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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Sum-2018

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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 The power of the paddle I keep a couple of windsurfers and a Topper dinghy at Calshot Activity Centre where the lagoon offers some of the Solent’s most sheltered water. Whenever the tide is right, we drive over with a car full of kids and kit for a barbecue and some messing about. This season has been particularly good, not only due to the weather, but also the arrival of the inflatable paddleboard into our lives. I first tried one on holiday in Guernsey last summer, hired from a van near the Cobo kiosk. Standing and paddling was a challenge, but once across the deeper channels among the rocks and shallow reefs, I kneeled to paddle and just floated across…

3 min.
london boat show cancelled

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Katy Stickland at pbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01252 555213 The London Boat Show 2019, which was due to take place at ExCeL London in January, has been called off. Show organisers British Marine said it had taken the decision after independent research revealed that exhibitors were unhappy with the event’s current format, duration and location. Bookings for exhibition space for 2019 were poor. Visitor satisfaction with the 2018 show was also found to be ‘below acceptable industry standards’. The show moved from Earls Court to ExCeL in London’s Docklands in 2004, but after initial interest the numbers of exhibitors and visitors began to fall. The event moved to a five-day rather than a 10-day format for 2018, with British Marine reporting ‘more new and first-time exhibitors than ever before’ and…

1 min.
could drones soon assist in sea rescues?

The UK Coastguard says drones will not replace helicopters, coastguard rescue teams or lifeboats in search and rescue operations, but they could be used as ‘an additional tool’ to help locate casualties. The comments come after the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) carried out a week’s trial of drones off the St Athan coast in south Wales. Both organisations are currently evaluating the outcome of the exercise to see how the drones worked with rescue teams to enhance lifesaving capability. The MCA’s aviation technical assurance manager, Phil Hanson, said the UK Coastguard was ‘always ready to embrace working with new technology.’ “There is significant evidence emerging from our overseas counterparts and more locally from UK mountain rescue teams indicating that drones can play a crucial role in…

1 min.
concern grows for missing sailors

Cruisers sailing the Atlantic between The Azores and Gibraltar are being urged to look out for any sign of Italian sailors Aldo Revello, 53, and Antonio Voinea, 32. The pair activated their EPIRB aboard Revello’s Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 473, Bright, on 2 May around 300 miles east of The Azores, resulting in extensive searches by the Portuguese and Italian Navy, and the Portuguese Air Force. Two lifejackets belonging to the Bright are all that have been found. Family and friends are hopeful they made it onto the yacht’s Airmar liferaft. A friend, Dr Clara Sechi, said both Revello and Voinea were experienced sailors, and had been sailing Bright back from Martinique to Liguria, Italy, and had made a stop in the Azores. ‘The only hope we have at the moment is to try and…

1 min.
jesters set forth to challenge the atlantic

The Jester Atlantic Challenge departed from Plymouth over the early May Bank Holiday, with participants aiming to sail their sub-30ft boats single-handed to Rhode Island, writes Jake Kavanagh. The challenge is open to anyone over the age of 18, with no rules, no entry fees, no sponsorship and no prizes. The only criteria is that the yacht should be 30ft or less LOA, although slightly oversized boats are allowed if ‘in the Jester spirit.’ The satisfaction comes from a successful voyage with great camaraderie from fellow single-handers, and the standard of seamanship and preparedness is always very high. From an original entry list of 19, just seven actually made it to the start. The venue was the Tamar River Sailing Club, which threw open its facilities for the single-handers and their entourages.…

1 min.
waterways licence evasion drops

The number of boaters who avoid buying a licence to travel on waterways in England and Wales is falling. The Canal & River Trust, which looks after more than 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, says licence evasion is at its lowest-ever level. Its recent national boat count revealed that 96.9% of vessels on its waterways hold up-to-date licences, compared to 96.3% in 2017. In 2017/18, licences raised £20.2 million, around 10% of the trust’s total income. The charitable trust’s interim head of boating, Jon Horsfall, said it was important that boats were licensed correctly. “Not only does this mean they’re insured and hold a boat safety certificate, but it means they’re playing their part in contributing to the huge task of keeping our canals and rivers open. “Unfortunately, a small minority continue to enjoy the…