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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner October 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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waiting for the tide

with the editor Farewell to two good friends This month, Waiting for the Tide becomes a vehicle of farewell. After 20 and six years respectively, our art editor Kevin Slater and production editor Marco Rossi are leaving PBO. As part of a wider restructuring programme, our employers Time Inc UK offered voluntary redundancy to those that wished it, and Kev and Marco opted to move on. Their departure is a sad loss to the magazine and marks the end of an era for PBO; having such a close-knit team of like-minded individuals has helped to shape and maintain the magazine in its position as Britain’s most popular boating magazine. In future, their jobs will be taken on by art and subeditors working remotely as part of a ‘hub’ – such is progress. Kevin…

3 min.
a ‘permanent’ solution to out-of-date distress flare disposal?

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825 News and current affairs from the world of boating Aseries of crowdfunding schemes are being launched to provide long-term disposal solutions for out-of-date distress flares across the United Kingdom. The goal of Ramora UK is to provide four to 10 years of accessible, free, nationwide disposal services for marine distress flares and pyrotechnics. Regional crowdfunding campaigns, starting with the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, have been launched with targets of £42,500 and £85,000 respectively. The Isle of Wight crowdfunder deadline was 30 August, while the deadline for pledges to the Hampshire crowdfunder is 12:57pm on 19 September 2017: po.st/distress-flare. Background Since the Ministry of Defence teams stopped collecting out-of-date flares from Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) stations in 2009, there have been…

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proposed drop-off point locations

A separate campaign is being established for each county/region wishing to have a distress flare disposal service. As an initial assessment, Ramora UK believe these areas would provide a good spread of availability. Anyone wishing to have their area considered should email enquiries@ramorauk.com 1. Hampshire (East) 2. Hampshire West Dorset East 3. Isle of Wight 4. Dorset 5. Devon (South) 6. Cornwall (West) 7. Cornwall North/North Devon Border 8. Bristol Area 9. South Wales (Glamorgan/ Carmarthenshire) 10. North Wales 11. Lancashire 12. Northern Ireland 13. Cumbria/ Dumfriesshire 14. Stirlingshire/ Lanarkshire 15. Inverness-shire 16. Aberdeenshire 17. Northumberland/ Durham 18. Yorkshire (East) 19. Midlands (inland site) 20. Suffolk/Norfolk 21. Thames/London East 22. Kent 23. Sussex (These sites are for collection only and items would be removed for environmentallycompliant disposal elsewhere in the UK.)…

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boaters urged to combat carbon monoxide in light of maib report

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its report following an investigation into the fatal accident on board the motor-cruiser Vasquez. On 12 November 2016, Ray Milton, the owner of the 7.75m motor-cruiser Vasquez, fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide (CO) that had been emitted from his boat’s inboard petrol engine. Although rescuers came to his aid and conducted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, it was not possible to save his life. Both rescuers had to be treated for the effects of CO poisoning. The CO was found to have originated from failed rubber bellows that formed part of the inboard engine’s wet-exhaust system, which was not only leaking exhaust fumes but also water. The boat’s engine had not been regularly serviced, and there was evidence that the exhaust system of…

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joshua one design class yacht adopted for 2022 golden globe race

The story of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s battle to stay ahead of French yachtsman Bernard Moitessier in the 1968/9 Sunday Times Golden Globe solo round-the-world race is one of legend. The 2018 Golden Globe Race, set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Knox- Johnston’s victory in his 32ft ketch Suhaili, has attracted 27 sailors from 14 countries to compete in similar yachts between 32-36ft in length. This race, starting from Plymouth on 30 June next year, has drawn so much interest that competitors, unable to prepare in time, are setting their sights on the 2022 race. The second edition of the race will see the introduction of a class of 40ft One Design steel yachts, called Joshua in honour of Moitessier’s worldgirdling yacht, which began its circumnavigation from Plymouth on 22 August 1968. The…

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on-the-water opportunities at scotland’s boat show

RYA Scotland will be getting people afloat again at the 31st edition of Scotland’s Boat Show, from 13-15 October at Kip Marina. Following the success last year in getting hundreds of visitors to try boating for the first time, many more can experience water activities at the show again this year. Working in partnership with RYA training providers sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae, You & Sea, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, RYA Scotland is providing free sail and powerboat experiences, including fully-accessible Hansa dinghies, and the wheelchairfriendly Wheelyboat. The on-water experiences can be booked in advance at www.scotlandsboatshow.co.uk or on the day at the RYA Scotland Pavilion. Ewan Curruthers of You & Sea said: ‘The show was really good last year, with everyone very enthusiastic and a massive variety of…