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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Jul-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

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.uk Alexa… give it a rest! Voice-activated technology is here, now. Smartphones, of course, lead the way: the iPhone and most new android devices respond instantly to commands such as “text mum”, “search for parking…” and “Get directions to…”. Do you still type your text messages? So do I – even though I know the phone can do it for me. At this year’s Beaulieu Boatjumble we organised eight speakers – experts in their various fields – to hold forth in the PBO marquee. The first on stage was Paul Sumpner of Digital Yacht who was there to demonstrate his company’s voice-activated position-reporting software. Using Amazon’s artificial intelligence (AI) device ‘Alexa’ it is now possible to ask your NMEA instruments:…

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uncertainty as bavaria goes into administration

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Katy Stickland at pbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01252 555213 One of Europe’s biggest boatbuilders, Bavaria Yachtbau, is looking for new investors after going into administration. The self-administration move by the German yacht builder means the management team will remain in full operational control of the firm while the business is reorganised. It has also announced that yacht building at its factory in Giebelstadt, and delivery of boats, is secure until June this year. The firm’s 600 workers are being kept updated, and all wages and salaries between April and June 2018 will be paid under insolvency compensation. The announcement, which sent shockwaves among owners and the marine industry, will not affect the French subsidiary, Bavaria Catamarans SAS, formed after Bavaria bought Nautitech Catamarans in 2014. Investor search In a statement released on 24…

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safety under scrutiny after cheeki rafiki case

Tthe Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has announced plans to review its own safety advice after the owner of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki walked free from manslaughter charges. Following two trials and a three-year investigation by the MCA, Douglas Innes, the director of Stormforce Coaching which owned Cheeki Rafiki, was found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence of four sailors. Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 22, Steve Warren 52, and Paul Goslin, 56, died when the Beneteau 40.7 lost her keel in the mid-Atlantic in May 2014 while returning to Southampton from Antigua Sailing Week. At the first trial in 2017, Innes was found guilty of failing to ensure that Cheeki Rafiki was operated in a safe manner, contrary to section 100 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. However the jury was…

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new backer for british america’s cup

A £110 million sponsorship deal, led by INEOS chairman, Jim Ratcliffe (right) will see Sir Ben Ainslie break with Land Rover and 11th Hour Racing. He will now be team principal of INEOS Team GB, which will represent the Royal Yacht Squadron’s affiliated club, Royal Yacht Squadron Racing. ‘This is an amazing boost for British sport,’ said Sir Ben. ‘With this significant commitment from INEOS to fully fund a two-boat challenge, Britain now has its best opportunity to bring the America’s Cup back home where it belongs.’…

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yacht falls on sailor in yard

Dorset Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the circumstances that led to a man being crushed to death when his yacht fell on top of him at Weymouth Sailing Club. Kevin Keeler, 56, was working on the 29ft Westerly GK29, Ginny Kwik, which was in a metal cradle, when the incident happened on 16 April. Paramedics tried to save Keeler, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement, the commodore of Weymouth Sailing Club, Euan McNair, praised the emergency services, and said club members had been shocked by the tragedy. ‘The whole sailing club is obviously devastated at this tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the families concerned,’ he said. He stated that Ginny Kwik had been out of the water for around a week, and…

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canoes and sups are on the up

Canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding are growing in popularity in the UK, according to a wide-ranging survey published last month. The findings of the Watersports Participation Survey 2017, which interviewed around 12,000 people, show that compared to 2016, participation in most types of boating rose. Around 345,000 more people went canoeing in 2017, an increase of 0.6% on the previous year, while an extra 274,000 people took part in stand-up paddleboarding, a growth of 0.5%. Motor boating also saw increased participation of 0.4% or 186,000 people. Small sailboat racing, yacht racing, yacht cruising and canal boating all grew by 0.1%. Power boating grew by 0.2%. Long term, however, the results point to a slightly different picture, with participation rates between 2007 and 2017 in yacht racing, yacht cruising and power boating remaining stagnant. Small sailboat…