Experts’ forum

Preparing for the summer cruise

Steve Bockett, Ocean Safety Training Manager, helps sailors prepare for their summer cruises. During the summer many boat owners, with their families and friends, head off for a bit of a cruise. The traditional summer cruise is longer than the average weekend or overnight outing that most sailors undertake and needs quite a bit more planning. Starting with the route ...

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BOAT’S WINCHES

Winches are expensive and vital pieces of deck hardware that have a tough life and are often exposed to the elements all year round. So it is vital that you look after them. If the sheets or guy are snagging, binding or the winch is not rotating freely then it is time for maintenance. It is important to make sure ...

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Making upwind cruising more fun

Jeremy White, Loft Manager at Elvstrom Sails UK, offers some tips to bring the best out of your boat upwind, and make for a pleasurable sail too. Cruising upwind fills some sailors with doom and gloom. And, we often see cruising boats motoring upwind, sails flapping, bashing into the waves, which cannot be fun. Tell-tales To sail properly you need ...

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How technology is changing standard products into multi-functional safety aids

Tom Harrop, product manager at Exposure Lights, discusses smart lighting and safety. As well as being able to summon an Uber taxi or your dry-cleaning service on land, rapid changes in mobile technology has made its impact on boating safety. These advances are helping boaters access lower cost safety and navigation aids. Mobile APPs with navigation data have been available ...

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How on board electronics are aligning with tablets and smartphones

Alan Davis, Product Line Director B&G, looks at aligning portable devices with built-in electronics. The growth of tablets and smartphones has opened up a huge opportunity for sailors to view and control their navigation data on board. At face value a tablet offers a low-cost, portable way to view charts, navigation information and instrument data from anywhere on board, but ...

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The benefits of dry berthing your boat out of the water

Lee Pollock, boat yard manager, explains why dry berthing could be for you. There is nothing new about marinas offering dry sailing for racing yachts and dry stacking for small motorboats and RIBs. While you might be one of the many owners who prefer to keep their boat in the water so that it is always ready to sail away, ...

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STAYING SAFE WITH GAS ON BOARD

David J Waugh, managing director of Apollo Gas Ltd, considers the safety aspects relating to gas on board. For those of us with gas on board, it should be remembered that Butane or Propane is the single most dangerous substance we carry. It is more volatile than the gas we use at home and we use it in an environment ...

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Beneath the Surface: The Art of Dredging

Dr. Ben Carroll, In-house expert and Assistant Project Manager at MDL Marinas, shares his insight into the art of dredging and why this is an essential practice for all marinas. Maintaining an exemplary marina which offers an efficient service is the utmost priority for all marina managers. However much of the work at a marina takes place under the surface. ...

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UNDERSTANDING NMEA AND INSTALLATION ON YOUR BOAT

Phil Whitehurst is the CEO of NMEA specialist Actisense, a marine electronics manufacturer based in Poole. NMEA, which stands for National Marine Electronics Association, is a not for profit organisation based in the USA. Its mission is to improve communications between marine electronics manufacturers. The latest standard is known as NMEA 2000 or N2K and is intended as the eventual ...

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