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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner April 2017

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.

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appropriately suited and booted

with the editor We like to call it winter maintenance, but for many of us spring panic would be closer to the truth. Somehow the combination of cold, wet weather and, perhaps, domestic pressure to get on with the jobs one puts off all summer while going sailing, conspires to leave the boat gathering moss until the snowdrops remind us that the sailing season is just around the corner. That’s certainly the case with Red Dragon. I’m lucky in that co-owning the boat with my brother means that the work is at least shared, but despite having had two years out of the water in 2014-15, there still seems to be a huge amount to do. After our refit the cabin floor is looking decidedly shabby, we’ve concluded that we need to…

3 min.
tracy edwards sees maiden for the first time in 27 years

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825 News and current affairs from the world of boating Maidenhas been through a procession of owners since Tracy Edwards and 11 female sailors finished a trailblazing second in the gruelling Whitbread Round the World Race in 1990. The 17.7m (58ft) yacht was found abandoned three years ago and left to rot on the quayside on an Indian Ocean island. Edwards said: ‘I’ve been raising funds to bring her home for the last three years, but it stopped me almost dead when I saw her.’ Edwards, who was a 22- year-old with limited sailing experience when she put together the Maiden team, plans for the boat to be a figurehead for the Maiden Factor charity, a not-for-profit organisation raising money for…

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tributes paid to celebrated yachting cartoonist mike peyton

Award-winning yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton has died at the age of 96. The talented artist and keen sailor, one of the founder members of the Old Gaffers Association (OGA), passed away on 25 January, just five days after his birthday. The Yachting Journalists Association (YJA), which presented him with a Lifetime Achievement award a year ago, dubbed Peyton ‘the Picasso of sailing.’ A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem in which sailors all around the world held him. Born into a mining family in County Durham in 1921, he lied about his age to join the Army and was seconded to draw maps of the North African desert by the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War. Despite escaping twice, he spent most of the…

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win a vip weekend in beaulieu + boatjumble tickets

Now in its 40th year, Beaulieu Boatjumble takes place on Sunday 23 April from 10am-4pm, and will again feature free expert talks and demonstrations on a range of boating topics in the PBO Ask the Experts Live marquee. Topics this year will include boating on a budget with Keep Turning Left’s Dylan Winter, cooking in limited galley space, seamanship, effective epoxy, meteorology, replacing boat windows and DIY rigging checks. The winner of this year’s competition will receive a night’s accommodation and breakfast at Careys Manor Hotel on Saturday 22 April, plus a £50 gift voucher towards dinner and a pair of tickets to Beaulieu Boatjumble. Blending just the right fusion of relaxed informality and stylish refinement, a break at Careys Manor Hotel (www.careysmanor.com) will make you feel wonderfully pampered. Nestled between…

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boaters invited to attend mcz information events

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has embarked on the final tranche of the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) designation programme. The aim of Tranche 3 is to complete the Blue Belt, an ecologically coherent network of well-managed marine protected areas around England. Defra will announce the final list of sites and features to be formally considered in Tranche 3 at the beginning of the consultation period, scheduled for late summer/autumn 2017. However, in the coming months, Defra, Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservancy Committee (JNCC) will ensure that these sites meet certain criteria and evidence standards. Sites will be designated in 2018, within one year of the public consultation period commencing. On the South Coast, these include three Isle of Wight (IoW) sites, Yarmouth to Cowes, Norris to…

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yacht crew rescued following long-range rescue

Thirteen British crew and one US national were rescued after their 60ftClyde Challengeryacht dismasted due to bad weather, in the Atlantic Ocean. The crew of Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon have been praised for sprinting at 30 knots through turbulent seas for 20 hours to rescue the 14 sailors in treacherous weather conditions. On 9 February, a large rogue wave knocked the yacht on her side during passage from the Azores to the UK. She recovered within a few seconds, but had been dismasted at deck level. In addition, the instrument pole at the stern of the yacht had also been wiped out, taking several safety-related items and communication systems with it. The yacht crew triggered their emergency beacon alert, which was picked up by the UK Coastguard at 8pm. A nearby cargo…