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Practical Boat Owner January 2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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 Strutting their stuff Congratulations to UK firm Scanstrut for picking up top prize at the DAME awards in November 2017. The company collaborated with fellow Brits, RS Sailing, on the Connect Conversion Kit, which enables the lift-keel RS Venture Connect dinghy/dayboat, to be adapted for a wide range of disabled sailors quickly and easily. The kit comprises an electric tiller pilot arm, an electric captivereel mainsheet winch, a pair of rechargable batteries and a choice of control devices – either joystick or sip-and-puff headset. There’s no ground-breaking new technology involved, but the kit is modular, flexible and easy to install. The power pack sits in a waterproof suitcase that is quick and easy to connect and has a recharger built…

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clipper race yacht greenings runs aground off south africa

News and current affairs from the world of boating SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Katy Stickland at pbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01252 555213 The crew of the Clipper Round the World race team Greenings are to join other teams in the 2017-18 race after their yacht of the same name ran aground off the coast of South Africa. Greenings hit a rocky area on the western side of Cape Peninsula, roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point at approximately 2140 UTC (2340 local time) on 31 October 2017. The crew had departed from Cape Town earlier in the day on Leg 3 of the eight-leg global race. The skipper and crew were evacuated as a precautionary measure by the National Sea Rescue Institution, the South African equivalent of the RNLI. There were no reports of…

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unmanned vessel gets first uk registration

In a glimpse of the future, the UK Ship Register has signed its first unmanned vessel, C-Worker 7, to the flag. The vessel can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned, and has been built by ASV Global, a leading supplier of unmanned and autonomous marine systems. C-Worker 7 will be used for a variety of coastal and offshore tasks, including helping with subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring. Doug Barrow, the director of the UK Ship Register, said that by supporting emerging technologies such as autonomous systems, the register is ‘helping to keep the UK at the forefront of the global maritime industry’. ‘The UK Flag is growing, as we have invested in resources to meet the demands of that growth. We have the support of the UK government and the…

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tributes paid to the founder of the junk rig association

The founder of the Junk Rig Association (JRA), Robin Blain, has died. The 76-year-old, who was often seen in his trademark blue denim cap, was always happy extolling the virtues of a junk rig. He started Sunbird Yachts with Alan Boswell in 1976, when they built the Sunbird 32, the first purposedesigned, junk-rigged, production boat. The JRA was set up after Sunbird Yachts’ first Southampton Boat Show in 1979. ‘They realised how few people recognised the virtues of the junk rig, so they had a working model of the rig on their stand, so that passers by could see how easy it is to handle,’ explained Annie Hill, the JRA’s chairman. ‘Robin also offered a service to convert existing boats to junk rig and ran a brokerage specialising in junk-rigged boats. There was a…

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fit alarms, boaters are told after carbon monoxide death

Boat owners are being reminded about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the preventative measures which can be taken to stay safe on board. It follows a recent inquest into the death of Jersey boat owner Kenneth Jeffery, who died on his vessel Mai Oui in St Helier Marina. The inquest into his death found that Mr Jeffery, who was ex-Merchant Navy and used to be a ship’s pilot, died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Lee Battrick, a Jersey-based marine surveyor and consultant who was appointed by the island’s coroner as an expert witness, told PBO that he found nothing wrong with Mr Jeffery’s boat or the exhaust system on board. Instead, he concluded that the carbon monoxide that poisoned the 73-year-old was caused as a result of the ‘station-wagon’ effect, whereby emissions from a…

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hmrc defends the use of red diesel by british boaters

The British government has gone to the European Court of Justice to defend the availability of red diesel for recreational boating. The European Commission believes the UK is in breach of EU rules outlawing fuel tax loopholes, by allowing British yacht owners to buy red diesel, which has a lower tax levy compared to conventional diesel, for use in UK waters. The Commission said in 2011 it would start infraction proceedings against the UK and in 2013 formally requested legislation be amended ‘to ensure that private pleasure boats such as luxury yachts can no longer buy lower-taxed fuel intended for fishing boats’. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said it would challenge this and, as a result, in July 2014 the Commission referred the UK to the Court of Justice. HMRC has now…