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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Dec-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 Mystery boats This is the December issue – a year since I took over as editor and we have, on page 54, a list of Christmas present ideas. There will also be another one in next month’s issue and we’ll put them online too in case of shopping emergencies. One of the recommendations is Finding Pax, by US author Kaci Cronkhite detailing her eight-year search for the origin and life story of her 80-year-old Danish double-ender Pax (which means Peace in Latin). It’s a great read, so we asked her if she would put together her top tips (to be published in the new year) on researching boating provenance. Because we all want to know the story behind our boats…

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solent ferry operator under scrutiny after third collision

For the third time in less than a month, a Red Funnel car ferry has been in collision with pleasure boats, this time causing the 32ft yacht Greylag to sink in Cowes Harbour. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched an investigation into the matter which happened just after 8am on 21 October in heavy fog and involved the 4,128-tonne Red Falcon. Red Funnel has said it is looking at its procedures for operating in limited visibility. The master and mate of the ferry have since been suspended, which Red Funnel said was ‘normal procedure’. The MCA and the MAIB were already looking into the circumstances surrounding the collision between Red Falcon and a 31ft motor yacht Phoenix at Calshot Spit in the Solent at…

2 min.
third time lucky for jeanne?

‘Age is just a number that I prefer not to think about. It’s one’s health, fitness and mental attitude that matter,’ stated Jeanne Socrates as she continues on her voyage to become the oldest person to sail solo and non-stop around the world without assistance. The 76-year-old left Victoria, British Colombia, in her Najad 380 Nereida on 3 October 2018 and hopes to complete her voyage by May 2019. This is the third time the septuagenarian has tried to break the record, held since October 2016 by Minoru Saito of Japan. Previous attempts have been thwarted by storm damage to Nereida and a fall from a ladder in September 2017, which left Socrates hospitalised for months with a broken neck. ‘The main damage remaining from my accident is my slightly restricted neck rotation,…

1 min.
limited red diesel use

White diesel may replace red at marina fuel pumps in the UK following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. It has agreed that the UK is breaking EU rules by allowing marinas to sell red diesel on a 60/40 split of full and lower tax rates for propulsion, and heating or power generation. Under EU rules, fuel must be marked with a dye if it is sold at less than the full tax rate. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is examining the ruling, and will announce any changes in due course. It is, as yet, unclear how Brexit might impact on this decision. In any event, red diesel can continue to be used for heating onboard as it’s taxed at a lower rate.…

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tributes to churchouse boats’ stewart brown

One of the leading figures in the Drascombe community, Stewart Brown, has died after losing his battle with cancer. Stewart was one of the early Drascombe rally organisers and a south coast rep before he became the owner of Churchouse Boats Ltd, the sole licensed builders of the Drascombe range of boats since 2002. He was also an active member on several British Marine committees. The current owner and managing director of Churchouse Boats, Sharon Geary-Harwood, said Stewart was always ready to answer a call for help, giving sound advice to beginner sailors, as well as making people feel welcome aboard his Drifter D22 with a gin and tonic. “Stewart was my walking Drascombe encyclopedia, however we have all learned a great deal from him over the years, how many people actually had…

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how to tackle ocean plastic

Plans to build a 71m catamaran designed to scoop up floating waste and then convert it into a gas that powers the vessel have been unveiled, writes Emrhys Barrell. The £30-million Ocean Saviour is the brainchild of the two founders of TheYachtMarket.com, Richard Roberts and Simon White. The pair were inspired after watching David Attenborough’s BBC series Blue Planet and became determined to produce a boat design that would provide a viable option for sustainably cleaning up the world’s seas. Speaking to PBO, White said he hopes Ocean Saviour will inspire governments to act. “We produce an estimated 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, and 8 million tonnes of this ends up in our oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch alone, contains 80,000 tonnes of plastic, covering an area seven times the…