Practical Boat Owner December 2021

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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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: www.pbo.co.uk Weighing anchor… My time as editor of PBO has run its course. The previous editor, David Pugh, signed off in the November 2017 issue, after which the UK’s best-selling boating magazine was uprooted from its birthplace on the shores of Poole Harbour and transplanted to the decidedly less nautical realm of Farnborough Business Park. Since then, of course, the pandemic swept through and, as with almost all businesses, a laptop and a mobile phone have provided the connection between me and the team of staff and contributors you see listed on the left. It is my photo that appears at the top of this page, but PBO is home to some of the most hardworking, devoted editorial and production…

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2 min
news

Classic sail training fleet arrested A fleet of six classic yachts, including three 1959 Morgan Giles 43ft sail training vessels built with no expense spared for the Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth, lie chained to their berths at Chichester Marina for non-payment of mooring and storage fees. The writs, served by the Deputy Admiralty Marshal, were pinned to the yachts on 27 August, and cannot be moved until the debts and legal expenses have been cleared. Failure to do so will lead to a forced sale by auction. The three Morgan Giles 43s, together with three other classics, are all that remains from what was a 12-strong fleet built up by David Foster to provide commercial day-sailing yacht charters under the banner Classicsail.co.uk. One of the last occasions when sails were hoisted was in…

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1 min
pbo editor steps down

PBO editor Rob Melotti is stepping down after four years as editor of the UK’s biggest boating magazine to focus on family commitments. Rob joined PBO in 2004, as sub-editor, having previously worked as a dinghy instructor at Southampton Water Activity Centre. He became news editor in 2007 – taking over the role in the aftermath of the Ouzo tragedy – eventually leaving in 2010 to go freelance and work from home after the birth of his daughter, Caroline. In 2016 he was snapped up by sister title Yachting World as production editor. Rob took over at PBO with the December 2017 issue following the departure of most of the previous team to redundancies when the magazine was uprooted from its birthplace in Poole and transplanted to Farnborough. With the help of a…

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1 min
marine diesel in northern ireland

The UK Government has confirmed it is illegal in Northern Ireland to refuel private pleasure craft with red (marine) diesel in any tank used for engine propulsion – with effect from 1 October 2021. The Cruising Association, through its Regulations and Technical Services group (RATS), has been keeping abreast of the situation in order to advise yacht and motor cruisers on the new protocols. RATS has reviewed the UK Government document ‘Fuel Duty changes for private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland that use diesel’ and created a helpful guidance document, which has been approved by HM Revenue and Customs: www.theca.org.uk/rats/red_diesel_use_in_EU The change in the law is to meet the UK’s obligations under the UK-EU withdrawal agreement. Now diesel-powered private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland must only use fully duty-paid diesel for propulsion purposes,…

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1 min
cocaine haul seized from yacht

Six men have been charged with drug trafficking offences after a motoryacht with £160million-worth of cocaine on board was seized off the south coast of England. British national Andrew Cole, 32, from Stockton on Tees, County Durham, and five Nicaraguans Billy Downs, 49, Denson White-Morales, 34, Edwin Taylor-Morgan, 40, Brynie Sjogreen, 38 and Ryan Taylor, 42 were arrested on 9 September, following the seizure of the Jamaican-flagged Nordhavn 76 Kahu – sailing from the Caribbean. The operation took place 80 miles south of Plymouth and was led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) supported by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Border Force. Kahu was escorted back to the UK mainland where a ‘deep rummage’ search revealed the large haul of Class A drugs, described as weighing more than 2 tonnes. Matt Horne,…

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1 min
‘low level’ co exposure

The UK’s leading carbon monoxide (CO) research charity, The CO Research Trust, has revealed that many people may be exposed to ‘low level’ CO poisoning in the built environment and within the boating world. Boats have small living spaces, much the same size as a small bedsit. However, they are also sealed containers, essential for keeping water out, but also equally effective at retaining gases and fumes. Many boats have multiple potential sources of fire and CO. They may also have multiple engines and appliances for cooking, heating and lighting. Some of these will be powered on or in use whilst occupants are sleeping. The charity is running a research project in conjunction with the London Fire Brigade, which will be carrying out 1,758 visits to people living on boats within the…

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