Practical Boat Owner November 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 with the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: The next edition of the Jester Challenge is, Coronavirus permitting, quite a way off, but now seemed the right time for a 14-page splash on the event. If you’ve never heard of the boat, Jester, or the offshore singlehanded circuit that now exists to honour her achievements… it’s not too late! Entries for 2021 from Plymouth (or Pwllelli) to Baltimore in Ireland (and/or the Azores) are open and, as there is an event every year of one sort or another, they simply never close. There’s no cost, so just sign up! Or follow in the footsteps of former Practicals Editor Jake Kavanagh and become a groupie – with or without your own vessel. But why do people do it?…

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Compensation rejected for cancelled BOATS2020 show An appeal by British Marine to the UK Government for compensation after the last minute cancellation of BOATS2020 has been rejected. The event was prevented from going ahead by Southampton City Council’s Director of Public Health just hours before it was due to open. Concerns about the increase in COVID-19 infections nationally and attendees coming from different parts of the UK were given as the reasons. MDL’s Ocean Village Boat Show in the city was also prevented from going ahead. Both events were due to run from 11-20 September, with BOATS2020 expected to attract 15,000 people and the Ocean Village Boat Show 5,000 people over the ten days. These attendance figures were agreed by the city council, which worked with both events to make sure they met Public…

1 min
crashing sinking boat onto rocks saves family

The RNLI has praised the swift actions of a father, who deliberately ran aground onto rocks off the Devon coast when his boat started sinking. The man was aboard the 24ft motor boat with one other adult and four children, all under the age of four when the incident happened just outside Torquay on 8 September. The RNLI said it was unclear if the family were wearing lifejackets at the time. When the vessel started to sink, the father managed to run their boat onto the rocky shoreline. He and his family managed to scramble to shore with the help of onlookers. The RNLI’s Severn Class all-weather lifeboat and their inshore lifeboat were deployed from Brixham, and volunteer inshore crew safely ferried the family to the Severn Class. The coxswain of RNLI Torbay, Mark…

2 min
waverley steamer hits pier, injuring 24

An investigation is underway after Scotland’s historic sea-going paddle steamer Waverley crashed into a pier on the Scottish island of Arran, injuring 24 people. The incident happened at Brodick on 3 September, less than a fortnight after the vessel had set sail again following an absence of 15 months, caused by a £2.3 million refit and the COVID-19 lockdown. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said 213 passengers and 26 crew were on board at the time. Some of the injured needed hospital treatment. The bow of the Waverley was damaged, and temporary repairs had to be made before the ship sailed to her home at Pacific Quay on the River Clyde in Glasgow. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is examining the cause of the incident. The vessel is operated by Waverley Excursions. A…

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killer whales ‘ram’ yachts off the spanish coast

More research is needed to explain why orcas are appearing to ram yachts off the Spanish coast, according to marine wildlife experts. Since mid-July, there have been over half a dozen reports, in some instances causing damage to a yacht’s rudder, leaving crews needing rescue. In several cases the orcas continued hitting the yacht for an hour. Initially reports were in the Strait of Gibraltar, where there is a pod known for playing in wakes. Towards the end of August and September further cases were reported north in Galicia. A delivery crew working for Halcyon Yachts needed rescuing north of A Coruña after an orca damaged the rudder on a Hallberg-Rassy 36. Managing director of Halcyon Yachts, Pete Green, said the Hallberg crew were motor sailing at the time. “Initially they had not seen the orca…

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investigations into three boating fatalities

Three people died in three separate boating accidents during August. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has been notified and has launched inquiries. Janet Walker, aged 52, was killed following a collision between a jet ski and the RIB, Tickler on the Menai Strait in Wales on 8 August. It happened between the slipway in Menai Bridge and the pier in Bangor. North Wales Police has launched its own investigation. Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed and/or filmed jet skis and a RIB in the area between 1700 and 1945 to contact them on tel: 101. On 19 August a woman died after becoming trapped under the Broads cruiser, Diamond Emblem on the River Bure in Great Yarmouth. Norfolk Police said the woman was in her 30s and from the London area. It is…