Practical Boat Owner December 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: Fantasy fleet action Very few people sail for a living. Driving sailing vessels across the seas for commerce was once a big employer – a mainstay of the economy. Not that there’s anything wrong with leisure sailing, of course! What would life be without passion and pleasure? But could there be a revival of transportation under sail harnessing the technology, money and energy that gets hurled at the America’s Cup every four years? Is there a purpose to the mass-market spectacle that is sail racing? Well, maybe. Artemis Technologies, a spin-off company from the Swedish America’s Cup team that finished 3rd in Bermuda in 2017, has been granted UK government investment for its project to create a 50-knot foiling sail-electric…

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SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Katy Stickland at, tel: 01252 555213 News and current affairs from the world of boating Concerns over plans to retire Admiralty Small Craft Folios The RYA and the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) are raising concerns over proposals to withdraw the supply and maintenance of Admiralty Small Craft Folios. The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has just finished a consultation on its plans. Currently, Small Craft Folios are printed at the UKHO print facility. The UKHO said established paper and digital chart providers in the small craft market would continue to be able to use licensed UKHO data making it available to boaters, and that providers were “better-enabled” to develop future products. “It will also enable the UKHO to invest in improving the data provision including an increase in the…

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new home needed for charity’s sailing fleet

The Trinity Sailing Foundation has announced it is ceasing its current operations and is now looking for a new home for its fleet of three Brixham Trawlers. The Brixham-based charity, which has supported thousands of disadvantaged people for 20 years, has blamed a lack of funding and increasing costs in the upkeep of its historic vessels, Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity for the “regrettable” move. All three vessels were built at Galmpton Creek on the River Dart between 1892 and 1924 and are part of the UK National Historic Fleet. The chairman of the trustees, Nick Reilly, said the move was necessary to prevent future financial problems. “In order not to allow the charity to risk developing a serious financial situation, the trustees have determined that the responsible decision now is to stop ongoing…

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protection for uk seas could be strengthened

The UK Government is considering putting tougher measures in place to protect inshore and offshore waters around the English coast and Northern Irish offshore seas. There are already 91 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the coast of England as part of 220,000 square kilometres of protected seas known as the ‘Blue Belt’. Now a review is under way to examine if Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), the strongest form of marine protection, could be introduced. The review doesn’t affect Scotland or Wales as marine conservation is devolved. A four week call for evidence concluded on 31 October, which gave the public a chance to identify what they expected from HPMAs and suggest which areas would benefit most from extra protection. The RYA’s planning and environmental officer, Duncan Savage, said as a result, there were…

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rnli christmas callouts highest in five years

The number of lifeboat shouts to boaters in distress over the festive season rose to its highest level in five years last Christmas, according to new figures from the RNLI. In 2018, there were 37 call outs to leisure boats between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, compared to 22 in 2017, 29 in 2016, 35 in 2015 and 33 in 2014. The RNLI defines leisure boats as any kind of recreational craft including yachts, powered boats, dinghies, canoes and kayaks. Figures for just powered boats, RIBS, yachts, and dinghies reveal that out of 37 shouts in 2018, 27 were to these type of craft. This figure fell to just eight in 2017, 17 in 2016, 14 in 2015 and 22 in 2014. The RNLI said it was getting busier because more people…

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ineos team uk cup launch

Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS TEAM UK has launched its first America’s Cup race boat. The 22.76m (74.67ft) Britannia has a carbon fibre hull and rig and is estimated to have a top speed of 50 knots. The team will be testing the foiling monohull on the Solent before heading to Sardinia ahead of the first America’s Cup World Series event in Cagliari in April. A second Britannia will be launched in Auckland, New Zealand at the end of 2020, which will be the boat Sir Ben and his team will race in the 2021 America’s Cup. Speaking at the launch, Sir Ben said: “I’m hugely proud of the team’s commitment to design and build our first race-boat. It’s taken a serious amount of hard work and now we can’t wait to…