Author Archives: Mark Hyde

Selecting a boat cover

Bill investigates the differences between waterproof and water-resistant, chafe resistant or UV resistant. Will it be acrylic, PVC, vinyl or polyester? Just when I thought it was safe to broach the subject with “The Admiral” of her joining me for a short-break weekend aboard – she ambushed me with the question of when I was going to invest in a ...

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Spring Cleaning

Bill gets to grips with the big pre-season clean, looking at restoring the teak, cleaning the decks and much more. With the weather improving and the Easter weekend very warm, my attention has turned to the final push of readiness for the season – the “spring clean”. If I’m to have any chance of getting ‘The Admiral’ (her indoors) out ...

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Ropes & Blocks

I must confess that for the past few weeks I’ve been strutting the pontoon gleefully looking at all the boats yet to be lifted and cleaned; knowing I have the boat with probably the smoothest and cleanest bum (below water area) in the marina. We have already had a few very pleasant sojourns out of the marina as the odd ...

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Below Water Servicing and Protection

Bill Selsey looks at the options available in the antifoul market With the below water hull once again looking like it should do and not a flaking horror show (thank you Peelaway Marine); my attention has now been focused on how to best protect the below water areas and what products to use. The simplistic view is to apply antifouling, ...

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Antifoul Removal

Bill Selsey looks at this long overdue and much dreaded activity! The hull is starting to look like the surface of the moon due to the vast number of dry paint flakes that have been detaching over the recent years as you have applied fresh new antifouling. It has been several years since the boat was last stripped of all ...

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Suzuki showcase the ultimate safety boat packages

Returning once again as the title sponsor of the RYA Dinghy Show, Suzuki Marine will be showcasing the very latest in outboard motor technology as part of its line-up of ultimate four stroke outboards – across the weekend of 3 & 4 March 2018 at Alexandra Palace, London.   The only show of its kind dedicated to dinghy sailing, the ...

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Beaulieu Boatjumble another success

With more than 560 stands crammed with nautical paraphernalia, everything was shipshape and Beaulieu fashion as nearly 6,600 visitors turned out for the 40th Boatjumble. Boating enthusiasts turned out in force for the landmark event on Sunday 23rd April and were spoilt for choice by the impressive variety of marine items on offer, as they scoured the event fields for ...

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