Author Archives: Mark Hyde

Bill prepares himself and the boat for the winter

This month Bill looks at all the main areas of your boat that will need to be winterised to avoid disappointment in the spring. It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and it’s time to make the decision on whether to lift the boat early to have a good few months of drying out or to stay in ...

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Southampton Boat Show Planning – Part Two

Bill looks ahead to this year’s boat show and does a spot of planning Having taken the time last month to (some would say over meticulously) plan my two-day trip to the show, I have been spending the past few days thinking of all the side-line attractions that one always intends visiting but seldom does. Not being a very good ...

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Southampton Boat Show Planning

From my last article, you may recall that ‘The Admiral’ and I took an early season shakedown cruise down the coast. Without doubt it will be remembered as one of our most enjoyable. We were blessed with brilliant blue-sky weather, fair winds, a superb coastline to cruise and explore and we also met some great folk along the way. What ...

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Summer Planning

Bill enjoys some quality time on board and does a spot of planning If only ‘The Admiral’ (also known as the Wife) had suggested years ago to purchase a boat cover to protect and keep the boat clean when not in use. On receipt of the brand-new cover, we spent an honest few days work getting our pride and joy ...

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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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