Practical Boat Owner July 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 To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: Amazing adventures Lockdown learning has been a big hit all across the media and PBO’s online series of ‘100 DIY projects you can do at home’ has been very popular. But I realise now that trying to learn something ‘during’ lockdown is one thing… but what has lockdown taught us? What have we learned that we didn’t even realise we didn’t know? Well, it will be different for each one of us, but I’m with those who are discovering that the imposition of social limitations has actually revealed their own self-imposed limitations: failure of the imagination; poverty of ambition; paralysis, quibbling, prevarication and self-criticism. Put simply, Carpe Diem: seize the day and fill your locker with amazing adventures whenever you…

1 min
crusader sails fits protective vehicle screens

The team at Crusader Sails are a prime example of how the ingenuity of those in the marine industry has been put to good use in the battle against COVID-19. Although still making sails, the Crusader sail loft in Poole has also been focussing on the production and fitting of protective screen bulkheads to patient transport vehicles and non-emergency ambulances during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dorset firm was one of several approached by a local fleet operator of patient transport vehicles to come up with a temporary, removable screen which would separate the driver from patients and other staff. Crusader’s solution was chosen and since then the sail loft and rigging crews have been working round the clock to meet demand, with hundreds of screens fitted in vehicles across southern England. Crusader Sails founder,…

4 min
covid-19: uk marine companies switch to ppe production

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Katy Stickland at, tel: 01252 555213 UK marine companies have come to the aid of medical staff and key workers by switching production to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus lockdown. Sail makers, marine engineering firms, boatbuilders and Britain’s America’s Cup team, INEOS Team UK, have all been helping to ease the shortage of PPE, thanks to their 3D printers and industrial sewing machines. Havant-based Ocean Signal, which manufacturers and supplies marine safety equipment, have been using their research and development 3D printer to make medical visors for GP surgeries and hospitals in Kent, Surrey and Gloucester. A spokesman for the firm said demand for the visors was outstripping capacity. ‘We’d welcome anyone who has a 3D printer at their disposal to lend their support to…

2 min
cruisers in lockdown

Vloggers Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne (pictured above) from Sailing Kittiwake hit the headlines when they revealed their shock at the scale of the pandemic after a 25-day Atlantic crossing in March. When they left Lanzarote on 28 February, the World Health Organization hadn’t yet declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the pair, who ask family and friends not to send bad news while on passage, only found out when they switched on their mobiles phones on approach to Bequia. They are now sitting out the pandemic in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Like other cruisers, their sailing plans have been put on hold. Monika Thomae and Didier Betuel are experiencing lockdown in the fishing village of Jacaré, Brazil, aboard their 1976 UFO 34 sloop, Harmoni. They managed to “slip into”…

2 min
atlantic challenge in a leisure 17

How far offshore would you sail in a small boat? Two friends, John-Kenneth Habbershaw and Courtney Hollyoake are busy preparing their early MK1 Leisure 17, Poppet, for a 3,000 mile unassisted voyage across the Atlantic. The Sofa to Sailboat project aims to raise £50,000 for four charities – MacMillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS-UK and the St Helena Hospice in Colchester. A marine surveyor and electrician, Habbershaw said he became interested in microcruising having spent the last six years surveying rowing boats for the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. During his research he became inspired by John Adam, and his 1967 single-handed Atlantic crossing in the Leisure 17, Eve. A few years later he made a ‘silly’ offer on a Leisure 17 which is currently being renovated at Titchmarsh Marina at Walton-on-the-Naze. “At the…

1 min
greek cruising permit scrapped

The Greek Government has voted to ditch the so-called DEPKA cruising permit. From the end of April vessels will submit much of the same information online when paying the E-TEPAI cruising tax instead. However, according to the Cruising Association (CA) skippers will still need to keep a detailed and signed log of all crew arrivals and departures, noting any visa details where required. Also when the UK leaves the EU at the end of 2020, skippers of UK-registered vessels will have to apply for a Transit Log (TL), which is valid for one year. The log requires non-EU-flagged yachts (even those that have paid VAT) to book in and out of every harbour and at the final port of exit. According to the CA, the TL is also superfluous and the association is now…