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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner July 2017

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

Good things in small packages You might be holding this issue thinking ‘this feels a bit small’ or ‘this feels a bit thin’. I won’t dissemble – it is. This slimming-down doesn’t just affect Practical Boat Owner either – you’ll find that all the magazines from our publisher have been affected more or less, with reduced page sizes and thinner paper. PBO’s paper weight has dropped by five percent, and our pages are narrower and slightly shorter. I won’t pretend that I, or any of the PBO staff, are exactly delighted. Smaller pages put more pressure on article word counts and picture sizes, while reducing the paper weight affects the ‘thump’ factor as subscribers’ magazines drop through the letterbox, and can make the pictures look dull. Ironically, our position as Britain’s best-selling boating…

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SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825 Snap election sinks lobster pot petition A Cruising Association (CA) petition calling for a consultation regarding the marking of lobster pots for the safety of small craft, attracted 6,375 signatures in under a fortnight. But the announcement of the General Election on June 8 has meant the closure of the Government’s petition committee and all signatures so far collected are now lost. Participants sent the CA horror stories of how they were entangled by low visibility lobster pots. Some incidents were life-threatening, others became a danger to other craft and some meant fishermen lost valuable gear because vessels had be to cut free and the tackle dropped to the sea bottom. The CA will be re-launching the petition after the election. A…

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clipper race responds to publication of report into fatal accidents

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its final report into two deaths in the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the first fatalities in the event’s 20-year history. During the 2015/16 edition of the race, crew member Andrew Ashman sustained a fatal neck injury during an uncontrolled gybe when the preventer parted 122 miles west of Porto, Portugal on 4 September 2015. Later in the same event on 1 April 2016, untethered crew member Sarah Young was washed overboard from the same yacht, IchorCoal. Ms Young was recovered 80 minutes later, but never regained consciousness. A Clipper Race spokesman said ‘the reasons why these individuals failed to follow their basic training in these incidents will remain unknown and theories are purely speculative’. The MAIB report highlights the following safety issues: •Effective…

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new host city for 2018 golden globe race announced

The Golden Globe Race is all about anniversaries. Thursday 14 June 2018 will be the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s start in the Sunday Times Race, which led to him becoming the first person to sail solo non-stop around the globe aboard his 32ft yacht Suhaili. To mark the occasion, the 30 skippers competing in the 2018 Golden Globe Race using authentic boats and kit, will join hundreds of yachts in Falmouth Harbour for a sail-past salute to Sir Robin. Historic yachts joining the commemoration include Sir Francis Chichester’s famous Gipsy Moth IV, Sir Alec Rose’s Lively Lady, a replica of Sir Chay Blyth’s original Golden Globe race yacht Dytiscus III and Joshua, which Bernard Moitessier sailed in the original Sunday Times Race. The Royal Cornwall YC will host a Suhaili gala…

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pbo’s golden anniversary competition winners

A competition to mark the 50th anniversary edition of the magazine saw PBO give away Aquapac dry bags to 50 lucky winners. We asked readers to pose with the May 2017 issue and share why they enjoy PBO. Meet a few of the winners: Newly-retired Charles Howard, from Waterlooville, said: ‘I’m a fan because of the mixture of practical stuff and tempting cruising, and it’s absolutely bang up to date with all the new gear and safety legislation. I very much enjoyed the rebuild of Project Boat Hantu Biru and I’m looking forward to the next one with the Secret 20.’ PBO contributor Olly Perkins, aged 15, from Guildford said: ‘I really like the projects for the boat and there’s always stuff to do. I’m currently making a larger sail for our Optimist…

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thousands flock to sunshine-filled 40th beaulieu boatjumble

Boating enthusiasts turned out in force for a landmark Beaulieu Boatjumble, which this year celebrated 40 years of nautical bargain hunting. The event also marked the golden anniversary of show sponsor Practical Boat Owner and hundreds of visitors packed into our Ask the Experts Live! marquee for a day of free talks and demonstrations by marine industry experts. Nearly 6,600 visitors turned out for the Boatjumble’s ruby year, which offered more than 560 stands crammed with nautical paraphernalia. Trunk Traders saw more than 100 enthusiasts selling unwanted spares and nautical knick-knacks from car boots. Mike and Bernie Wrankmore from Bournemouth said: ‘We’ve been coming to the Boatjumble every year for 30 years. The best bit is the bargains when you can get them. We’ve been here in all sorts of weather, including when it’s…