Practical Boat Owner July 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
the project boat is back

with the editor We cover a lot of stories that are remarkable for the fact that the person in question (usually the writer) has managed to achieve something alone, single-handed, that normally requires a team: main news this month starts off with Polish solo circumnavigator Asia Pajkowska; Keith Calton has designed his own nesting tender and has put it into production (page 56); a few issues back we featured Canadian Mike Camp who designed and built his own steel 24-footer. However, this month it’s team spirit that has been delivering the goods editorially, in particular the work of a charity in Gosport called Oarsome Chance (OC). It’s a place that turns lives around, where children as young as 10 years old, who are at risk of being excluded from school, can go…

2 min
sailing first for asia pajkowska

Asia Pajkowska has become the first female Polish skipper to sail solo around the world non-stop and without assistance. The 60-year-old sailor took 216 days to complete the circumnavigation in the 40ft aluminium Dick Zaal-designed yacht FanFan, arriving back at Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina on 28 April to a welcoming crowd. On arrival, Pajkowska said she was looking forward to a shower, warm food and sleep. “I feel fantastic really, it’s a bit overwhelming because I haven’t really been around anyone for seven months or spoken to anyone either,” she told PBO.“The whole trip was an adventure of my lifetime.” This is her second attempt at the record. Her first, which saw her start from Panama, was aborted after a storm forced Pajkowska and her Mantra 28, Asia, to make landfall in Port Elizabeth, South…

1 min
campaign for greener antifouling

Boat owners are being encouraged to use best environmental practice when antifouling their vessels. The Protect, Collect and Dispose campaign is being run by the RYA and British Marine’s joint environment initiative, The Green Blue, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) and The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). It is targeting both DIY antifoul painters as well as professionals. Advice includes using tarpaulin while applying paint, minimising paint dust by using wet sanding techniques and avoiding applying and removing antifoul near rainwater drains. The Green Blue’s campaign manager, Kate Fortnam, said that while antifouling is good at keeping hulls clean and preventing the build-up of marine organisms, and even has some environmental benefits such as improving fuel efficiency and preventing the spread of invasive non-native species, it is toxic to aquatic life. “This isn’t just an…

2 min
uk search and rescue drone trial

A year-long trial testing the use of drones for coastal search and rescue operations in the UK is now underway The Essex Police Drone Unit will be working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the RNLI to see how new technology can help in locating casualties along the coastline and risk assessing incidents before emergency personnel are deployed to the scene. The trial comes a year after the MCA and the RNLI carried out a five-day test of a variety of drones, including those with thermal cameras and fixed wing capabilities, off the St Athan coast in South Wales. Scenarios included an offshore search for multiple casualties in the sea and a shoreline search for a casualty. The MCA has stressed that drones will never replace Coastguard helicopters, rescue teams or…

2 min
golden globe winners crowned

French solo skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has been presented with the Golden Globe Race (GGR) Perpetual Trophy for winning the 2018 edition of the race. The model of Suhaili, made from wood salvaged from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s yacht during her two year refit, was given to the 73-year-old sailor in his home port of Les Sables d’Olonne. He also received £5,000 in prize money, a Ralf Tech winner’s watch and a Suhaili replica to keep. Van den Heede, who finished the race in 211 days aboard his Rustler 36, Matmut, was joined by 16 of his 18 fellow competitors for the prize giving on Easter Monday. Australian entrant Kevin Farebrother was unable to attend as he was mountaineering in Nepal, and Finish skipper Tapio Lehtinen was still sailing towards the…

1 min
calls for better waterways facilities

Inland boaters would like better access to drinking water and a higher frequency of rubbish disposal and portable toilet emptying points along the UK’s waterways. It follows a survey by the Inland Waterways Association, which is now calling on navigation authorities to provide these three basic facilities at intervals of every five hours’ boating time, without additional cost to licence holders. The survey asked boaters to identify areas on the UK’s waterways where facilities are missing or are in poor condition. Hundreds of comments were received, with 84% of responses about water points, rubbish disposal or portable toilet emptying. Just over 87% of responses were about Canal & River Trust (CRT) managed waterways. A spokesman told PBO that the survey results would now contribute to their facilities review, and it would continue to…