Practical Boat Owner March 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 All in a good cause Some say that in a perfect world there would be no need for charity, volunteers, fundraising etc. If so, we live in a world that is sliding further and further from perfection, because the number of good causes competing for attention continues to expand. This month’s lead news story features the charity Around and Around, which runs Sir Alec Rose’s ketch Lively Lady as a sail training yacht. Still on the news pages the steamship Waverley has been saved by last-ditch donations again, and we celebrate a pair of RNLI volunteers who have served 100 years between them in the north-east of England. But the RNLI is an inspiration to people in other ways as well. Sean Chambers is an illustrator who is hoping to raise…

2 min
mystery over lively lady scrolls

The hunt is on to find the author of two 100ft handwritten scrolls celebrating the life of Sir Alec Rose and his groundbreaking 1968 circumnavigation on his ketch Lively Lady. Sir Alec’s family passed the documents to Alan Priddy, principal of the charity Around and Around, which is the custodian of the 36ft yacht. The University of Portsmouth is digitising the scrolls, which are believed to be around 50 years old. The documents are so large that each section has to be photographed and scanned. It is hoped they can be used to raise money to secure Sir Alec’s legacy. Ideas such as turning copies into wallpaper for yacht clubs and a stage show are all being considered. “We don’t know who made this remarkable document but clearly the person interviewed Sir Alec…

1 min
offshore wind farm plans under scrutiny in scotland

The Scottish Government has outlined proposals for up to 17 new commercial-scale offshore wind farms. It has launched a consultation into its draft Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy, which will inform the next round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters. Scotland currently has six operational offshore wind farms with a further eight, including two floating wind farms, having been given consent. Most are located in the Moray Firth and east Scotland. The draft marine plan lists 17 new sites including off the Isle of Whithorn, Islay, Lewis and Orkney. A further eight are planned in the north east and three off east Scotland. The report highlights that some of the proposed wind farms could impact on navigational safety for shipping, marine and coastal recreation and access, water quality and the…

1 min
changes published to the hire boat code

A new set of regulations governing how hire boats on Britain’s inland waterways are managed and built has been published. The consultation on the revised Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats – better known as the ‘Hire Boat Code’ – is open until 9 March. The existing voluntary code is to be replaced by a new mandatory one. There are also changes to the responsibilities for hire boat operators, hirers and hire boat licensing authorities of sailing boats over 6m LOA and powered boats of all lengths. These include limiting the use of pontoon and open boats under 4m due to stability concerns, making sure hirers are aware of relevant safety information such as weather and navigational hazards, and the introduction of a reporting process to record incidents or…

2 min
red funnel captain cleared

The captain of the Red Funnel ferry, Red Falcon has been acquitted of two maritime offences after the vessel collided with a 32ft motor yacht in the Thorn Channel in the Solent. Capt Ian Drummond, from Southampton, was cleared of failing to keep a lookout and misconduct of master likely to endanger ships, structures or individuals under the Merchant Shipping Act. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency brought the prosecution. The incident happened on 29 September 2018. No one was injured, but the Doral motor cruiser Phoenix was pinned against the ferry’s starboard bow and seriously damaged. Capt Drummond had been sitting in the lookout chair on the ferry’s bridge at the time of the collision, where he could use CCTV monitors to gain an overall view around the ferry. According to the Marine…

1 min
shortage of young people entering marine industry

The first national marine industry salary survey has revealed a lack of young people in the marine industry. The UK-wide survey was devised by marine recruitment firm Marine Resources and received 4,665 responses, with just over 58% from the leisure marine sector. Around 10% of respondents worked within the superyacht market, while the rest were employed in the commercial sectors. Employees were asked questions about pay, their job and opinions of working within the marine industry. Just 2.97% of those surveyed were aged under 25 compared with a reasonably even split across the other age brackets. To attract younger people to the industry British Marine has developed four apprenticeship standards in the last decade covering boatbuilding, marine engineering, marinas and boatyard operatives and marine electrical trades. British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson said currently there…