Experts’ forum

ON BOARD DIESEL HEATER MAINTENANCE

Matthew Birks, technical expert from Eberspächer, advises on maintaining your on board diesel fuelled air heating system. If your boat is a working boat or you live aboard we recommend having an accredited dealer inspect your installation and service your heater every one to two years. If you are an occasional boater, though, the recommendation is having an accredited dealer ...

Read More »

What makes the perfect marina and what should you look for

Edouard Fiess, CEO and co-founder of Navily, explores what to look for when booking a marina. When looking for a good marina, the selection criteria will be determined by the purpose of mooring – do you require a technical or a leisure stop-over? If you are looking for a technical stopover the decision is straightforward, as it will be based on ...

Read More »

THE USE OF THRUSTERS ON SMALL BOATS

Small, shallow draft motorboats with light to moderate displacements are responsive, rewarding and great fun to drive at high average cruising speeds. But throttle back inside a tightly fitting marina at the end of a long day, perhaps with a springtide flowing and blustery wind to contend with, and these erstwhile pleasant handling characteristics can rapidly change your impression about ...

Read More »

MAN OVERBOARD PREVENTION AND RESCUE

Alistair Hackett, MD at Ocean Safety, looks at the options available in a Man Overboard situation. Falling overboard is something that some of us have experienced, but everyone takes care to avoid.  The danger of being in the water for all but the shortest time greatly increases the risks of fatality or at least hypothermia and water ingestion. Being able ...

Read More »

BATTLE OF THE BUG – CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

Peter Weide, Director of Marine 16, considers diesel bug fuel treatments – enzymes or biocide. Which one and how do they work? Gone are the days of filling up your fuel tank and forgetting about it. Good quality modern diesel is dosed with additives at the refinery, and in an ideal world they last a maximum of six months. Marine ...

Read More »

Spring sailing in the Mediterranean

Sarah Cotgreave, UK Marketing Manager Sunsail, looks at what the Mediterranean offers sailors in the spring. Spring has officially sprung in the Mediterranean. And, as we see temperatures starting to rise from the bougainvillea-blushed streets in the Cyclades to the golden-hued Moorish coastlines across Mallorca, you will soon find that the Mediterranean in springtime holds a certain allure for every ...

Read More »

CARING FOR YOUR ON BOARD BATTERIES

Nick Eales, managing director at Sea Start discusses battery use and care. Battery problems at sea are not uncommon. Sea Start, a marine breakdown service, attends more than 2,000 call outs each year, mostly for electrical faults. These can cover a whole multitude of issues such as starter motors, alternators, fuses, engine management system, switches, corroded contacts and, of course, ...

Read More »

Top tips for buying and positioning a chartplotter

Nick Meadow, UK & Ireland Sales Manager for Garmin, discusses the considerations when buying a chartplotter. Electronic navigation has made big advances especially over the last decade. For example, back in 2007 Garmin® released the first touch screen chartplotter on the market. This product featured a brand-new user interface, which was the biggest change from any product seen before. It ...

Read More »

Disposing of your unused flares safely

Alistair Hackett, managing director of Ocean Safety, advises why flares need to be disposed of correctly, and to go about doing so. The majority of distress flares carried on board all types of vessels are never likely to be used.  They are, after all, only for an emergency, and it is, in fact, illegal to let them off for any ...

Read More »

Why boatowners should use a dehumidifier over winter

Chris Michael, managing director of Meaco (U.K.) Limited, gives his tips on choosing and getting the best out of a dehumidifier. Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and their belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smell musty when you return to ...

Read More »