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Practical Boat Owner November 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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2 min.
waiting for the tide with the editor

All change, please Truth, we’re told, is stranger than fiction. Certainly, if I’d been asked a year ago to predict what would happen over the following 12 months I doubt I would have written anything quite as dramatic as the reality, both personally and professionally. One of the biggest changes on a personal level has been the transformation of the PBO team from a group of people either with kids long flown the nest, or married with no children. Ben Meakins broke the mould with the appearance of his daughter Ivy in December 2016, and a few months later in July my wife Camilla and I welcomed our new arrival, Clarissa. Like all new dads I’m besotted. She’s already been on the boat, aged just four weeks, and instantly fell asleep, as…

11 min.
irma survivor

Anchored in tranquil Privateer Bay in aquamarine waters on board a beautiful 51ft power catamaran, we took a moment after serving our guests canapés and ice cold Pouilly Fume to download the daily weather forecast. We saw perfectly calm weather predicted for the next three or four days. We also checked the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) website and there, located close to the Cape Verde Islands over 1,000 miles to our east, was a depression becoming organised. For the following three days we continued the charter with our six guests cruising the crystal clear waters of the British Virgin Islands all the while continuing to monitor the depression. Our guests were stunned by the natural beauty of the islands and the breathtaking snorkelling the waters have to offer while enjoying wonderful cuisine…

1 min.
diary dates

▪ Kent Boat Jumble,8 October, The Hop Farm, Tonbridge. boat-jumbles.co.uk ▪ HMS Trincomalee’s Secret Stories, 18 October. The last in a series of talks by the Curator, Clare Hunt, given as part of the ship’s bicentenary celebrations. The talks are half an hour long and focus on different themes, uncovering some of the histories of the ship that aren’t covered on the site or in the guidebooks. They take place lunchtimes and evenings in the Baltic Suite at National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool. Tickets are £5 each (£10 with entry to site). https://tickets.historicdockyard.co.uk/WebStore/shop/ViewItems. aspx?CG=NMRN&C=EVE2 ▪ Scotland’s Boat Show, 13-15 October, Kip Marina, featuring free talks and demonstrations with PBO Ask the Experts Live! www.scotlandsboatshow.co.uk ▪ East Hants (Indoor) Boat Jumble, 5 November, Havant Leisure Centre, Hampshire, boat-jumbles.co.uk ▪ London Boat Show 2018, 10-14 January,…

7 min.
regional news

WALES WEDGED YACHT Both Barmouth RNLI lifeboats, the harbour master and Barmouth coastguard team attended when a 34ft yacht broke its moorings and became caught in Barmouth bridge, in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. The inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.29pm when the call from UK Coastguard came in on 21 August, followed by the all-weather lifeboat at 6.45pm. Given that there was no-one on board the stricken yacht, a fast flowing incoming tide, and the fact the yacht was wedged under the bridge, the decision was made to stand-off until after high water at 8.55pm. The yacht’s rigging was caught up in the bridge meaning any recovery had to be taken slowly to avoid endangering the volunteer crew or the bridge itself. At 9.43pm the mast on the yacht broke under the pressure of the changing…

1 min.
next month

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6 min.

Kipling wasn’t exceedingly fond of sailing ▪ I can’t identify Marcus Tylor’s grandfather’s boat (Letters, PBO September 2017) which looks too big for a private pleasure yacht – a barque-rigged sloop, she must be at least 100 feet long. But I can shed some light on Rudyard Kipling, whom Mr Tylor’s mother remembers seeing photos of on a cruise to Egypt shortly before WW1, and his attitude to boats. Although he wrote prolifically about the sea, and had close connections with the Royal Navy, Kipling went to sea to gather material, or to get somewhere. Only rarely did he go yachting, and then only to be sociable and please his children (he took them on trips with his friend and financial advisor, the London stockbroker Barclay Harper Walton, aboard his steam yacht,…