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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Oct-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 What are the odds? Top billing this month to the Golden Globe racers as we dig into the tips and tricks employed by the fleet of skippers to turn their production long-keel cruisers into non-stop round the world racing yachts (page 28). PBO has never been a big follower of ocean racing (outside of the news pages), but as the seas take their toll on the fleet it becomes clear that although 50 years has passed since Suhaili and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston first circumnavigated non-stop, there is still plenty to be said for ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Take Commander Abhilash Tomy, an officer in the Indian Navy sailing the Suhaili replica Thuriya. He appears not to be…

2 min.
the return of lively lady

Sir Alec Rose’s iconic ketch Lively Lady is back to her former glory and sailing again after a 10-month restoration project. A team of eight volunteers from the charity Around and Around, led by project leader Alan Priddy, spent 4,000 man hours painstakingly working on the 36-foot ketch at the Hayling Yacht Company. When the project started in October 2017, Lively Lady was little more than a hull after a stalled previous restoration attempt. Speaking to PBO, Priddy said they were quoted £250,000 by two boat restorers for the work. Instead, he turned to a group of Around and Around volunteers who have completed the restoration for just £15,000. “To everyone who helped – the volunteers, the marine industry and supporters – from the bottom of my heart I thank you as without…

1 min.
tributes to hilary lister

Hilary Lister, who used sip and puff technology to become the first disabled woman to sail around Britain, has died. The 46-year-old broke many barriers during her life, which won her the admiration of the sailing community and legions of fans. Inspired by the Around Alone yachtswoman Emma Richards, Lister entered the record books when she became the first quadriplegic to sail the English Channel singlehanded on 23 August 2005 in Robin Gray’s modified Soling. She first sailed in 2003 at Westbere, Kent, where she later learnt to control a boat by sipping and puffing through straws. In 2007 she solo circumnavigated the Isle of Wight and then went on to circumnavigate Britain in 2008/2009, becoming the first female disabled sailor to achieve this feat. This was followed by a trans-ocean record which saw her,…

1 min.
miss isle eyes atlantic record

Natasha Lambert, who holds the title as the youngest disabled woman to skipper a yacht from Scotland to Ireland, is now preparing for a new challenge – to sail across the Atlantic Ocean using just breath control, similar to ‘sip and puff’ pioneer Hilary Lister. The 21-year-old from Cowes has athetoid cerebral palsy which affects all of her limbs and her speech. Unable to use conventional controls, she instead sails by sipping and puffing into a single straw – a system developed by her father, Gary. Natasha has just purchased a Bavaria Nautitech 46 catamaran ahead of the ARC in November 2019. If she completes the passage from Gran Canaria to St Lucia, she’ll become the first person to cross the Atlantic by breath control. “To cross an ocean for Natasha is massive…

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stop using ch16 for radio checks

Radio checks should be primarily carried out with local marinas and nearby vessels rather than the coastguard, says the Cruising Association (CA). It is urging boaters and sailors to think before calling Ch16 after gathering anecdotal evidence of a proliferation of radio check requests, especially in the Solent and Falmouth. Speaking on behalf of the CA’s Regulations and Technical Services Committee, Robin Baron said using Ch16 for a radio check was not the ‘best use of coastguard (HMCG) resources at a time when we know they are hard pressed with other more important issues including Search and Rescue.’ ‘The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed that radio checks should primarily be conducted with local marinas and nearby vessels. Radio checks with HMCG should not be a first resort as it ties up the…

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jail for bogus boat theft fraudster

A boat owner who made a fraudulent insurance claim for a ‘stolen’ Cranchi Star 21 has been handed a six month prison sentence. Kieran Andrew Kearney, 33, of Ffordd y Blaenau, Treuddyn, in north Wales, insured his boat with Navigators & General for £13,000. He then reported it stolen to the police and contacted his insurers. The firm’s investigators became suspicious and the boat was found at the home of his former partner. Kearney pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud for falsely claiming the Cranchi Star 21 had been stolen and for hiding his previous convictions when taking out the policy. The boat was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.…