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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Jun-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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waiting for the tide

For the love of Ongemak The worldwide web holds out the promise of almost instant answers to any question you might care to type in, yet we still get plenty of queries from readers via email, phone and post which obviously take much longer to answer. It’s not for everyone: could you wait the extra time for the answers to your questions? Well, if you embark on a project of the magnitude of the aluminium home-built boat finally being launched this issue and expertly documented over the past two issues by the brothers Oloff and Muir de Wet, there are simply too many questions to wait for the answers. These two taught themselves absolutely everything along the way and now have a brand new, home-built, selfdesigned, customised yacht. I would urge you to…

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sailors being urged to report fishing gear entanglement

More sailors need to report incidents of fishing gear entanglement in UK waters if the Government is to take action to tackle the problem. That’s the message from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) following the Government’s response to a recent petition by the Cruising Association (CA), which called for improvements to the marking of static fishing gear. The petition closed with 10,770 signatures, 770 above the minimum number required for a response. In its reply, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said it had met with the RYA and was ‘looking at areas in which the enforcement of regulations can be enhanced’. It also encouraged the reporting of incidents via the RYA’s fishing gear incident reporting form to ‘help identify any potential solutions’. A spokeswoman for the RYA said a lack of…

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salvage under way at holyhead marina

As the salvage and clean-up operation continues at Holyhead Marina in Anglesey, plans are underway to rebuild the facility. Around 85 vessels sank and catastrophic damage was caused to the marina when Storm Emma hit on 2 March this year. So far, around 30 boats have been recovered, although Holyhead Sailing Club (HSC) has stated on its website that boats still under the marina’s equipment are not being lifted out at this phase. The removal of polystyrene from the marina’s damaged pontoons is continuing, although it has now also spread further afield. Anglesey Council, which is responsible for the clean-up outside of the port, said it understood more polystyrene breached a containment boom within the port and escaped during recent strong winds. According to Stena Line Ports, which privately owns the Holyhead Port Authority, more…

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new skipper for maiden

Susan Glenny, the founder of the female yacht racing squad, The Sirens, has been named the new skipper of the iconic Whitbread Round the World yacht, Maiden. The professional yachtswoman will take over from Tracy Edwards, who led the first all-female crew in the 1989-90 Whitbread race. Maiden is currently undergoing an extensive refit at Hamble Yacht Services. The 58ft Bruce Farr-designed yacht was shipped back to the UK after it was found rotting away in the Seychelles. Once she is back in the water, Glenny, who was inspired by Maiden’s original crew, will skipper the yacht on a three-year world tour in support of promoting girls’ education.…

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bwml’s 18 marinas are on the market

British Waterways Marinas Ltd (BWML), which operates 18 marinas across England, is up for sale. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Canal & River Trust, BWML manages 2,520 berths, of which 699 are residential. The trust said it has already been approached by a number of potential buyers and will be ‘exploring options’ before making a decision. It added that the proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in other ‘income-generating assets’ to help it fund the preservation of the waterways it currently manages. Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP and property consultants Vail Williams have been appointed to handle the sale. The managing director of BWML, Jeff Whyatt said the process will not impact on current operations. “We are confident that business will continue as usual in the event that BWML is sold to a…

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maib lookout warning after fatal sinking

Boaters are being reminded to always keep a proper lookout at sea following the fatal sinking of the Norman 18.5 motor cruiser James 2 off Shoreham harbour. The boat’s owner Mircea Ilie, 40, and Irinel Popovici, 41, both from Brighton, along with Traiam Dumitrache, 50, from London, all died when the James 2 collided with the steel hulled, mean rigged scallop dredger, Vertouwen, in Sussex Bay in the early hours of 6 August 2017. One man, who had used a fender as a float, survived. None of the sea anglers were wearing lifejackets, although four were found stowed on board the wreck. An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found the Vertouwen’s lone watchman was distracted by his mobile phone and laptop computer and did not see the motor cruiser, which…