Practical Boat Owner January 2020

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 Maybe it is rocket science… We are probably all guilty of thinking in cliches and when I first saw the photo below, I thought: ‘Sailing; it’s not rocket science, is it!’ It’s the obvious conclusion: the rocket is bristling with next generation electronics, mechanics and materials, while the boat bobs gently using satellite positioning and micro-circuitry to assist the ancient arts of floating and moving under sail. But I was reminded of the scene in the 1995 film Apollo 13 when Mission Control in Houston were suddenly called upon to construct a carbon dioxide filter from the materials the astronauts actually had on board the vessel: spare socks, duct tape and some plastic tubing did the job. Even rocket science relies on DIY drama from time to time! On page 50, Roger…

2 min
call for yacht defects database

An International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) campaign to establish a database of known boat defects has been criticised by some surveyors. The IIMS believes a database would help the surveying profession at large. It has also written an open letter to the worldwide yacht and boat manufacturing industry calling on it to be more open about latent defects. IIMS CEO Mike Schwarz and vice-president Geoff Waddington said that while some manufacturers acted correctly, providing repair teams to rectify problems, others took ‘a damage limitation attitude and approach, which is not good enough when the safety of life is potentially being put at risk’. “This is not a witch-hunt against yacht- and boatbuilders and equipment suppliers, rather an attempt to give the small craft surveyor some vital additional information as part of their…

1 min
maiden to race in retro ‘whitbread’

Tracy Edwards has confirmed that Maiden will be competing in the retro Whitbread event, the Ocean Globe Race. The British skipper made history when she entered the 58ft maxi in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all female crew, winning two legs and coming second overall in class. “With so many yachts from previous Whitbread races being rescued and restored, as has Maiden of course, it seems only fitting that we should race them around the world again. COUNT US IN!” Edwards told organisers. The Ocean Globe Race will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread. It is scheduled to start in Europe in September 2023 and will have four legs taking in the Southern Ocean and the three great capes. Don McIntyre, who ran the 2018 Golden Globe Race,…

2 min
maib wants mandatory guidance on keel maintenance

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is recommending that yacht manufacturers provide mandatory guidance on the inspection and maintenance of keels. Under existing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) protocol this is a recommendation rather than a requirement. It comes following the publication of the MAIB’s report into the capsize of the skippered charter yacht, Tyger of London off Tenerife on 7 December 2017. The UK-registered Comar Comet 45 Sport yacht lost its keel. The MAIB investigation found that the keel had not been manufactured in accordance with the yacht’s design intent. Specifically, the stainless steel keel rods forming the frame and their interconnecting plates had been only partially welded to the underside of the top plate, resulting in the joins progressively failing over time. The weakest part of the keel structure…

1 min
scotland’s boat show success

More than 13,000 people visited the bigger than ever Scotland’s Boat Show which ran from 11-13 October at Inverclyde’s Kip Marina. Michael Schmidt & Partners reported more than ten boats sold, as well as ‘a host of strong enquiries to follow up afterwards’. Miles Stratton of Inspiration Marine said it had a “high level of interest in our new Hanses and our latest addition Ballistic RIBS. For us it was a roaring success and we are already looking forward to next year’s show.” As in previous years, visitors could experience boat handling with free on the water training sessions run by RYA Scotland. On shore the Cruising Association (CA) returned as sponsor of the CA Stage providing a popular schedule of talks and presentations, while exhibitors showcased the latest trends and development in boat…

1 min
river management consultation opens

Boaters are being asked for their views on the management of rivers in England. The Environment Agency’s (EA) ‘Challenges and Choices’ consultation will run for six months, ending on 24 April 2020, and will examine how to strike a balance between industry, nature and the water needs of the UK’s growing population in the face of climate change. According to the EA, in the last 100 years, 90% of the UK’s wetlands have been lost, while over 10% of freshwater and wetland species are threatened with extinction. As part of the consultation, issues like river flow, climate change and biodiversity, chemicals or pollution in the water environment, invasive non-native species (plants and animals), the physical modifications to river habitats, and the ways of working will all be given consideration. Details of the consultation can…