Experts’ forum

Simple steps to maximise performance on your boat

Rob Lyne, sales and marketing manager at Barton Marine, provides a number of solutions to help your crew work to the best of their ability. Maximising efficiency on your boat is important, especially when navigating solo or sailing with novices or young crew. There are many simple steps you can take as skipper to ensure you and your crew can ...

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Beginners’ guide to yacht sailing

Chris Warwick, principal of Universal Yachting, gives essential advice for beginners thinking about starting yacht sailing. You only have to head to the coast to see the wide array of yachts large and small, old and new, tucked away in marinas, anchorages, river moorings and harbours, all full of people enjoying themselves. There is nothing better than the relaxation and ...

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Start the new year with lifejacket maintenance

Jeremy Dale, Managing Director of SeaSafe Systems, explains why regular maintenance of lifejackets is essential. For some reason many people treat lifejackets in the same way as they treat old coats, in other words they pass them down and do not throw them away. They are kept somewhere on the boat for when those dirty jobs need to be done ...

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Selecting the best clothing for your sailing lifestyle

Andrew Dudgeon, Henri Lloyd Technical Product Manager, looks at choosing the best attire for your sailing needs and the future technology of marine apparel. Selecting the correct clothing can make a huge difference to a sailor’s comfort and performance, which in turn is vital for the wearer’s confidence, safety and agility whilst on board and overall enjoyment when on the ...

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The effect of weather on boaters’ eyes and keeping them healthy

Optometrist Sarah Farrant offers her top tips for keeping your eyes healthy at sea. Keep your peepers under wraps The weather can cause the moisture that lubricates our eyes to evaporate too quickly causing our eyes to stream with water or dry–up and feel gritty. Wearing wraparound sunglasses will protect your eyes not just from harsh UV rays but from ...

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LONG DISTANCE SAILING PREPARATION

Andy Willett of Stella Maris Yachting explains how to properly prepare for a long distance sailing trip. The current interest in long distance sailing shows no sign of slowing down as many owners, crews, couples and families give up their jobs to buy a comfortable boat, usually 40ft plus, and make plans to head off across the Atlantic, through the ...

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Why go sailing in the autumn in the Mediterranean?

Paul Mason, Principal & Chief Instructor, Sunsail Agana, Croatia Marine Division, believes that autumn is the best time to explore the Med. As a professional sailor and having worked for several years in the sail training and charter industries, I tend to get ask the same questions by my guests. They are usually something along the lines of ‘’What do ...

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Buying the dream

With many people looking to buy a boat at next month’s Southampton Boat Show Stuart Austin, MD of Promarine Finance, looks at finance options to help you live the dream. The dream of boat ownership or upgrading your existing boat need not be that far away. This could be a motorboat with a cuddy or an extra berth, changing from ...

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Pulse Compressed Radar

Raymarine Pro Ambassador Alan Watson, describes the technique and the benefits of pulse compression radar. Although new to leisure radars the technique of pulse compression in radar is not a recent innovation. In fact the original patents date back to the 1940s. However one of the requirements of implementing this technology in small craft is to move away from magnetron ...

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Mike Peskett, Principal Race Officer

Mike Peskett, Principal Race Officer of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, gives an insight into the build-up to this iconic event and reflects on his long-standing involvement. The date of this year’s edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, is 2 July. Each year ...

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