Experts’ forum

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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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IS CARBON ALWAYS THE ANSWER?

Selden Mast’s Susannah Hart explains why Maiden chose a carbon rig over aluminium. When Tracy Edwards’ crew set sail around the world on the newly revamped Maiden yacht they will do so with a carbon rig, made by Seldén Mast Ltd. But why? Especially when originally Maiden had aluminium spars, which served her so well in the epic 1989/90 Whitbread ...

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Choosing the perfect entertainment system for your boat

Kevin Lott, EMEA OEM Sales Director at Fusion Entertainment, offers his top tips for buying the ideal on board entertainment system. If you are looking to invest in a new audio entertainment system for your boat, there can seem to be an endless amount of options to choose from. But a word of warning – if your gear is not ...

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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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