alternative lyocell, and a plant-based alternative for leather made of pineapple leaves, cork, linen, and certified wood. Commenting on the R4’s launch, Vaan’s founder Igor Kluin said the yacht industry didn’t have sustainability as its top priority and changing this was long overdue. “Pleasure cruising has to become more sustainable fast because your pleasure should…

2 min
large dunkirk little ships under threat

Concerns have been raised that some of the commercially operated Dunkirk Little Ships could be scrapped as a result of new regulations. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is reviewing the technical requirements of UK domestic passenger vessels to bring them in line with modern safety standards. Apart from new liferaft and lifejacket provision, mandatory fire and bilge alarms and powered pumps for firefighting, requirements are also proposed for all vessels to survive relatively minor damage. To achieve this, boats must meet either the onecompartment damage stability standard through the heel test or meet the buoyancy test standard by having a watertight deck. For some of the Dunkirk Little Ships currently still in service as commercial vessels, this would mean raising the height of the decking to minimise flood risk. Critics believe…

2 min
paul gelder remembered

Paul Gelder, former editor of Yachting Monthly and author of nautical books, has died aged 71, writes former PBO and Yachting Monthly editor Sarah Norbury. Paul Gelder’s articles and books – The Loneliest Race, Total Loss, and Gipsy Moth IV – to name but three – informed a generation of sailors. He joined Yachting Monthly as features editor aged 43 after a career in newspapers. With freedom to write and commission articles about sailing it was, he said, his dream job. A gifted journalist, his stories were beautifully crafted with a dash of wit and a tone perfectly attuned to his readership. Thinking that readers would love to know what it was like to sail with their yachting heroes, Paul decided to find out for them. One memorable voyage was with Sir Robin…

1 min
plymouth yacht haven voted the best

Plymouth Yacht Haven has been voted the best coastal marina in the 250 berths and over category in The Yacht Harbour Association Marina of the Year Awards for 2018/19. Now in its sixth year, the accolades recognise the best of more than 160 Gold Anchor accredited marinas around the world, with the winners voted for by berth holders. The marina director at Plymouth Yacht Haven, Steve Kitchen said their award was a ‘well-earned recognition’ for the team who were ‘determined to continue our policy of continuous improvement and investment in the future’. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour took the Coastal Marina of the Year 2018/19 Award for marinas with under 250 berths. The owner of the Beaulieu Estate and River, Lord Montagu, said he was delighted, and praised the work of harbour master Wendy…