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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner June 2017

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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3 min.
waiting for the tide

To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, sign up on our website: www.pbo.co.uk Season according to taste... Spring is upon us! Although the magazine cover may be telling us that it’s June, it isn’t really – it’s April, and that means we have months of sailing ahead of us. If, like me, you’ve been cooped up behind a desk staring moodily at what the Scots gruffly call ‘smir’ for what feels like a lifetime, the call of the running tide now feels less of a call than an unstoppable force akin to gravity or Betty Boothroyd. Here’s hoping that the unknowable machinations of British weather appreciate the allure of sunshine and soft breezes as much as we do and give us a sailing season to remember. Returning briefly to smir, a totally unverified…

15 min.

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825 Maersk tankers to be fitted with huge rotating sails First installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel Flettner rotor sails will be installed and trialled on board a Maersk Tankersowned vessel, marking the first installation of windpowered energy technology on a product tanker vessel. The rotor sails will be fitted during the first half of 2018 before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019, in an initiative by Norsepower Oy Ltd, Maersk Tankers, the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) , and Shell Shipping & Maritime. Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647-deadweight tonne (DWT) Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel which will be retrofitted with two 30m tall by 5m diameter Norsepower Rotor…

9 min.
regional news

Send us your local news stories. Email PBO news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825, or write to the address on page 5 SOUTH FESTIVAL RETURN The Gosport Marine Festival 2017 returns on Saturday, May 27, two years on from the inaugural 2015 event. This free community event, which will run from 10am-5pm, is offering more than 800 places for people of all ages and abilities to go afloat. Activities will include dinghy and yacht sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and rowing, short voyages for disabled people aboard the Wet Wheels accessible catamaran, a marine art and craft exhibition, food and drink stalls, and live entertainment. The day will centre on Haslar Marina, in Trinity Church and on its surrounding Green, in the Timespace and at the Cockle Pond near Walpole Park. www.gosportmarinefestival.org.uk CHANNEL…

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Email pbo@timeinc.com or write to us at the address on page 5. Photos are appreciated, letters may be edited. In praise of old-style PVC-coated nylon waterproofs I’m writing to support Sam Llewellyn’s observations on waterproof breathables (‘Thank heavens for dry wit’, PBO March). I sail on the west coast of British Columbia: the climate here is similar to the British Isles, namely a bit on the soggy side. I have a Gore-Tex jacket which I wear on land, and it’s brilliant for activities involving strenuous exercise while being rained on with fresh water, like biking (which I do daily) and hiking (which I do rarely). But they’re next to useless around salt water. The salt quickly clogs the micro-pores, rendering the jacket non-breathable, so now you’re bathed in your own perspiration. Waterproof breathables have…

4 min.
a technical knockout

Mad about the boat Dave Selby is the proud owner of a 5.48m (18ft) Sailfish, which he keeps on a swinging mooring on the picturesque Blackwater estuary in Essex I could tell my classicleaky- wooden-boat sailor chum Dan was impressed. In fact, I don’t think he’d ever seen anything quite like my Sailfish. As he tapped the hull in wonder at its complete lack of weeping knots, rusty nails and holes, I took his expression to be one of awe; or it could have been just ‘or!’, as I don’t think he’d ever seen a boat with water mainly on the outside But that was only the start of his enlightenment. To say I’ve embraced technology is quite an understatement. Over the last year my Sailfish has been festooned with more computing power…

4 min.
impeccable handling

Flotsam and jetsam Sam Llewellyn is editor of The Marine Quarterly, www.marinequarterly.com, and author of nautical thrillers. Three years ago he bought a Corribee on eBay The winter refit is done. This may sound a bit pompous, since the boat in question is a Corribee, twenty-two feet of total simplicity with the manners of a floating angel. But this year we have been doing more than touching up paint and hoping we put the new impeller in the outboard the right way round. There have been major changes, by Neptune. Most important of these has been casting lead in order to increase keel weight after a couple of knockdowns last year. Large segments of antique house roof have been stuck in an old aluminium saucepan over a fire of wood aspirated by a…