Practical Boat Owner April 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

1 min
waiting for the tide

with the editor Diesels are on the way out? Sam Llewellyn went to Düsseldorf Boat Show in January and reports back in his column this month. Among his many observations, he writes: ‘Diesels are on the way out and there is electricity everywhere.’ Now, a quick look at the show’s website indicates quite a number of diesel powerhouses in attendance: Yanmar, Nanni, Volvo, Cummins and Bukh – plus the petrol heads Honda, Suzuki, Mercury, Selva, BRP/Evinrude and Yamaha. But almost all of these firms now emphasise technological evolution; despite hanging in there with fossil fuels, the emphasis is on highlighting efficiency, low emissions and reduced noise. So times have changed, but let’s be honest: the internal combustion is not really under threat… yet. For large sailing vessels with big budgets, the electric auxiliary is most certainly…

2 min
record making solo skipper takes occ’s highest award

Randall Reeves’s solo Figure 8 voyage, circumnavigating Antarctica and the Americas in one season, has earned him the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC)’s highest honour – the Barton Cup. The 57-year-old Californian told PBO he was “shocked” and “honoured” to have been recognised for his 306-day non-stop trip aboard his 45ft, aluminium expedition sloop, Mõli, although he believes the yacht should have the real recognition. “I think Mõ may be the only boat on the Barton Cup list that has won the award twice under different owners, the first being her non-stop circumnavigation via the Capes with Tony Gooch in 2002. She is simply a superb sea-going vessel and deserves most of the credit,” said Reeves. Ten-time circumnavigator Jon Sanders won the OCC Lifetime Cruising Award. The legendary Australian is currently sailing around the…

1 min
randall reeves – barton cup winner

Born and raised in Northern California, Randall Reeves, 57, learned to sail on the rivers of central California and often ‘borrowed’ the family sailboat for solo ventures to San Francisco Bay. While in college, Reeves interviewed Bernard Moitessier for his campus radio station, a meeting that changed his life. In 2006 he crewed on a 40ft boat for a 3,000-mile passage from Hawaii to British Columbia. He was hooked. Between 2010-12 he completed a Pacific loop, sailing a 30ft ketch solo 13,000 miles, which took him to Mexico, French Polynesia, Hawaii, and Alaska. He bought the Dubbel and Jesse-designed aluminium sloop Mõli and made his first attempt at the Figure 8 Voyage in 2017-18. Three knock downs in the Southern Ocean forced him to stop for repairs and he abandoned the voyage. He…

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dan stroud – occ jester award winner

Dan Stroud’s first sailing experience was at the age of 20. He hitched a ride on a 40ft ketch from Horta in The Azores to Falmouth and remembers it was “mostly cold and wet.” Twenty-seven years later he bought his Rustler 31 Aisling in Plymouth, planning to live on board. With the help of a friend, he quickly learned to sail Aisling and made a circumnavigation around the UK. He then decided to cruise to Brazil, entering the Pacific via Ushuaia, Argentina and then on to the Marquesas Islands, Hawaii, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea before a 60-day 8,000 mile solo passage to Richards Bay in South Africa. Stroud said the lack of technology onboard Aisling is “coincidental” as she had “very little to start with”. “A fridge, a shower and…

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new fastnet race for corinthian sailors

Plymouth’s Royal Western YC (RWYC) has announced a new race around the Fastnet Rock. The Lonely Rock Race, which will start on 16 August 2020, will begin in the eastern Solent and finish in Plymouth. The RWYC is running the biennial race in association with The Royal Victoria YC in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The announcement comes following the decision by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) to move the finish of the 2021 and 2023 Fastnet Race to Cherbourg in France. This is due to the growing number of entries in the Fastnet Race, with RORC citing ‘berthing constraints’ in Plymouth for their decision. The RWYC said the Lonely Rock Race would bring back the Corinthian spirit to the event. It said the original Fastnet course dated back to 1925, when two members…

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eco mooring trial for south and south west

Up to 70 eco-moorings are to be installed across five Marine Protected Areas off the UK’s south and south-west coastline. The £2.5 million Recreation ReMEDIES project will run until October 2023, and aims to protect seagrass meadows threatened by the activities of boaters, walkers and bait collectors. It will focus on the Isles of Scilly, River Fal, River Helford, Plymouth Sound and its surrounding estuaries, Essex Estuaries Special Areas of Conservation and Solent Maritime, which includes the Isle of Wight, upper Hamble, Lymington, Chichester and the Medina. The types of eco-mooring and the exact locations are still being decided, although the RYA will be consulted before any are installed in discussion with harbour masters and boat owners. The RYA’s environmental and sustainability manager, Phil Horton, said there were no proposals for banning access for…