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Practical Boat Owner September 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

with the deputy editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.uk The battle of the bodge You become blind to the inconvenience It’s funny how the idiosyncrasies of your own boat become second nature. It’s only when you step onto someone else’s boat that you realise your own bodges are perhaps not the best way to do things. For years, to get my boat to go ahead you had to drop the engine briefly into astern before engaging forward gear – a state of affairs that came to seem in the natural order of things. It was only returning from a spell sailing on other boats that prompted a few Morse control tweaks – and she went forwards when you pushed the lever that way. A revelation! It’s rare that you…

5 min.
jury discharged after failing to reach verdicts on cheeki rafiki death charges

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 A jury trying a company boss over the deaths of four people on board the Cheeki Rafiki yacht has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on manslaughter charges, reports Ben Mitchell of the Press Association. Douglas Innes 42, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton, and his company, Stormforce Coaching Limited, were convicted of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner, contrary to Section 100 of the Merchant Shipping Act. However, trial judge Mr Justice Dingemans discharged the jurors at Winchester Crown Court on 14 July after they were unable to reach a decision on the four manslaughter allegations, following four days of deliberation. Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, said they would be…

1 min.
environment secretary pledges action on ocean plastics

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has pledged action to reduce plastic choking our oceans. Around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans each year: experts estimate plastic is ingested by 31 species of marine mammals and more than 100 species of seabirds. As new figures reveal that nine billion fewer plastic bags were used since the government introduced a 5p charge – an 83% reduction – the Environment Secretary set out further plans to prevent other sources of plastic finding their way into our oceans during a speech entitled ‘Delivering a Green Brexit’. The Green Blue, the RYA’s joint environment campaign with British Marine, has welcomed the announcement that legislation will be introduced to ban the manufacture of microbeads – tiny pieces of plastic that are easily swallowed by…

1 min.
fines for red diesel temporarily on hold

UK boats which had abandoned plans to go to Belgium now have until September to cruise without fear of being fined for having red diesel in their tanks, reports the Cruising Association (CA). Four UK boats were each fined r500 this summer when they entered Nieuwpoort with red diesel aboard. The CA’s Regulations and Technical Services (RATS) group, which worked continuously with Belgian authorities over the issue of UK boats allegedly contravening EU rules regarding red diesel, said their contact in Nieuwpoort could give no explanation of the sudden customs action. They have now confirmed that RATS advice, agreed with them three years ago, would be honoured. The Belgian Ambassador to the UK told the CA that Belgium will suspend fines for boats found to be carrying red diesel, until the issue…

1 min.
ca lobster pot petition relaunch

A petition launched by the Cruising Association to make marking of lobster pots safer is to be relaunched after it was shut down by the Government until after the General Election. The CA’s petition hit a nerve with the boating public, as not only did the petition receive nearly 6,000 signatures in two weeks, but the CA received hundreds of emails from people in the UK and worldwide telling of their experiences. Not only were boats severely damaged – some unrecoverable – but hundreds of lives were put at risk when their boats became entangled in the lobster pot tethers. Boating people from as far afield as Nova Scotia, Australia and Scotland contacted the CA about incidents they had suffered. The CA has been working to establish a consensus amongst interested parties,…

1 min.
vhf channel changes

The VHF channels HM Coastguard uses to broadcast Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and conduct radio medical advice are changing. From midmorning on Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86. It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of Ch10 for MSI and pollution control (back-up) is unchanged. It will also be possible to consult information in advance on which aerial will broadcast on which channel. Final testing of the new regime is currently being completed, but the information detailing which aerial will broadcast on which channel will be published at www.rya.org.uk/go/msichannels as soon as it is released by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is expected to be early/mid- August. If you’re out on the water and don’t know which…