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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner March 2018

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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1 min.
waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.uk Boat show got its mojo back How many readers went to the boat show and what did you think of it? I ask because to me it felt like a bit of a fresh start – the Wednesday to Sunday timetable made sense and, once we sorted out some seating, the PBO Theatre was packed most of the time. British Marine was celebrating 3.5% growth across its membership, while also making noises about encouraging new, entry-level initiatives for younger, less well off newcomers to boating. I walked past the Digital Yacht stand and witnessed an Amazon Alexa reading data from an NMEA instrument display and then answering the question: “Alexa – what is my depth?” with the correct answer. I…

3 min.
boatbuilders urged to tighten supply checks on teak imports

Two of the UK’s biggest luxury yacht builders, Sunseeker International and Princess Yachts, have insisted they do everything they can to ensure the teak they use is legitimately and ethically sourced. Their assurances follow a revelation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), an independent campaigning organisation, that Surreybased NHG Timber and a Belgian company, Vandecasteele Houtimport, have been found to be in breach of the EU Timber Regulation. The EUTR prohibits the sale of illegally harvested timber and products. It also requires EU traders who sell timber products to exercise appropriate ‘due diligence’. The EIA said both companies are the sole suppliers of Burmese teak to Sunseeker and Princess. Belgian authorities found Vandecasteele in violation of the EUTR last May, while NHG Timber was sanctioned in November by the Department for Business, Energy…

1 min.
maib tether advice after death

Sailors are being advised to make sure their tether hook can’t become entangled in deck fittings or other equipment when clipped on. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued the safety bulletin while it looks into the circumstances surrounding the death of Simon Speirs, a sailor in the Clipper Round the World race. The 60-year-old GREAT Britain crewmember died on 18 November last year after he was washed overboard in the Southern Ocean during a headsail change on stage 3 of the race en route to Australia. He was using a three-point webbing tether attached to the integral harness of his lifejacket that allowed him to clip on to the boat with a short or long tether. The MAIB has found that the hook on the end of his tether that was clipped…

1 min.
affordable boating at london show

An iconic Westerly Centaur was the impressive backdrop to the inaugural PBO theatre at this year’s London Boat Show where boat ownership on a budget was a major theme. Welcoming everyone to the theatre, PBO editor Rob Melotti said affordable family boating is the reason the magazine was started in the first place, and despite changes over the years the founding principles remained the same. PBO columnist Dave Selby, a self-confessed ‘budget boating evangelist’, was one of a dozen speakers to grace the stage. He entertained audiences, describing the boating bargains we can find today and his ‘epic voyage’ in his 18ft Sailfish, Marlin, from London to the Southampton Boat Show in 2016. “It was one of the richest experiences of my life … that’s the biggest marvel sailing has to give:…

1 min.
celebrating ian proctor’s revolutionary dinghy designs

The centenary of renowned Wayfarer dinghy designer Ian Proctor is to be celebrated. Proctor, who was born in July 1918, produced more than 100 dinghy designs during his life, many of which are still being sailed and raced today. His legacy is to be celebrated through an exhibition at the RYA Dinghy Show, which runs from 3-4 March at Alexandra Palace, London. On display will be some of Proctor’s earliest designs including the Gull, Minisail, Osprey, and the Wayfarer, which shot to fame in the 1960s when Frank Dye sailed Wanderer from Scotland to Iceland and from Scotland to the Faroe Islands and Norway. Show organisers are also asking dinghy enthusiasts to contribute to the exhibition by sending in their photos of sailing one of Proctor’s boats. ‘We are delighted to not only showcase some…

1 min.
uk veterans taste victory in ‘ashes on the water’

A group of UK veterans have beaten their Australian counterparts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. In what was billed as the ‘Ashes on the Water’, the British sailors performed somewhat better than their cricketing counterparts on their recent tour. Two crews of wounded veterans raced as part of their rehabilitation, as well as promoting the fourth Invictus Games, which will be held in Sydney in October. Sailing will make its debut at this year’s games. The UK crew, skippered by Will Parbury, crossed the finish line almost 11 hours ahead of their rivals, finishing in 49th place overall. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was their on-board navigator. “It was a great race and probably my best Sydney Hobart so far,” noted Sir Robin. “I think it was a really fast race and we had…