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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Sep-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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2 min.
waiting for the tide

with the editor Giving it some beans… As I write, the heatwave has finally broken – England’s hottest summer since 1976 seems like a shimmering mirage, although more 30°C days are predicted for August. During the hottest week, I was in the far north on the shores of Lake Windermere enjoying a spot of sailing in the drizzle, which was gloroiusly cool and damp, but concealed the majestic mountainous backdrop. Boatspeed on Windermere is strictly limited to 10mph under power and although the shores were swarmed with tourists, the water itself seemed surprisingly empty. Having never experienced the lake before the speed limit, I am unable to pass comment on how uncomfortable life once was for sailing folk, but I do remember when the speed limit was still being debated and how rancorous…

3 min.
calls for new drink-driving law for sailors

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) says it wont object to a new drink-driving law for leisure boaters as long as it is ‘based on compelling evidence’ and is ‘clear, understandable and enforceable’. Its comments come after the British Ports Authority (BPA) announced it wanted to see ‘the drink-drive loophole for recreational mariners’ closed, and for leisure sailors to face the same alcohol limits – 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – which currently exist for captains of commercial ships in British waters. Attempts to introduce drink-driving offences for recreational boaters, including specific alcohol limits, were made under section 80 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, but these were never bought into force. At the time, the RYA said it opposed the draft measures as they created ‘confusion and uncertainty’…

2 min.
scotland tightens restrictions on marking of lobster pots

New laws to ban the use of milk bottles and other inappropriate equipment to mark creel and lobster pots in Scotland are to be introduced. Marine Scotland has issued new guidance to fishermen, setting out best practices for marking static gear within 12 miles of the low water line around the coast. By spring 2019, all licensed fishermen will be required to mark buoys with their vessel’s identifying Port, Letter and Number (PLN). Unlicensed fishermen will be given a unique reference number by Marine Scotland to use. The announcement comes after months of discussions and consultation about so-called gear conflict with fishermen’s groups and other marine users. In its response to the consultation, Marine Scotland said there was clear evidence that some fishermen were using inappropriate equipment to mark gear and, as a result,…

1 min.
improving facilities on the waterways

Boaters using the UK’s canals and rivers are being asked to help gather evidence of where water and waste facilities might be inadequate or completely absent. The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) maintains that water points, rubbish and sewage disposal should be available at least every five hours’ cruising time, with pump out available every 10 hours’ cruising time. It has launched its GapTracker campaign to try to build up an accurate picture of facilities available on the waterways, and plans to take its findings to navigation authorities to encourage them to provide new or additional amenities. The IWA added that over the last few years some boaters’ facilities have been closed, leaving gaps in the network. The chairman of the IWA’s navigation committee, Steve Warwicker said it was vital the campaign was as wide-reaching…

1 min.
high potential wins rti race

The crew of the Contessa 26 High Potential have won the 2018 Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl, after one of the most challenging editions of the event on record. A lack of wind and sea breeze meant hundreds of teams struggled to reach The Needles before the tide changed, with many forced to turn back. Those who made it through the tidal gate endured slow and hot conditions round the Isle of Wight. Ross Applebey and his team on High Potential won with a corrected time of 8 hours, 30 minutes and 3 seconds. Line honours were taken by the Tony Lawson’s MOD70 foiling trimaran, Concise Fling.…

2 min.
three retire from golden globe race

Self steering gear issues have been causing no end of problems for the skippers in the Golden Globe Race 2018, which is now in its second month. For two of the entrants – Kevin Farebrother and Nabil Amra – the difficulties left them with no option but to retire. Farebrother made the decision after days of hand steering his Tradewind 35, Sagarmatha, which led to severe fatigue. He called it a day at Rubicon Marina in Lanzarote, telling race organisers that he’d also struggled with solo sailing Amra faced a weld failure in his self steering gear, which left him pointing the bow of his Biscay 36, Liberty II, towards the Canary Islands. The Palestinian skipper struggled to prepare for the race, completing his qualifying 10,000 solo miles just days before the start…