Practical Boat Owner May 2021

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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timeless classics

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: Boating is a good example of a timeless pursuit. It will take up every spare moment, for one thing, and before you know it, you’ve spent most of your life messing around with boats… but joking aside, it is the sort of passion in life that enables 19-year-olds to have genuine, meaningful connections with 90-year-olds. Our readership, in other words, as represented by our contributors. This issue’s (most) venerable mariner is Loris Goring, age 89, who was a regular contributor to Motorboat & Yachting and Motorboats Monthly from the 1960s-2005. It’s been fascinating to work with him (page 42) and although his eyesight might be failing, his opinions still stand strong. In the news pages we say farewell to…

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sir robin leads euro visa campaign

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at, tel: 0330 390 6738 Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is leading a Cruising Association (CA) campaign to reduce the impact of Brexit on British small boat cruisers wishing to voyage extensively in European waters, including inland waterways. An estimated 30,000 British sailors keep their boats within European Union (EU) waters, but British citizens are no longer EU nationals, so are now subject to ‘third country’ rules. That means British citizens can currently only visit Schengen Area Member States within the EU for 90 days in every 180-day period. The Schengen Agreement covers 27 member countries including many popular cruising grounds such as Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Not all EU countries are signatories to the Schengen Agreement. One…

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what about cruising in eire?

Ireland and the UK are in the Common Travel Area meaning there are no time limits on visits by UK citizens to Ireland. Also, Eire is not within Schengen, so there’s no 90 days in 180 clock ticking either. On 8 May 2019, the Irish and UK governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the Common Travel Area and identifying the rights and privileges of Irish and UK citizens within the CTA. It also reaffirms the commitment to maintain the CTA following Brexit. Find out more at…

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‘we’ll learn and come back stronger’

Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team has been knocked out of the Prada Cup final by their Italian rivals in light-wind conditions. Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli won the Series 7-1 over Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK. At the time of going to press, the Italian team was preparing to compete in the 36th America’s Cup Match, against the defender Emirates Team New Zealand – as happened 20 years ago on the Hauraki Gulf, vying for the oldest trophy in international sport. Speaking after the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, winning co-helmsman Jimmy Spithill said: “We kept the mistakes down, stayed calm, made good decisions and the boat did the job.” Co-helm Francesco Bruni was less reserved: “Fantastico!” Sir Ben, INEOS Team UK Skipper and Team Principal, was gracious in defeat. He said: “Congratulations to the team,…

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red diesel reprieve apart from ni

The entitlement to use red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain, the Chancellor has announced. In Northern Ireland, however, private pleasure craft will no longer be able to use red diesel for propulsion because of the 2018 Court of Justice of the European Union ruling and the obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement. The ‘red letter day’ follows months of consultation and discussion with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), by British Marine (BM), the Cruising Association and Royal Yachting Association, who successfully argued that having two colours of diesel would cause fuel supply problems and impact on safe sailing in the UK. BM CEO Lesley Robinson, said: “This is a big success story for the leisure marine…

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new award launched

PBO’s sister title Yachting Monthly has launched the Brian Black Memorial Award for marine environmental journalism. The award is in memory of filmmaker, lifelong sailor and YM contributor Brian Black and his wife, Lesley, who was a sailor and author in her own right. Both passed away recently. If you wish to write about issues affecting the marine environment, as explored by sailing boat, the deadline for entries is 8 August 2021. The winner will receive a £1,000 prize, plus £500 to donate to charity.…